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Maureen A. Griswold Go out and live in the world, engage with it in contrast to merely sitting at a desk thinking you can write about it. LIVE your life -- have experiences that challenge you, even those that may make you struggle. In time, you'll have a wealth of experience, some wisdom, and a perspective unique to you. This makes your writing distinctive and -- hopefully -- worthwhile and memorable for readers.
Maureen A. Griswold Telling myself I only have to spend 15 minutes writing anything, even if it's going to be lousy. Often, something happens during those 15 minutes that leads to ideas about how to break thru the block. Other times, the best thing to do is to leave the project and work on other things, enjoy nature, listen to music, and/or do mundane things like household chores. I suspect sometimes walking away from something and getting distracted by other things allows the project to "percolate" on its own in the creative unconscious mind leading to the solution spontaneously popping into the conscious mind.
Maureen A. Griswold The initial rush and intrigue when a concept, a story possibility, happens spontaneously followed by the detective-type process regarding why/how it's occurred and the possibilities of what I can do with it. Of course, what follows is work, even spells of drudgery, in going through the process of writing, re-writing, what the story is for me to share with the reader. Getting those creative "flashes" -- even if it means work ahead -- is always something I find mysterious, intriguing, compelling, and enjoyable.