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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Writer's Smooze

I attended an interesting and informative writers' workshop, where I learned a technique for freeing stuck brains when writing. I have a sixth novel that I started some time ago but didn't finish because I didn't know where the plot was headed. Time to pull it out again and try this new brainstorming technique. Write a word, put it in a bubble, and continually draw lines to other word bubbles to see where it takes you.

Picture this machine with a kid's head caught inside.
We also learned how a part of ourselves or emotion is in everything we write. I thought of a comedic scene where my main character's best friend gets his head caught in a bathroom hand drying machine. I thought, that's never happened to me, so how does it relate? Using the technique I figured things out.

The trick reminded me of how a friend of mine and I used to check out each other's dates in college. We dressed up in raincoats and hats while carrying a notepad and pen. We asked the date to turn around so we could check out his butt and any other obnoxious stunts we could blatantly pull. It was so goofy that it took all awkwardness out of checking out a date. Well, at least it did for us. I don't know about the poor sap with the cute buns.

Anyway, it's not so much my character getting his head caught in the hand drying machine and blowing spittle all over the floor as the writing reflects the feeling one gets by knowing you've done something so silly and stupid that it quits being embarrassing and becomes funny.

Have you been there?

So what the heck does my writing scenes where a teen is abused by crazy mob members mean? I never even spanked my own children and here I am tearing this poor character to bits. Maybe some things are best not analyzed. 

For more Ben abuse, tune in Saturday night for another episode of Weekend Writers. Last week I killed his mom. Mwahahaha.


ImagesByCW | OceanDreamIllustration said...

Oh my - this all sounds so weird, I think I need to come back Saturday.
Interesting technique with the bubbles. Maybe I need to let my resident writer a.k.a. husband know about that :)

mail4rosey said...

That's great that you're using info from the workshop to help with your writing. That means it was money/time well spent, yes? And that's awesome. :)

messymimi said...

At least it sounds like your sense of humor is intact! And i guess once you've had your head caught in such a machine, you can't do much more to embarrass yourself, can you?

LA Botchar said...

I'm a big fan of the bubble technique. until now, I've actually used it mostly for poetry - since I haven't quite yet written that great novel I always dreamed of. LOL
Head stuck in a hand dryer?
but why...why was his head there and not his hands?
That's it - I'm hooked.

Binky said...

I do think everything we create is in some way a reflection of our true selves, if even it is what we fear the most.

Debbie D. said...

Interesting, Joyce. I missed the mom-killing episode, but will be sure to check it out and the next one as well. So funny, yet so evil, you are. ☺