We’ve all been there. Stuck. Stumped. Stopped. Welcome to writer’s block. It’s a lonely, frustrating place—but don’t throw in your towel just yet.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we tend to generalize people, professions, and a host of other things. Here are some misconceptions about writers that are re-used, over-used, and should not be recycled.
Writing short takes an entirely new perspective and frame of mind. It takes a lot of discipline, which is part of the challenge and fun of it. So, what is the formula for these kinds of stories?
I loved the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. So, I was both reluctant and excited to see the sequel. As it turned out, it was surprisingly boring. Many of the jokes by themselves should have worked, but somehow, they didn’t. Why?
It’s all material.
That’s what I tell myself no matter the situation. Now, that’s not much consolation when you whack your pinky toe on the edge of your desk or walk into a wall after waking up from a hard nap, but it’s true.
Grey and edgy—that’s the way to write a real story. “Good” is a simplistic notion, a synonym for “weak and boring,” a malady of the Mary Sue.
Or is it?