How do I come up with things to write? I want to be a writer, but right now I have writer’s block and the words aren’t coming. I have an essay due in my class for creative writing so I need a quick answer.
Here’s what you do. And pay careful attention to what I am about to explain.
Now before you roll your eyes and quit reading, let me tell you a story about a kid with an incredible stretching stomach.
This kid’s pals used to travel far and wide simply to dare him to eat things because this kid had a gift. And by “this kid,” of course I mean me.
I could eat two large pizzas with no problem. Buffets? I laugh at buffets. If you would have cut a bowling ball into bite-sized pieces, I could have eaten four and still had room for layer cake.
My buddies would often buy a giant jar of pickled eggs
and watch me eat myself silly while chanting, “PUKE! PUKE!”
Today, these friends are all insurance salesmen, dentists, and chiropractors. You have to worry about America’s youth sometimes.
But anyway, I would eat eggs then go home. I would be so sick that I couldn’t go to sleep for at least four semesters. So I would stay up all night, writing. And so began my literary career.
Of course, the real trick was not the eggs. It was the friends. Because during these eating exhibitions we would have great conversations. And that’s what creative writing is, a one-sided conversation.
Have you ever paid close attention to yourself during conversation? Words flow. There’s no pressure to come up with something profound. Entire paragraphs fall out of your mouth like building blocks.
You speak a few words. They add a few. Someone tells a…