Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Write on!

We're all writers, right? We write blogs, letters, shopping lists, books and more. Or less. But there are times when doing something as simple as putting words down on a sheet of paper (or on computer) seems about as difficult as dry-stone walling with your hands tied together. And blindfolded.

This is one of those mornings. I've loads of ideas (this isn't one of them!) and no inkling about shaping them into something as ephemeral as a tweet, let alone a blog post. Of course, they say a problem shared is a problem halved. And a problem not only shared but solved is not a problem anymore. So, I'm asking for your writing tips. In particular, I'm asking for the strategies you use when you are stuck.

Ted Hughes advocated writing anything - gibberish, rubbish - just scrawling on the paper until the real ideas, the real words, started flowing. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview a number of authors (Bill Herbert, Talli Roland, Tamsyn Murray, Gary Murning and Guy de la Bédoyère among them) in the process of compiling my latest book and they all had some fascinating things to say about the process of inspiration, writing, revising and publishing.

But probably because I was 'on fire' at the time, brimming with ideas and at a stage where the words were flowing I didn't think to ask them anything about writer's 'block'. I did, of course, cover it in the book. But perhaps I failed to give it due attention. And now the muse has done a runner and I need your help.

Share your tips below and I'll give my favourite a copy of the book. It needn't be scientific or profound or even original. As long as it works. Because if it works for you, it might do the same for me. And at the moment I need all the help I can get!

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