(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 24 July 2013.)
Some writers never seem to run out of good ideas. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. If you are in the same boat that I’m in, the Old Soldier is here to offer some hope.
The first thing you should understand is that creativity can be like the ocean, deep and mysterious. When the tide flows out, we are left with barren rocks. When the tide rushes in, it brings with it all sorts of small creatures who could mature into healthy first-class writing ideas.
Sometimes to help this creative process along, you and I may have to change a routine or search out a new adventure, even if the new adventure is listening to a station on the radio that we normally don’t listen to.
Or maybe it’s time to paint the dog house or (in my case) wash the windows.
And while all this is going on, we have to be in watchful-waiting mode. For when the tide comes rushing in, we have to have our net ready to pluck a new idea wiggling and squirming from the surf before the tide rushes out again.
But if you don’t get that catch this time, don’t worry. That tide will be back. Writer’s block, where is thy sting?
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