Listography (making lists of things) is a new fad which is proving a popular moneyspinner. Basically, you make lists of things in an autobiographical way. It is not necessarily meant as an aid to writing, I guess, but if it is, then try a cheaper way of avoiding writer’s block/seeking inspiration.
When we struggle with something, it is well worth trying to think a little differently about our approach.
You must all remember this from Willy Russell’s Educating Rita.
“In response to the question ‘suggest how you would resolve the staging difficulties inherent in a production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt’, you have written, quote, ‘do it on the radio’ unquote!”
It is succinct to the point of over-simplicity but also useful. Think about the problem…and try an innovative way of tackling it.
I once attended a talk by the charming Cornish-based writer, Patrick Gale. The reality, he suggested, may be that we are stopping the creative process, by using a computer, instead of a notepad, pen and ink.
He first writes in pen, not on a computer, enjoying the blank page, the writings, the crossings out. To him, a page of writing is a start to the creative process. A page of word processing denotes the end of the creativity, and, I guess, the slog of getting things ready for a publisher.
So, what some of us with writer’s block may be missing out on is writing as a sensual, creative process.
Getting a decent pen and pad of paper is a simple writing tip to try (which listography expensively taps into).
Stop writing lists and get on with writing something useful like a story, a letter to an old friend, a blog post, or simply keep a diary…imagine!