Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BLOCKED!: Three cures for writer’s block by Derek Odom || GAMBLE

Writer’s block happens to the best of authors. Stephen King experienced it during The Stand, so don’t feel like a fake or an idiot if you suffer from it; if you regularly write fiction, it’s going to happen. If I feel a little stuck, here are some things I do:

1.   Free write. That’s right, just open up a blank document and start typing. You can type about anything you want; in fact, it’s best to write about the first things that come to mind. Don’t think about it, just keep those fingers flying. Soon enough, you’ll find that you aren’t a blank canvas, after all, and that you have good ideas.

2.   Read a book. There is nothing in the world that gets my creative juices flowing like reading a good story. The language used by great authors is enough to get me fired up, but the stories themselves can also kick our imaginations into overdrive. Sometimes, when I’m short on ideas, I’ll pick up a Glimmer Train or a Weird Tales and read a short story; it’s amazing how inspiring they can be.

3.   Watch a movie. Movies are just stories that you can see. Honestly, it doesn’t matter which kind you watch, although I think that some of the deeper, more plot-oriented ones would work better than an action flick. Many movies stream on the Internet for free, so you don’t even have to pay any extra to see one. Try it, you never know. I can guarantee that a good movie is more inspiring than wasting two hours on Facebook. 

A young chess hustler goes on the supernatural adventure of a lifetime when he meets Mortimer Blackwell, a strange elderly man, who grants him an irresistible gift.

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 Author Bio:

Derek has been reading and writing since he can remember, and has been interested in words and how they work since he was two years old. He loves the infinite number of ways they can be arranged to mean different things or even say the same thing.
He is a huge fan of the writings of Stephen King, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, John Saul, and myriad other dark authors. He also collects issues of Weird Tales, both old and new.
An animal lover, he has owned critters of all shapes and sizes, from dogs to cats to tarantulas and even a pet black widow named Sparkles. That didn't last long.
Derek has dreams of one day writing from the loft of an isolated country home in Oregon. For now, he owns a home in southern California. He likes to laugh, love, and experience everything to the absolute fullest. He also plays a wicked game of chess.
His motto: Don't aim for perfection; aim for better, you can do that.



  1. Hi Derek,
    Welcome to the Snarkology. Thank you for participating in Blocked! :)

  2. Great advice. I think as writers, out minds soak up creative juices and reading or a good movie or for me, a marathon of a favorite TV show with great characters helps refil the well!