It’s been almost three weeks since my return from Nirvana and I’ve produced nada. I’ve been wondering how I could go from my post-trip “all-writing-engines-revved-to-maximum-capacity” to the pencil-tapping vacuum in which I currently sit (lovingly called my office).
Not to worry! I think I’ve stumbled upon a way to get back to writing!
Muse: I would hardly call my incessant nagging a “stumble.”
From whence came this epiphany, you ask? Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of Dramatica, has a wonderful blog that I doubt I could live without. In fact, while in Europe The Storymind Writer’s Library was one of the only emails I would allow myself to receive on a daily basis. Anyway, one of Ms. Phillips’ most recent posts struck my Muse so strongly that I have not been able to get Her to quit bothering me about it.
Muse: Thank you.
I now understand that “trapped in a routine” for both characters and the writer is an enormous “block” that has wedged itself in the crevasse of my desire to write and my inability to put word to paper. I must use the experience of my trip to Europe as a way to not only jostle my own creative lethargy but to also shake up my characters. Lord knows we all need to be set free from routine!
Muse: You’re welcome. Now break that routine…the one where you whine about not writing…and get to work!
P.S. I love, love, love Dramatica. I use it to discipline my inconsistent and convoluted plots, characters, etcetera, etcetera. Dramatica doesn’t help you write your tome but rather keeps the story development headed in a direction that doesn’t require a reader “mind-meld” exercise in order to understand your story’s progress.