Writing from Uncertainty. Tips and Prompts to Vanquish Writer's Block | Mary-Jane Holmes | Skillshare

Writing from Uncertainty. Tips and Prompts to Vanquish Writer's Block

Mary-Jane Holmes, Access your best creative ideas.

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5 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Free Writing

    • 3. Montage

    • 4. Clustering

    • 5. Final Thoughts


About This Class




I don’t know where to start?

I don’t know what to write about.

I have an idea but I am too scared it will be terrible  when I write it down.

Sound familiar?

Even the most established writers have experienced the frustration of a seeming lack of imagination or fresh ideas. The blank page can be daunting. The poet Glyn Maxwell has described it as coming up against a snow drift or an ice plain you can’t walk around.

As a published writer myself, when this happens to me (almost daily) I take solace in the two sentences scribbled on Post-It notes and stuck on my fridge:

Flannery O’Connor's  ‘I write to hear what I say' and Robert Frost’s ‘No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader’. Both of these quotes suggest that the unconscious is a rich source of inspiration to writers. In this class we will be focusing on some fun techniques to mine for the raw material needed to kick-start or unblock your writing practice. This class can be applied to whichever genre you work in or want to work in, whether that be short fiction, novel, poetry or memoir. This class will be helpful to writers who are just starting out, as well as established writers looking to shake up their practice. 

This is a 'let's-do-it-now' rather than a 'how-to' class. We will be working with guided writing exercises and prompts, as well as learning from the works of established writers. All you need is a quiet place to sit and a pen and paper (or device if that's better for you). So join me in what will be a fun creative exploration in how to access your best creative ideas!