Normal Service

You may have guessed that progress with my second novel is rather slow at the moment  – hence all these displacement activities. I could write a book about writer’s block – 100 ways to beat the block.  But would it be just another diversionary tactic? Watch this space.

Other things that are intruding on my time include trying to build up a supply of 400 word stories for the parish magazine and longer ones to read on the radio. If I can do that I’ll be free to concentrate on the novel for a while.

Anyway, here are a few more suggestions for beating the dreaded block.

Pay attention to your surroundings and let your imagination take over.

  • How did that person come to be homeless?
  • Who owns that abandoned shoe and how did they lose it?
  • Who’s buried under that anonymous wooden cross in the churchyard?
  • What horrible ailment brings that poor soul to the doctor’s surgery?
  • Why are those two people so annoyed with each other?

Study other people and imagine them in different situations.

  • Do they like dancing?
  • Are they allergic to anything?
  • What makes them shudder? Or giggle?
  • Are they afraid of spiders? Or roller coasters? Or buttons?
  • Do they like cheese? Or hate it?

Agatha Christie said that the best time for planning a book is while you’re washing the dishes. So, when none of the above is working, distract yourself.

  • Trim the budgie’s beak
  • Do the crossword, or some weeding
  • Practice cartwheels round the yard
  • Bake some bread
  • Stare into space
  • Spend that lottery win.

When you can’t see a way out of a problem, put it on the back burner and forget about it. Trust your brain to come up with a solution. Trust me – it will. Though I can’t guarantee that this won’t be at 3am, so keep that notebook by your bed, just in case. Who needs sleep, anyway?


4 thoughts on “Normal Service

  1. Yes, that Muse has a sense of humor, doesn’t she? Striking when we least expect it and our hands are wrist-deep in kneading bread or scrubbing the counters (which should have been done ages ago, I know!).

    But I’m always grateful when she does 🙂

    • I know – I have to pull over to the side and stop the car if I’m driving and something occurs to me. Haven’t caused an accident yet, but there’s still time! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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