POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE
By Nandy Ekle
Writer’s block. It’s almost as scary a word as “spider.” In fact I’ve used the image of a huge hairy spider to describe writer’s block.
This time I discovered an exercise to help cut a hole through the wall between me and my words. I wrote a little essay describing my plight.
“I’m looking through a window in a door and I see all the characters I ever wrote. They’re all frozen just like the commercial about digital photos that are never downloaded from the camera. Some are frozen in mid jump, some are frozen in mid dialogue, some are frozen in their tears. What a painful way to freeze. I see pleadings in their eyes, pleading me to set them free and let them live out their stories, but I am helpless.
Maybe that’s why this coldness is so frightening. I can’t do anything to help them. The words I have played with all my life are locked up in the toy cabinet across the hall and a huge spider guards them. I must find the key to get them back out!”
As soon as I finished the essay, I wrote a character sketch for my latest story. In doing so, I worked out the problems with the plot.
If you have a wall between you and your words, write something. It will break the wall, allowing your story to write itself.
Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.