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Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block – June

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For June, I decided to keep to the theme of Pride month. I attended an event at the Starving Artist Cafe for an open mic night put on by the BATA (Brantford Advocacy Transgender Awareness). It was refreshing to find a gathering of supporters representing all different sexualities coming together in a very much ‘be who you are‘ atmosphere.

The evening started out with the announcement of the M.C. For the night, the beautiful Blair Bitch, a well-known local Drag Queen and musician. I first met Steven B. Andrews at this same event last year and I am a huge fan of his music in every persona. He performed several songs, including my favourite of the evening, Karma Chameleon, and had the room dancing and clapping along.

Throughout the evening various attendees took the stage to showcase their talents ranging from improv acting to music and poetry. I enjoyed every single one as well as the constant stream of Sangria that kept my glass full. Christina, the owner of The Starving Artist, makes a particularly tasty one.

Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? I couldn’t help but be inspired by such a talented group! Expect to see some new announcements in the near future. I feel a new series brewing. This evening was a success!

I’m looking forward to finding a new adventure in July. I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

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Finding Inspiration, The 'Write' Information

Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block – April

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration from other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For April, also known as International Poetry Month, I decided it would be fitting to attend a poetry reading event. There were invitations galore in my inbox and I have to admit it was hard to decide which one to try. In the end, other appointments, committee nights and my family life were the main deciding factors. Out of the handful left, I chose the one I felt the most comfortable with and where I knew at least one other person attending.

For anyone who doesn’t know, there is actually a big difference between being a novel writer and a poet. Poetry is much more difficult, at least in my opinion. I am the first to admit, I am not a poet. I am actually of that strange breed that still believes she needs to rhyme the last line when trying to write a poem ~ I’m a poet and didn’t know it ~ comes to mind. In the last year, I have read a few poetry books, but I remain an outsider looking in. I did, however, enjoy the night.

It started off with readings from some well-known poets, followed by an open microphone for any attending poets to showcase their works and finished off with a more abstract form. They all had one thing in common – they made me think. I thought about the words, the author’s meanings and the way they melted together almost in song. Not all were happy and I felt the emotions like a tidal wave I didn’t see come because it was hiding within the words. In short, I fell in love with poetry.

The question of this project is, did it inspire me? The answer is yes. It inspired me to explore different word choices, to open my mind to more possibilities and to write. I wrote about five thousand words later that evening and, while not poetry, it felt spectacular.

Poetry readings are a win for inspiration in my book!

Thanks for joining me and hope you’ll come back next week for another edition of The Write Information.

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Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block – March

 

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration from other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For March, I attended Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, for a murder mystery birthday celebration.

The evening begins with dinner. You have your choice of soup or salad. I chose the salad which was an excellent choice for me. The mustard dressing reminded me of one my mother used to make, and I, even with her recipe, have never been able to recreate it. The main dish was a choice of four: beef; chicken; fish; or vegetarian. We then had a choice between two scrumptious desserts, which we chose to have served with coffee at intermission.

The fun begins with each of the characters making their way around the room and visiting every table. This isn’t your typical theatre event as the stage is hardly used and everything is very interactive with the audience. In fact, if you are celebrating an event you can tell them and they’ll make you a part of the show.

Our showing was called Murder By The Books and each character was a take-off on a famous British Mystery Author or character. Of course, after meeting them, there was a murder…

I can’t share any more details with you since it could ruin your evening, but everyone has the same clues and a chance during intermission to ask questions of the suspects as they make a second tour around the tables. At the end of the night, you write down who-done-it and why. If you are right, you could win one of five prizes. It is unfortunate that not everyone who figures it out wins, but there are a lot of guests.

Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? It was a great evening out with family and I enjoyed myself immensely. If you haven’t tried Mysteriously Yours, I urge you to make a night of it. I came home with the need to read a few detective novels.

March’s visit to a murder mystery was, in my opinion, a success from a social and mental standpoint! I craved a new mystery to solve and found a few over the next forty-eight hours! I’m ready now to get back to writing. Don’t be surprised if there is a mystery twist in my future works.

Let’s keep that creativity flowing. In April, I’m planning a new destination for my Easter. I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

Thanks for reading The Write Information.

 

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February: Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For February, I attended a ballet presentation of Cinderella at a local theatre with some friends.

