Wed 18 Oct 2017
Question: What do you do when you’ve hit a block and you’ve run out of things to write.
Answer: Write something.
One of my favourite plays/films is David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, and one of my favourite scenes in it is the Alec Baldwin scene (to use the film as reference). He’s the big shot from head office who comes to berate the real estate sales team for their poor results. “Always. Be. Closing.” he yells at them, over and over again. It’s a great scene, in a fantastic film, and if you’ve not seen it I highly recommend.
And, as you can probably tell from the title of this post and my badly photoshopped image above, I’ve adapted it slightly to come up with my own mantra.
Having committed to taking part in this year’s NaNoWriMo, I’ve thrown myself into turmoil over the past few days, after I discovered more notes on yet another idea that I came up with in the dim and distant past, that I’d quite like to have a go at again to see if I can turn it into something. I now have two ideas for novels and I can’t decide which one to run with, having spent those tumultuous past few days working up ideas, characters, scenes, scenarios, sub-plot ideas, back stories, etc etc etc, for each of the ideas. I’m not sure what works and what doesn’t anymore, or even if either of the ideas is any good.
In short, I’ve hit a block with both of them.
So today I turned to a different, ongoing project in order to get things flowing again – and thankfully, it seems to have done the trick.
I run, and write for, Shakespeare Does… which provides unique, personalised, handcrafted items, perfect for lovers of literature and ideal as gifts. Framed Nursery Rhymes, Birthday and Seasonal Greetings, Anniversary Celebrations, all re-written in the style of a Shakespearean Sonnet.
Leading up to Christmas we’ll be selling at a number of Christmas Fayres (as well as from the website), and a new product we’ve decided to try is greetings cards. Today I wrote two brand new pieces – We Wish You A Merry
Christmas and Jingle Bells – in the style of a 14-line Shakespearean sonnet. Take a look at them here – and contact us through the Shakespeare Does website if you’d like to order some.
Of course, a looming print deadline helped the process – doesn’t it always?! – but, just as any writer worth their salt will tell you, just because you’re temporarily drained on one project (or more), don’t let that prevent you from getting on with something else. Or, if need be, starting something completely new.
Always. Be. Writing…