Thankfully I've never suffered writers block but then again I've never been in the position I find myself in now, where I just can't stop the new ideas from coming.
I recently took on a two-month contract for a local language school. I've been employed as a property manager (glorified house keeper) for a student residence with just over 100 rooms. It's not a job I've ever done and have no background in this type of work. I was just in the right place at the right time.
Since starting the job I've been more inspired to write than I think I've ever been before. Even the title of this post was inspired by the bunch of house keys sitting next to me as I typed these words (image to the right).
It all started on the 1st July whilst I was packing my travel bag (I'm having to sleep on site at least four nights per week). I'd just completed researching a method of constructing stories called 'accumulative' or a 'chain' story (think 'The House That Jack Built' or 'There Was An Old Woman'). The research and the action of packing merged and I'm now working on my first accumulative picture book.
Since then I've completed the first draft for a second picture book story and I also have the first three pages plus notes for a third picture book. Lastly I have an idea for a sit-com (a genre I've never written) based on the amusing and sometimes bizarre things I've experienced here. Three of the main characters are fully formed and living in my head with another two beginning to take shape. I've copious scribbled notes, which are being added to daily.
The lesson I've learnt is taking myself out of my comfort zone, living in a new environment and mixing with people outside my normal circles of friends has truly inspired me.
So if you're struggling with writers block why not do the same. Perhaps not to the extreme I've gone to. But perhaps just a little trip into the unknown will help. Go on it may be just the key you are looking for to unlock the box your muse is currently locked inside.
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