|Jenna Glatzer: Outwitting Writer's Block|
Lyons Press (Trade Paperback), ISBN 1-59228-124-9
Jenna Glatzer takes on writer's block to loosen up your intellectual constipation. She opens her medicine box to produce remedies for every occasion including cold feet. Remember the teacher in third grade who marked your paper for neatness when you could write two letters on the same blue stripe. It inhibits your writing flow to worry about writing uphill or falling off the page. Just get it done and worry about the neatness later.
Getting rid of bad habits learned from teachers often proves the hardest challenge to overcome. Writers need to learn that not all rules should be kept; many should be broken. Front-loading the book, Jenna presents the myths from meanies and the rules meant to be broken.
Isolation should be relegated to plague wards. Being eclectic in your writing helps to keep the circulation moving. The blood must flow to the brain in order for inspiration to survive. If you feel caged by an outline, then flee it. Scribble anything, then enjoy rewriting it. Don't inhibit yourself unnecessarily.
One after another, Glatzer blasts the stereotypic maxims frequently found in writer's books and on the Internet. Glatzer shows how to exploit your writing weaknesses. Imagine the page as a canvas and you happen to be Leonardo or a crazy Picasso. Splash color on it; create blue nudes and melodies in yellow. Learn to make your own rules in order to find the mechanisms that spark your creativity. Use newspaper and magazine articles; dig out writing prompts and scavenge stranger's conversations while you chomp on the bagel in the coffee shop.
Glatzer teaches you to plan, scheme and dream so that on bad days, you grind along like a steamroller. Don't wait for inspiration. Learn to plot your time out so that when the mind freezes, you go on to other things that use habitual actions rather than relying on spontaneous action. Identify your motives to match them with your goals. Realize your reasons influence your outcomes. Set your goals so that you can be both realistic and idealistic simultaneously.
Providing tips and techniques, Glatzer shows how a writer can overcome writer's block to become productive even on bad days. Keep a dream journal and kick the critic off his pedestal as needed. Each section of the book gives insight on how to handle specific problems with practical application. You also read snatches of interviews with successful writers.
Learn what to do when you get stalled and use props and play cards to learn new tricks. Inserted in between the tips and passages of enlightenment you will find prompts, urging you to pick up your pen to write. Overflowing with ideas, the book stimulates creativity by its many approaches to the problem of writer's block.
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