Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Writer's block... I found my answer! How do YOU overcome it?
"Just one more thing..." (sorry, couldn't resist).
I've been doing a lot of research lately, intertwined with spasmodic spells of writing my current novel. However, I recently hit, what I call 'plot-block'. It's closely related to 'writers' block', but I tend to get this amid the intricacies of longer works. Whereas, with short stories an idea just pops into my head, soon followed by a title and, within an hour or so, I have something to mould into shape. The process with shorter works is so much smoother.
Anyway, last weekend I'd been looking forward to a couple of blank diary days, but when the time came, I just found myself struggling at a crossroads, not knowing which way to turn...
It was deeply frustrating, as I really wanted to crack on and get stuck in. Remembering past writing sessions that flowed, I began searching in the kitchen cupboards for a tipple. And there it was... in a box... the answer... an unopened bottle of Martell's cognac with '2000' emblazoned in multi-colour on the box. Three glasses later, and I wrote till five in the morning!
Ps. I'm booked into an AA meeting next Friday!