Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Writing Jumpstart by Christine Duncan

I've been thinking a lot lately about writing jump starts. This time of year tends to throw me a curve ball. I get so busy that writing just...doesn't happen. And yet time after time, the thing that has always gotten me writing again--besides having a critique group that expects something out of me--is just hard to believe in this age of technology.

Because you see, what gets me started writing, when I'm not sure how to write myself out of a scene or where to even go in a story, is simply, to sit down with a pad of paper and a pen and write. It doesn't work to sit at a computer. I can always do something else on the computer even if it's just my bank reconciliation. I can't dictate the story to a microphone. And I can't tell you how often, I can't even articulate to myself where I thought the story should go. But somehow when I sit down with a pad of paper and a pen, the words start to flow.

Turns out, I may have been on to something. I read an article the other day quoting Georgetown University psychiatrist, Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. the author of Transcendence. Dr. Rosenthal advises the stressed out among us (and believe me, when I can't write, I'm stressed) to "Stop what you're doing and scribble anything that comes to mind. Writing--a left brain activity--can turn off negative emotions occurring in the right side of your brain."

Huh! Take that Techies! I'm not old-fashioned, I'm just soothing my inner self! And productively too!


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Interesting advice, I'll have to try that. Thanks, Marilyn

Anonymous said...

I like it! On the other hand, those negative emotions that the right brain churns out are essential fodder for mystery writers. Back to the keyboard I go!

William Doonan

Jean Henry Mead said...

I know what you mean about computer distractions, but I have a problem drawing out scenes with pen on paper. I can't scribble fast enough to keep up with my thoghts.

Morgan Mandel said...

I have to ease into my writing by answering a few emails first. Trouble is, sometimes I overdo it on the email said!

Morgan Mandel

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