Try Soap?


One of my Christmas gifts this year was a block of soap called Writer’s Block. It Is purple and green and smells faintly of cinnamon and who knows what all else- unicorns, maybe. 

I haven’t tried using it yet, but I actually think it’s kind of genius: good ideas always come in the shower, right? So it might actually work- not because of the soap or the smell, but just by forcing the brain to think other thoughts for a while. 

I haven’t tried it yet. 

Writer’s block seems to come in three flavors: 

  1. Blank Page: No inspiration- can’t think of what to write and just stare hopelessly ata blank page.
  2. Junk Drawer: To many ideas, no focus- lots of interesting little tidbits, but no real sense of direction or structure or order.
  3. Grounded: You know where you’re going and what you have to accomplish along the way, but you have no idea how to get there. 

I’ve been Grounded on the last two chapters of my book for over a month now.  

I did finally make some progress on one of them- it turns out that I’d already written most of it, but I’d scattered it across three or four later chapters. There were a few plot twists that even I didn’t see coming, and it turned into a monstrous seventeen page song and dance with a cast of thousands (ok, a cast of about twelve, but that’s still a lot of characters to navigate at once). But it’s done! It might even be readable. 

But I’m still Grounded. I know where the chapter begins and I know where the chapter ends, but I don’t know how to get from one to the other. I just have to keep smashing my head against it until it finally surrenders. Who knows: maybe soap will help.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on January 25, 2018.

2 Responses to “Try Soap?”

  1. About the soap: Fantastic.

    About the writer’s block: ugh. Me too. Grounded always seems to affect me – especially right now.

    I’ve been writing by hand for a bit whenever I “just don’t feel like it” because anything by hand feels so much less permanent somehow.

    Good luck on finishing your last couple of chapters.

    • Writing by have is helpful for me because it’s harder for me to cut and paste and get into editing mode… That said, if I write left handed, then the story comes out all out of order and I have to assemble it later, like IKEA furniture.

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