You have a great idea for a piece of writing—you’ve researched and plotted and perhaps even jumped in. But suddenly the words won’t come, the project stalls, and you are left with a mean case of writer’s block. What can you do to get back into work that has stopped working? How can you regenerate the excitement you felt at the beginning of the project? How can you ensure that you finish what you start? In this class we’ll break down mental blocks with a series of stimulating, generative writing prompts and lectures designed to build momentum and free your project from wherever it has stalled.
Week One: Exploratory Writing. Sometimes the most valuable insights come from writing that doesn’t make into your actual draft. This week we’ll focus on activities to will help you get to know your characters, settings, and plots, all geared toward taking the pressure off and getting you back in the groove.
Week Two: The Role of Research: This week we’re talking research—when to use it, what you need, and how it can open lines of inquiry that will propel your writing.
Week Three: Time Jumps and Shifts in Perspective: How can changing your angle unlock your story? This week’s exercises will focus on playing with point-of-view, writing out of order, and changing tenses.
Week Four: Exercising the Muscle/Building Momentum. What can you do to keep your momentum going once our time together ends? This week we’ll talk strategies for pushing forward.
Each session will involve generative writing prompts designed to help you view your project from a new angle. Classes and exercises will be geared toward the individual needs of each student, with the goal of ending our time together with extensive new material, and a plan for moving forward to a project’s completion.