Michaeline: Story Bites for When You Just Can’t

There are a lot of excuses and reasons for not writing, and let’s face it: they are boring, often similar, and people will try and talk you out of them. You know your own business best, and if you say you can’t write today, I believe you. Some days are like that. Hell, some years are like that.

But, if you have a story that you are feeling guilty about, there are little things you can do that don’t take up much time at all – things that will help you feel better, and may even provide some of that spark and energy you need to find the time to write the rest.

If you’ve got five minutes . . . . (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

If you have five minutes:
Find a song, listen to it, and decide to add it to your playlist (or not). Either way, you are thinking about your story and the basic building blocks that define it. We’ve talked about playlists on this blog before. Nancy: A Little Mood Music (March 16, 2015) and Jilly: Building a Playlist (March 6, 2016)
Find a picture for your picture file. You may want to set a timer for this so you don’t drop down some Google Image Rabbit Hole. My heroine, Bunny Blavatsky, mostly sprang from a picture search, and you can find some sketches and flash fiction about her and her world right here on this blog. Michaeline: Bunny Blavatsky Arrives in New York (December 26, 2015)

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Michaeline: You Are Feeling Strong And Confident

Could a little hypnosis open up your imagination? If you think it's worth a try, it probably is. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Could a little hypnosis open up your imagination? If you think it’s worth a try, it probably is. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve been looking at hypnosis tracks on YouTube this summer in an effort to write more.
Hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone, and I’m a firm believer in “if you don’t want to do it, hypnosis can’t make you”. But, I think writers as a group tend to be highly suggestible. Don’t you agree? (-: If you said yes, there’s a good chance you are highly suggestible, too, and hypnosis might be worth a try. Continue reading