I have had it a couple of times - at least!
I have been working on a new middle grade novel, a sequel to one of my other ones I have written. I started on it a couple years ago - at least!
I let it set for a long time, and then recently brought it out, dusted it off and started writing again.
It is moving along at a slow pace. I took it to my writer's group and we put our heads together and came up with ideas on what, when and where.
I write a monthly column for kids. I usually come up with ideas pretty easy. I like to have the subject matter have something to do with the month or time of year.
This gives me more leeway than you think.
One of my April topics was the Pony Express (established in April 1860). Did you know February was National Blah Buster month? You would if you read my February 2011 Column. And, I love giving kids fun crafts and easy recipes to try.
But, for some reason, I was coming up blank for November's column. I have already written about turkeys, how the pilgrims celebrated, that November is National Peanut Butter Lover's Month, the history of pulling on the wishbone, food ate by the Pilgrims and how you (children) can help with the meal, National Novel Writing Month and PiBoIdMo (writing for picture book writers), and how writing letters helped establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday (the many letters that Sarah Hale wrote to presidents) and presidential pets and Tad Lincoln's beloved turkey named Jack.
I thought and thought and thought.
I came up with different ideas and started to write - but nothing clicked. Nothing clicked.
One night when we were walking, I asked my neighbor for ideas. She came up with some good and some not so good ideas. One of her ideas had merit, so I gave the topic a try. It didn't click.
Then an idea popped into my head. I did a little research and found out some interesting fun facts that I turned into a column I thought my readers would enjoy.
What is the topic?
You will have to wait until November to find out. But, like I told my neighbor, it is very different from her suggestion -- very, very different.
Mark Twain's suggestion:
Brainstorm, just write and see what comes, write on paper, try a new place to write, have an idea book - write down ideas whenever they come to you - go to them when you are stumped as to what to write about and googling is always an option. But, my most important suggestion is never give up.
What are your suggestions?