]“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Douglas Adams
Back in the 60’s and early 70’s there was a TV show that glued me to the couch every week. It was the series, “I Dream of Jeannie.” I guess being a young lad I was mesmerized by the aspect of having a beautiful genie granting all of my wishes.
After watching episode after episode, I would sit and think of all the wishes I would like to make if I had a genie. There was the wish to be a billionaire or to travel the world and see exotic and fascinating places. Sometimes, after a bad week of school, I would wish I was a genius and made nothing but A+’s without any effort. When I found myself in trouble at home, I would wish I could disappear for awhile or go back in time to change the outcome of the situation. Of course, my ultimate wish was that I would never run out of wishes!
So, I watched “I Dream of Jeannie” religiously, all the while, hoping that one day I could find a genie in a bottle on some remote island that would grant my wishes.
Fast forward to the present …
As a writer, I would still like to find that genie in the bottle!
But if I found one, my wishes would not be the same. In fact, if I had to narrow down my wishes, I would want that genie in the bottle to grant me three writing related wishes.
First Wish: The ability to never have writer’s block
Writer’s Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?
Writer’s block is the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. Webster’s online dictionary states that writer’s block is a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece.
I can’t tell you how many days, weeks and months pass when I am stricken with writer’s block. Sitting at my desk, I repeat the same sentence or phrase in my head a hundred zillion times. Yet, it seems the story is going no where. It feels as if I am beating the proverbial “dead horse.”
So, my very first wish as a writer would be to eliminate my personal writer’s block forever.
Second Wish: The ability to write the best plots ever
My second wish would be closely related to the first – to write captivating plots.
Here are the two scenarios for my plot development.
First, I have an idea, but constantly second guess. Then, I change the story character’s problem several time. Next, I get depressed because I feel my plot stinks. And finally, my writer’s block sends me to bed only to get up the next day and repeat the same scenario.
It would be so refreshing to be able to write a plot confidently and without making 6,000 changes!
The second scenario is totally opposite – I can not think of a plot for the story.
I think of a great basic idea for a story–characters, setting and even the ending–but I have the hardest time coming up with a great plot.
For example, I have been toying with the idea of a writing a sequel to my debut children’s book, “Three Little Shrimp”. The story would take place at Christmas time when the three little shrimp meet a very special “peppermint” shrimp.
Sounds like a great Christmas story right? Well, I don’t know if it’s writer’s block or what, but I can not come up with a plot! I have spent many nights researching and thinking and jotting down ideas but still have not yet thought of anything.
Thus, my second writing related wish would be to possess the ability to write a perfect, interesting plot … the first time!
Third Wish: Inspiration that never ceases
Finally, if I could be granted a wish, I would want to have inspiration that never ceases. Can you imagine how awesome that would be? Every time you sat down to write something – a story, a poem, a message in a bottle – it would be the most inspiring thing you ever wrote! And the person or group you were writing to would be completely awestruck with your incredible creativity!
This is what I would want for a third writing related wish.
Now that I’m older, I don’t have any time to go looking for a genie in a bottle. So, I will use the time I do have to avoid writer’s block, to focus on writing the best plots ever and to seek inspiration for my writing topics.
What three writing related wishes would you want granted?