Recently I have been driving the length and breadth of the country for both work and pleasure. With all the hustle and bustle and getting from A to B it would be easy to put my writing aside. However, I found it actually made me want to write more.
A trip to Inverary on the west coast of Scotland brought me this view from my hotel window. As a crime writer this was ripe for the picking. A moody loch, a shipwrecked boat, derelict mountains. It does not take a great deal of imagination to concur up scenes using these natural backgrounds. That's all very well for you I hear you say. You write crime. Good point. However, this would also make a great meeting place for a secret tryst. How about, a married couple trying to repair their broken marriage. I can just imagine a blazing row by the side of this loch.
It's time for you to try your hand at this. How about using this scene in your WIP. Or you could use it as the basis of a short story, a poem a haiku. You could also just use the general mood of the story to bring a scene to life. If you truly are struggling to write and don't feel you could write another word then you may be saying I can't do this, no one understands. I feel for you in this situation. It must be devastating. Find some paper and a pen now and write single words about the picture, anything from colours, through feelings, to physical aspects of the photo. You may want to try this even if you are not feeling blocked in your writing. It is a useful exercise. It will help you to bring depth to your locations making them more realistic.
If the picture does nothing for you then I have another exercise. Below I will put a couple of exercises using random words. use some of them or all of them to spark your creativity. They might take your WIP in a different direction or form the basis for a cracking short story or poem. The choice is yours.
1. Holiday, look, gray print, tan
2. Beautiful, repulsive, van, milk, high pitched
3. Hedge, game, sword, goat, tent
Something a little different today. Use the exercises in any way you can to help your writing move forward. You may want to use them as a springboard for your own activities. I hope you enjoy them.
Wendy H. Jones lives in the beautiful City of Dundee, Scotland. The Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie Mysteries are set in this city. The first three books in the series, Killer's Countdown, Killer's Craft and Killer's Cross are available through Waterstones, Amazon and her website. The fourth book in the series, Killer's Cut will be released on 18th April, 2016. Her non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books was released on 12th March, 2016.
DI Shona Mckenzie's Guide to Killing Your Boss is available as a free download from her website