I should mention first that I am not new to ballet. I personally didn’t make it far in lessons as a child, mainly because my teacher felt the classes were better suited to young ladies and not monkeys. My sister, however, was a different story. For years ballet was her life. I vividly remember how gruelling it was on her, especially on her feet. Point is brutal. No matter what happens in a production of this sort, I will always have an admiration for what the ballerinas go through and do. This is not an easy life to choose. For that reason alone, they deserve applause.

Ballet storytelling is different from any other you may encounter. It’s very speculative and in some cases a little hard to follow. There is no narrative, only dance. A program can be very useful, albeit they usually are quite expensive. Inside you’ll find a breakdown of the scenes and a list of who plays which character. If you decide to go it without a guide, you will have to pay very close attention to details. Costumes, although, usually brightly coloured, are made to represent classical ballet.

Once you know who each of the characters are, you should be able to follow along quite easily. You’ll hear a lot of people say they enjoyed the second half of a production better than the first for that reason alone.

This particular production had its ups and downs, but for the most part was well done in my opinion. Cinderella, of course, is a classic tale that is hard not to love. The fairy godmother and her fairy posse were the highlight of the evening, showing off incredible skill in their dancing abilities.

Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? It was a great evening out with good friends and I enjoyed myself immensely, but I didn’t find the same inspiration levels as I did in January.

February’s visit to the ballet was, in my opinion, a success from a social standpoint! Most authors are, after all, introverts. I am no different. Going out once in a while is a good thing!

I am, however, looking to keep that creativity flowing. In March, my family is planning the destination for my birthday. It’s a surprise for everyone, even me! I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

Thanks for reading The Write Information.

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January: Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration from other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For January, I attended Shen Yun 2017, a world-class music and dance production that draws on China’s unique heritage.

There is definitely something for everyone in this one production. Whether you are interested in history, culture, myths or lore, current events, music or dance, it’s all there. Two hours are jam packed with a wide array of emotions, from humour to amazement.

Vibrant costumes and special effects really make this performance pop. My personal favourite scene being Yellow Flowers. The technical precession of the dancers is undeniable. I have never seen anything that can compare.

Attendees can expect to enjoy an amazing show, no matter which ticket they purchase. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. I believe it is that attention to every individual in the audience that makes Shen Yun 2017 extra special.

If you’ve seen a Shen Yun performance before, don’t worry, they change it every year. I’m looking forward to a brand new performance in 2018.

The only real criticism of the show I have is that in my opinion there was a bit of a political agenda attached to a couple of the scenes. While that doesn’t necessarily take away from the enjoyment of the production as a whole, it may bother some viewers.

Are you wondering about the results? I came home with an imagination swirling. So many ideas crowded my thoughts, I couldn’t sleep. Instead, I sat down and wrote more than I had in the past month, in one night.

January’s visit to Shen Yun 2017 was, in my opinion, a success! Now to keep that creativity flowing. In February, I’ll be taking in the ballet with a few friends. I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

Thanks for reading The Write Information.

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Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block

 

Writer’s block is the bane of almost every author to some degree. They sit silently, staring at the blank white sheet in front of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a monitor or piece of paper, it’s all the same. Their voices are silenced and no words form. I have heard tales of some who have written the same line a thousand or more times before giving up to frustration. If not put in check, writer’s block can plague an author to the point of creative death.

So, how do you stop it? How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer.

While I’ve been fortunate enough to have never experienced writer’s block myself, towards the end of 2016 I was feeling a certain amount of lethargy when it came to my writing. That wasn’t where I wanted to be mentally or professionally, so I decided to try something new.

I have always believed writing to be an important form of art. That belief is exactly what started me thinking that 2017 could be a year of inspiration drawn directly from other arts.

The idea is simple: Once per month I plan to attend a new and exciting artistic experience. The hope is the event will kick-start my creative juices and elevate my writing to new levels of enthusiasm. The best part – I plan to take you with me by reviewing each unique engagement and exploring what it did for my author state of mind.

I am over-the-top excited to get started on this project. In January, I’ll be attending Shen Yun 2017, a world-class music and dance production that draws on China’s unique heritage.

Regardless of the results of my little experiment, I know visiting different arts and cultures will expand my mind in fantastic ways. If I look at it in that light, It’s already a success on a personal level.