Monday, April 01, 2013

The Power of Image for the Writer

An image is worth a thousand words... that's actually true, especially for a fiction writer. Find out why.
If you begin with words you might be handing over control of your writing session to your Inner Critic!
Many writers have the misconception that words drive writing, that in order to begin you have to have the right first sentence or paragraph. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you begin with words, that's where you'll end up, lost in a quagmire of words. Why? Because
words reside in the left side of the brain, which is the home of judgment, evaluation and the Inner Critic. You know that voice inside your head that says, "If you're going to be a writer than you have to write this, not that. Not too much sex or violence. Don't be boring. Write a page turner or don't bother..."

"Have to, have to, have to!...should, should, should!" Whenever you hear these words, take note.
Your Inner Critic is controlling the show. What you want is for you Inner Writer to step forth. Then you can really start writing.

Try Writing Nonsense
How do you do this? Stop thinking. I know that's hard. But whatever down on the paper or computer. Even if it makes no sense. Write nonsense. Write without thinking.

Call forth an image.
Any image. Close your eyes and ask your Inner Writer for an image. Use the image as a prompt, even if it makes no sense.

Remember, the image is the bridge into the unconscious! Doesn't need make sense right away. Stop thinking and you will embrace the universe.
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