How do you solve a problem like world destruction? Granted, it’s no easy task, but you are lesbian fiction writers, you can do it!
As a writer’s coach, during the past few months, I routinely hear from authors who are feeling depressed, despondent and anxious. Since the November elections, for many writers, creativity has tanked, ambition and interest have faded and many pens have gone silent. Some are feeling helpless and stunned because there are no fast or easy remedies for the ongoing deconstruction of our democracy.
The election has taken a toll on the nation and world. However, I cannot think of a better time for you to do what you do best. Write! I know, pens have fallen silent, but perhaps we can approach the writing drought from another angle.
An important first step for managing situational depression and anxiety, which can lead to writer’s drought, is digging deep within to understand what is really causing the feelings leading to the block. Sometimes, we think we know what is bothering us, but upon deeper inspection, we discover it is something entirely different. I am a firm believer that we need to both name the problem and describe how it is affecting us. Then, we can set about solving the problem and releasing the thoughts and feelings that block imagination and creativity.
What if you decided to write a story based on the emotions you are feeling regarding the election? Hit your emotions head on. If you are angry about some aspect of the political decisions being made, write a story that rectifies what you are angry about. If you are depressed about a certain executive order that was signed, write a story that revokes it. If you are worried about lesbian rights, construct a story and create a hero that saves the day. Lesbian fiction writers are problem solvers, so, at least, fictionally, solve the problem. It’s what you do!
As my wife and I brainstormed the idea of stalled authors writing their own story based on the current administration, we came up with a few ideas of our own. If I were to write the story, it might be about Mel’s (Melania’s) girl friend. I imagine she has a special friend she spends time with during those thankfully long interludes when he stays in DC. Mel’s girlfriend, CIA Agent, tall, dark, mysterious, clever and cunning shows up at his fancy pants golf resort, infiltrates a state dinner, discovers evidence of Russia/Trump collusion and creates hilarious mischief. That story line makes me smile just thinking about it.
What’s your conflict and what is your story? I’d like to read it! Can we do that? I am inviting all authors to write a short story about their issues with the current administration and solve the conflict. There are no rules, except that I need your story by Monday May 1, 2017. I’ll use my May Women and Words blog spot to post a story or two. I know this isn’t your paid gig, but it’s a way to jump start your brain by reflecting on what is upsetting you and thinking through solutions by using your own words.
You may submit your story to LivBold@aol.com. In order to weed out spam, please put the name Jove in the subject line.
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