Ask the Pros: Write the Solution by Angela Grace

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. 

Angela Grace
Optimized Life Coaching
livbold@aol.com

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12 thoughts on “Ask the Pros: Write the Solution by Angela Grace

  1. Truly appreciate your post about the stunned state of mind so many writers and other creatives have been experiencing in the election and now inaugural aftermath. It took me until March to discard the ideas I’d come up with to creatively express my ongoing sense of sadness, shock and confusion. I’m up to Chapter 4 now on a new online episodic series featuring a brain surgeon/neurologist who, from her research center in northern Virginia, watches the news and sees the President-elect’s erratic behaviors as dangerous symptoms of psychosis. Certain he’s mentally deranged, she pursues leads that first entangle into an encounter with a team in black suits, so to speak, and later a sexy journalist, ready for action.

    Putting my political grievances into the hands of my characters and giving them the wits and tools to solve their quests has certainly brightened my mood!

    Thank you for this post. I found you blog recently via my wordpress reader and your postings are always smart and well done.

    My best,
    Blackbird

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  2. Genius! Thank you. Lots of people have been lamenting their inability to write. Personally, I suffered quietly. I had two books I was working on editing in October for November and December releases that I’ve only just managed to get out (and one had a Thanksgiving theme…). I wish someone had thought of this sooner but I’m oh so glad you did. Hopefully, it helps a few authors that are still struggling.

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      1. No ma’am; not at this time. Now that I’ve finally got my groove back, I have lots of catching up to do. I just thought this was a great idea and I hope it helps some others who haven’t been able to get back to writing and creating yet.

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    1. Wonderful! Have fun, work out a few of those emotions and send your story over. I’m looking forward to reading your story.

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  3. Lee, are you agreeing to contribute a short story? I hadn’t considered an anthology but, anything is possible. I know a collective of women who just started a publishing company. 🙂

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  4. I was stunned, too, at first, and I’ve seen a lot of writers share that feeling. Before, I had tried to write the solution, in a political novel (The Exodus Strategy, to be published, in which a lesbian and a straight couple build a utopia together), and Rise, in which paranormal beings intervene in human affairs because they are tired of what they are seeing. Post-election, I had to take a step back, and ponder if what I was doing still made sense. Is there ever going to be a solution in reality? Can fiction help work towards it, or are we just kidding ourselves, and the pendulum will always swing back? I’ve come to think that while it’s tiring and frustrating that so many people choose to look away (not just in the context of this particular event, and it’s not just the problem in one country), the visibility of women who persist, women who love women, still matters. Every story is a part of the big picture, so I’ll continue writing the world I want to see.

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  5. Barbara- what you do matters. You influenced me a few years back when we were blitzing on a regular basis. By welcoming me into the blitzing group, along with the other women, I’m now involved with Women and Words and other projects. Lesbian fiction is a cornerstone to the lesbian house and you are one of the builders. If you would like to send an excerpt of The Exodus Strategy, I’d enjoy reading it and may post it along with a few others in May. Thank you for adding your insights.

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    1. Thank you, Angela. 🙂 The blitzing helped me a lot, too–and Women and Words is definitely a great venue when it comes to lesbian fiction and all the subjects surrounding it. I’m not sure if The Exodus Strategy is the right format for what you had in mind, as it is a full-length novel (I am planning a release late this year, or early in the next), but I can certainly send you an excerpt before the end of the month.

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