Mystery, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, horror & YA by "Cheryl Kaye Tardif" & romance by "Cherish D'Angelo". Cheryl is represented by Trident Media Group in NY.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Writer's Block and Alice in Wonderland

Talking with a friend of mine today, we somehow ended up on the topic of writer's block and Alice in Wonderland author, Lewis Carroll. I recall years ago reading something about the author being on drugs during that period of his life. It certainly explains the wacky adventure poor Alice finds herself on.

My friend and I surmised that whatever Carroll was on, it certainly broke through any possible writer's block. Not that either of us would advocate using drugs. In fact I've yet to experience writer's block and I'm afraid no one would be able to handle me if I were any wackier than I already am.

But it sure was an interesting conversation. :-)

Whenever I want to write something new, all I need is a whisper of a character, or a topic, or a theme, and voila! There's the idea.

I do have sympathy, however, for writers who struggle. All I can say is look around you. See that hole in the wall? There's a story behind it. There's a story in the two women chatting across from me now at Starbucks. Read a newspaper and you'll find a million possible topics.

In the end it comes down to one solution for writer's block. WRITE.

Write anything. Even if it's the same sentence over and over again.

Even if it's the same sentence over and over again.

Even if--

Okay, you've got the picture. Now, off you go, down the rabbit hole that is the world of creativity and stories. Say hi to the Mad Hatter for me!

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