Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Editor's Corner October 2012

Fall has always been a magical time of year for me, a time of new beginnings and unlimited potential for growth. Maybe it’s the cooler temperatures, the changing light, or the first whisperings of “the holidays.” But it also brings back the days when I had no responsibilities except going to school. This was sometimes a chore, (particularly when math was involved), but when it came to books it was never anything but a joy. I could lose myself for hours at a time in the inspiring words and ideas of my favorite authors, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Alice Walker. They became inexorably linked in my mind with the colorful trees, the crisp air and the smell of burning leaves.

Every writer, at some point in their book, faces some sort of crisis: they may be stuck on a scene, a title, or maybe they just don’t know where it is “going.” If you’re finding yourself short on inspiration, take a step back from what you’re working on, breathe deeply, and consider those who have inspired you. How would he or she approach this problem? You may not get an answer right away, but you might find your mind becoming unstuck, “taking the road less travelled,” and ultimately, discovering new solutions there.

If nothing else, remember this: every writer, no matter how brilliant, has gone through these growing pains; they have all stared at a blank page, fumbled around for the perfect word, and heard harsh criticism, just or unjust, about their work. They had to get past it in order to create their masterpiece, and so will you.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Dana Micheli
Writer and editor, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

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