… and a “good guy” in your story …
please stop writing clichés.
Write real people instead.
Tonight’s Sisters in Crime meeting had a ‘writers block’ exercise: take 3 different images and write a story based on them in 10 minutes.
My three photos were all from a small town in Greenland:
- A picture of a hotdog stand owned by a man from Denmark
- A group of girls dancing traditional Greenland dances
- A view of the town’s small fishing port
My results have kind of a Grendel vibe to it, and a noir aspect courtesy of reading some French noir fiction recently:
Tired of his bridge, the Danish troll opened a hot dog stand. Right near the port where tourists came to eat hot dogs and watch traditional dances.
His mother, who still lived in the water of the port, stole crabs and fish from the fishermen, and children from the tourists.
One day, he ran out of hot dogs.
He called to his mother in ancient Trollish: “I need one of your children.”
“No, I’ve eaten the last one. Get your own!”
No threat to any of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, but fun. And having fun writing certainly makes dealing with writers block easier!
And keep in mind that he wrote everything by hand!
Guest post by Christopher Farnsworth at Handwritten Girl.
There are many ways to hack a mind. One is by controlling the input you give it. (As in how Fox News controls the minds of its followers.) Most interesting book I’ve read about that idea is Exploded View, by Sam McPheeters, in which software control over what we perceive overturns our very perception of reality.
Good post and good book to read (both Chris’ and Exploded View).
Excellent advice and techniques for getting around creative blocks of many more sorts than only drawing:
Despite the financial/business word “capital” in the headline, we creative folk can benefit from this, too: