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4 Ways to Beat Holiday Writer’s Block

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No time to write?
This holiday season, keep your skills sharp
with these quick and fun writing prompts.
Each takes no more than 15 minutes.

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Make A List. Check It Twice.
Choose one word or phrase from this tree. Then write the first word that comes to your mind. Don’t think. Just write.

Now, try “chaining.” Pick one word, write the next word that comes to mind. Build on that word by writing the next that comes to mind and keep going until you run out of words.

scroogeThrow On A Disguise.
Imagine yourself as one of these familiar holiday icons: Ebenezer Scrooge, Santa Claus, a shepherd, The Grinch, an angel .Using that character’s voice and point of view write one paragraph describing Christmas.

The 12 Days of Christmas Gift List

 

Write a haiku poem about one of the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
This one is challenging. Can you do it?  Use exactly 17 syllables.  Arrange syllables in three lines of 5-7-5.  (Share your poems in the comments.)

 

 

Finish this sentence:
I can make this holiday season less stressful  for myself and my family by . . .

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10 Steps to a Better Relationship With Your Muse

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You and your muse. It’s a complicated relationship. You can’t know what to expect from her. She can be up and eager to help. She can be sullen and down. She’s there. She’s not. What can you do to improve your relationship? Here are 10 quick and easy steps:


Listen to her.
Maybe she’s pulling you into new territory outside your comfort zone. Are you willing to go? You’ve heard the expression Mother knows best. Muses know best, too.

Give her space. For goodness sake, allow the girl time to think! Muses don’t appreciate constant demands. Give her some space, and when she’s ready she’ll come back with loads of inspiration.

Give her what she wants. If you’ve paid attention to your muse, you already know what inspires her to inspire you. Give her what she wants: a walk in the park, a little music, quiet contemplation, time to play . . . .

Give her something new. Your muse might be bored. So, shake things up a little! Break from your regular writing routine and try something new.

Feed her. You’ve stored up a lifetime of experiences for your muse to chew on. Don’t hold back. If you share them with her, she’ll reward you tenfold.

Clean her room. Muses like things tidy. If your writing space is messy, don’t be surprised if instead of whispering sweet words of inspiration your muse shouts, “Let’s get this place cleaned up!”

Cartoon+of+the+Day-MuseSet her free. Your muse exists to provide you with inspiration. That can’t happen when your inner editor forever interrupts her. Kill the editor! (You can rewrite him into your story later.)

Take her with you. Muses love to travel. Wherever you go, take her along. Encourage your muse to open her senses to her surroundings. (Bonus tip: Have a notebook and pen handy to jot down all her brilliant observations.)

Start the day with a workout. Join your muse in fifteen minutes of writing exercises. Create a paragraph, a list, freewrite, brainstorm . . . . The Internet is rife with writing exercises for you and your muse. All you need to do is Google.

Begin without her. Muses are habitually late, so, start without her. Just write! Although they are often tardy, muses are also extremely loyal. Trust her to show up exactly when you need her.

And, in case you didn’t know, muses are not gender specific. They can be female or male—case in point this from the contemporary poet, Lang Leav:

 

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