Step Into Another World, AS IF You Were There…

Hello Lovely Reader!

Good morning, good evening and good night. It happens to be morning here.

This will be quick, maybe, since the idea just appeared and demanded to be released. No pills required, just write this blog, and ‘poof!’ there it goes into the nether world for you to enjoy.

Amazing how that works.

I ‘may’ have touched on this before, but I feel the need to do so again. Yesterday, I wrote about being in the flow. Like a raging river of ideas roaring past in surging, whitewater rapidity. I also mentioned writer’s block (or maybe not. ::shrug::), which so many people discuss as being problematic.

Here’s how I see it:  You can sit by that torrent and hope to be splashed with an idea. That’s writer’s block. Maybe, if you get close enough, a salmon will leap out and land in your lap. Then you have a winner. However, the wait might be a V E R Y long time. Do you know what the odds are of a salmon leaping from a river to land in your lap? No? Well, first you have to be NEAR a salmon river. Second, there actually has to be salmon in said salmon river. And third…. well, I’m getting a headache trying to imagine it.

OR

Step in.

Simply step into the water, into the flow and let it carry you away. Sounds nice right? trust me, it is.

Now here is the key point. Pay attention, because the current’s swift.

AS IF

Last night, the topic was “then what?” Asking questions around then what to move your outline forward. However, for it to be truly powerful, for it to flow, you have to imagine the scene AS IF you were there.

Catch it? Slippery as a salmon in a raging river.

Imagine for a moment, that your notebook, laptop, tablet – whatever medium you use to capture your ideas, is a portal to the world/reality in which you are writing about. That this world/reality actually exists, and when you put pen to paper, fingers to keys, you are stepping into that world.

As you do so, imagine AS IF you were there. What do you notice? what do you see? Hear? Smell? Taste? What if you were to imagine AS IF you were the main character? Where are you? what are you doing? How do you feel? How do you KNOW all of this?

Trust what comes and capture it. Don’t wait for the salmon to jump into your lap. Instead, go swim with the fishes.

AS IF = FLOW

This is where the magic lives.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Lovely Reader!

Stephen R. Gann

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  1. #1 by alanasiegel on August 26, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    As a writer, we can’t be afraid to just write, even if it’s crap, write…and delete later! Good post!

  2. #2 by Stephen R. Gann on August 26, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Thank you, Alanasiegel! or add the crap to a ‘to be read later’ pile in order to make yourself feel better about the good stuff you write.

    Or you could delete, and save yourself the trauma. 😀

    Cheers! – SRG

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