It never ceases to amaze me how the mind is able to create. Yesterday, I began writing a fantasy chapter book for young readers (ages 10-16). Before beginning, I sat at my desk and desperately tried to conger up characters, places, events, and so forth. My mind was blank, often known as writer’s-block. However, I have always struggled with the idea that writer’s minds ever actually go blank. We have so much to write about, regardless of genre and typical direction. I have found that I am not able to limit myself to one or two genres because I really never know exactly what or where my creative thoughts are headed to. I just like to write and I will write about anything to keep my fingers moving on the key pad. When I sense a block coming on, like a headache, I take appropriate action and just begin typing the first thought that comes to mind. Just like I would jump up and take a pill to offset a headache. I take action to ward off being blocked by my own lack of trying.
So, yesterday, I typed my first thought for my fantasy book and the next thing I knew, I was twelve pages and three hours in and had developed nineteen fantasy places and characters in the first chapter. Wow! I was so amazed by the creative process that I ran out to the store and purchased a notebook so that I could write down the nineteen new places and characters just so I could keep up with myself. Also, I needed to help myself so that I wouldn’t have to keep back-searching to remember what, where, and who things were as I continue to build the story. I know this is going to be a tedious task but one that is absolutely thrilling as my mind continues to unfold its fantasy side. I have never written fantasy before but I am willing to embrace the process and the potential of what this book will become! I would say “cheers” to you but that word is not in the world that my mind recently created!