f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Too Young to Remember Jimmy Carter: Thoughts of a Publishing Intern

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Too Young to Remember Jimmy Carter: Thoughts of a Publishing Intern

"How about this one: A dead guy riding around headless on a horse?"

"Nope. Already been done. What else have you got?"

"Oh! The public will eat this one up! There's this wizard kid, see, at this wizard school--"

"Are you joking?"

"Okay...this is a good one! Imagine this world with little creatures with hairy feet, and there’s a magic ring with strange powers--"

"Two words for you: Elijah Wood. C’mon! I thought that you were supposed to be good at this kind of stuff."

"Well, I’m sor-ry. It’s a little hard to think of new things when you’ve been doing this for centuries."

"Excuses, excues. Well, if you want my soul, you are going to have to do a lot better."


Okay, so maybe you wouldn’t go as far as selling your soul to the Devil for a killer story idea, but there are times when trying to think of a "new" idea to write about is as hard as watching a whole Richard Simmons workout.

Alas, there is nothing new under the sun. Yes, thank you Solomon for that disturbing comfort. So if there is nothing new under the sun, then why keep writing? Before you even start, your story has already been written. It has been dissected a million times and written from every angle possible. The only thing you can do is to write the story better than the last person. Hmmmm. I guess we writers really are crazy.

In any event, there are times when ideas are sparse. So if you are in a place where you need a little spark to get the ink flowing, just take a look at the people around you. I am betting there are some pretty interesting characters (heh heh) lurking in your periphery.

Otherwise, below are some resources on how others solve their writer’s block problems. Have a good weekend.


Seven Steps to Beating Writer's Block

It’s so bad, it is made it into the encyclopedia!

"Shed" it…literally