Those who tell the stories rule society.Plato
I enjoy writing, telling, reading, and hearing a good story, especially regarding a topic that intrigues me and sparks my imagination. The quote above, written by Plato, was more in reference to the stories we are told by politicians, as he wrote about in his epic The Republic, an excellent read for those who like classic philosophy. Ancient texts are still relevant today. Though writers and books from the far away past are not ruling our society, at the least many, and The Republic specifically, helped shape our society today, and that’s why I find reading the old stuff so interesting— its timelessness.
Another great quote that hits home for me today by Plato:
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow… even if that someone is yourself!Plato
For the last few years, my writing has been slower than a turtle’s pace. I’ve got a good reason, my grandson, but now that he’s moving on to Pre-K, it’s time for grandma to turn up the writing power and get moving. Currently, I am working on a new story, a thriller, and started enthusiastically with 15,000 words written down, but in the last week, I’ve hit a wall. I’m not sure where I want to take the story, my original structure isn’t working, and I’ve been away from my desk so long that I’ve also forgotten how to overcome “the block”. I went back and reread old posts to see any previous advice I could give myself.
All said and read, I decided my plan of action: to read aloud what I have written and then add notes as I go along to get the juices going again via Ipad (a different format than the computer to view ). I hope inspiration for the next step or a new idea to get the story flowing again, pops out from the cobwebs that are littering my mind. Now that it’s the Halloween season, there are a few extra cobwebs to get through, lol.
If anyone has some advice to share about writer’s block or story generation, please add it in the comments. I know there’s more to this than just sitting in the chair! Keep reading friends, and keep writing.
Yeah Im right there with you about hitting the wall. I got past my block by starting another story. I wrote one or two paragraphs, but it was enough to get the creativity flowing. Then I was back at the first one as if nothing happened. Weird but it worked for me.
I’m glad that worked for you, Joe. I’ll give that a shot….it makes sense, anything that gets your imagination going.