I have made mention of writer’s block and methods of combatting said ailment in earlier posts, but I have not told you about being Bottle-Necked. Yes, there exists such a condition in the writing world. Being Bottle-Necked is when you have several writing ideas at once and you run to your desk or computer all keyed up for an explosive writing session and you can’t figure out what to write first. It is the equivalent of sensory overload and equally frustrating as writers block. Thankfully, you can use the same remedies for curing writer’s block to cure Botte-Necking.

I discovered a new way to get my pen moving! I pick up a book, any book, and find the center page. Then I locate the 6th sentence on that page, and build a story or poem around it. Easy peasy! For tonight’s writing session, I chose Mitch Albom’s book “Have a Little Faith,” page 124. The 6th sentence said: His family members helped him up. I feel a nice little story coming together! I’ll be sure to post it as soon as possible! In the meantime, give it a try and let me know what you create!

3 thoughts on “Bottle-Necked

  1. I like this post, this almost exactly what I do for my blog. I pick up a book on a relevant subject then just close my eyes, flick through it then stick my finger somewhere on the page. Wherever it lands i write about that. Sometimes I also use a dictionary and randomly find a word and free associate with that till I come up with a blog post title..

    I am never stuck for content and sometimes like you, i have to write down my ideas and use them for another time

      1. The dictionary things really does work, it’s weird but it does., I sometimes use it for idea generation as well. It’s the random association with a word that gets you to think just a little bit differently and sometimes come up with some great new ways of approaching writing an article or solving a problem. Edward de Bono uses this technique, though his approach is a little bit more systematic than mine.

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