As writers across the world embark upon National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), it seems an appropriate time to talk about writing, writer’s block, how to find voice-all of these essential, somewhat terrifying aspects of the writing life. I’m going to keep this really simple too. Why? Because it can be simple. And keeping with the Halloween theme, late as I am to the party, I want to show you how putting on a ‘disguise’ can help ignite your creativity.
What do writing, NaNoWriMo and Halloween have in common? Pretending to be someone you’re not to achieve what you really want.
It’s actually quite simple. When you’re stuck in a rut, something needs to change. What can you do? Put on a disguise. Assume a new identity. Pretend to be someone you’re not.
If you write erotica but are mired in a love scene that isn’t working, put on some fake nails, a boa and a spritz of sexy perfume. If you write young adult and can’t quite capture that more youthful voice, put on alternative, Indie rock (even if you don’t like it-remember you’re not being you, you’re in disguise) and ease into that mindset. If you write historical, put on the Halloween costume gown that you bought for the party you never went to and sit down to write that story.
This sounds simple, silly even, but it works. Something as simple as polishing my fingernails bright red and putting on heavy rings can help pull me from my daily, mundane self and transform me into writer extraordinaire.
Do you have a disguise that helps you travel down the path to creativity?
To those participating in NaNoWriMo this year-GOOD LUCK!