Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writer's Block

Kelli had written over fifty thousand words in her new book, but today she just could not get her mind working. Something was blocking the imagination that flowed into her fingertips at the keyboard. She had often heard others in her writers’ circle mention those moments of writer’s block, but this was her first encounter. The words at this point in her story were so crucial to the reader’s understanding.

She got up from the computer and walked into the kitchen to fix a cup of tea. Staring out the window, she watched a squirrel raiding the bird feeder, while a blue jay screamed a stream of curse words at him. It made her smile at the animated struggle for food. She turned back toward the refrigerator and noticed the wedding invitation clinging to the front door with the help of the insurance company calendar and magnet.

Her granddaughter was getting married in a few months. She and her fiancĂ© had been dating and living together for almost seven years, so the wedding was no surprise. Such a beautiful girl. He would be in college for some time yet, as he was going on to get a dental degree. The world was waiting for them to stretch out to explore a new location and new jobs to complete this part of his education. Questions popped into Kelli’s mind. Would there be a baby too soon? How would her granddaughter handle being the provider while he studied?

Were these questions interfering with her ability to continue her story? Well, maybe, just maybe these questions were there to integrate into her story.

She added a teaspoon of sugar to her tea and stirred it slowly. Returning to her keyboard, she hesitated momentarily until the words began to flow once again. Saved by the granddaughter, she wrote answers to her own questions as she composed the next chapter.

Linking today to Two Shoes Tuesday, words for today are imagination and invitation. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

39 comments:

Michelle F said...

Great post!
It let's the reader see into the mind of an author.

Have a great day!

I'll be spending the day reading for my next review :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Great meme :)

http://keithsramblings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/imagine.html said...

I get writer's block when my muse disappears for a few days. I'm never sure where's she's gone, but I don't complain because she always returns with all kinds of tales for me to tell!

keiths ramblings said...

Whoops, I got Filling in Form block then and did something wrong!

TexWisGirl said...

a nice peek into a real-life moment. :)

Karen S. said...

It's fantastic when our mo-jo and muses come out to play! Great photo too! So truthfully funny!

Anita said...

Nice that the invitation helped her imagination :)
I'm sure you have written this story out of your personal experience, Linda :)
If no, appreciate your writing prowess to make it seem so real!!!

Cherdo said...

Even before I read the post, I loved it because of the great title! Thanks, girl.

Friko said...

Writer’s Block. O, if only it could be cured that easily.
Could you perhaps send me an invitation to the wedding to stick to my fridge door?

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A nice post to read as I play with my mental blocks!

Mike said...

When it comes to writing anything of any length my name is mental bloc... oh look a rabbit!

But then that's what's so great about the internet. 3 hours of busy 15 seconds at a time.

Gosia k said...

Great post and interesting to read

Kay said...

I get ideas for my posts sporadically so I will sometimes write posts for two weeks and then not write anything until something pops up again.

Hmmm... maybe I should go get a cup of tea.

William Kendall said...

I like the mood in this- of course, I might be inclined to keep watching the confrontation between squirrel and bird!

Janie Junebug said...

Nicely done.

Love,
Janie

Old Egg said...

How right you are. There is inspiration for writing all around us even in the most mundane or personal things so as you demonstrate.

Gail said...

Great read.

Big Sky Heidi said...

Well played, Linda Kay!

Amy at love made my home said...

Sometimes I have bloggers block and go for a wander around the house and the answers come - funny how that works isn't it! Great piece of writing once again! xx

The Yum List said...

Writer's block - very frustrating.

Val said...

Oh, yes. You can't think of a word to write and then you glance at the invitation. Your mind starts to wonder and BOOM - you are back in the game. Great writing, Linda Kay.

DeniseinVA said...

A cup of tea works wonders :)

Shug said...

I think I need more breaks with a cup of hot tea. Oh my....how often I sit to write and suddenly, I have brain fog. I enjoyed your post.....
hugs to ya
Shug

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I know that feeling. It's uncomfortable for a bit. (smile)

Josie Two Shoes said...

I think there is wisdom in this lovely story, we write best what we know, and we work out things on our mind with our writing too. Inspiration comes from some many sources, and the invitation led to thoughts and questions she could put to use. Now of course I want to know how things work out for her granddaughter, and in the story as well!

Rory Bore said...

that's it! next time I am all blocked in my writing, I am going to go stand in front of my fridge.
There is so much stuff on there, something has to kick start imagination!
I love how the wisdom is weaved from real life, into her book in this.

Linda said...

Wonderful post, Linda, thanks so much for sharing. :)

SuperLux said...

When your imaginary friends won't talk to you. Haha. So real.

Thanks for sharing this.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Sometimes a nice break works wonders, and tea, and a silly squirrel.

Mary Hill said...

I had writer's block all week. I had to read other word prompts, look up scripture, and write it all in five minutes. I didn't like it; so I left it alone. I came back the next day and liked my original poem for the hops, including this one. Funny how things come together sometime. Your story fit well with my week. Thank you for writing it.

Patricia said...

Sometimes imagination takes a vacation and needs an invitation to return. Writer's block is the pits.

carol l mckenna said...

You write well and what most people can relate to ~ and get attached to the characters ~

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

John's Island said...

Hi Linda Kay, As you can see, everybody loves this post! Nice work! John

Carola Bartz said...

I like your writing, Linda. It's a beautifully flowing style and very real.

When I was still living in Germany I used to write a lot - short "sketches", poems. Since living in the US I have lost this ability to write since languages get mixed in my head and I often am struggling for the right expression in German because the English one pops in my head and doesn't leave room for the German one. My English is just not good enough to write in it like a writer would do.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I'm in agreement with the other comments; very well done and it's not lack of imagination for me, it too much pain from this stinkin' winter -lol-. I think my hair is the only thing that doesn't hurt on my body.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Good story, my friend. Writer's Block is something I wrestle with, just like everyone else does. I am looking for prompt venues where I can share. It is hard.
Have a good weekend!

Rebecca said...

That story is too close to home. My daughter married her HS sweetheart and were expecting. I was worried the baby was too soon. The baby died in preterm birth just two weeks ago. Oh how guilty I feel over those thoughts. I wish we had her back to hold and love. A baby is never too soon or too late - I have since adjusted my thinking. A baby just is.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I enjoyed this post. That is, indeed, how imagination and creativity sometimes work. You find solutions so unexpectedly.

Mei Kuen Wong said...

Thank you for the add and comment, Linda! I hope one day... I can finish my dream book. Still live in dreams! :-)

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