On his website, in answer to the question "Do you have any advice for writers?" Chris Cleave (author of the phenomenal "Little Bee") writes, in part, "...think of yourself as a storyteller, rather than a capital-W Writer or a capital-N Novelist."
I've been working on an idea for months now. I've jotted notes, written paragraphs, organized chapters, even created an outline. Thought I had it all figured out. So last night, as I continued my NaNoWriMo quest (National Novel Writing Month - check it out here), I remembered Chris' words, and decided to give it a try.
Stilled my fingers. Closed my eyes. Pictured myself sitting in a cozy chair, telling a story to a good friend. And began typing. 400 words later I hit on something. And realized that it had worked. I actually had butterflies in my stomach. This is exciting. If you ever find yourself stuck, try this technique. Sometimes, we find ourselves trying to mold our story/essay/book/poem into a pre-created mold. That doesn't always work. Instead, clear your mind of rules and expectations, and just...tell your story.
I am now at 2,900 words and still telling my story ; )
Got any good tricks for writing or writer's block? What's your secret to getting an idea down on paper?