The content of a writer’s story depends on the content of the writer’s life.
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I know a lot about college students and drinking beer. I’ve been around college students and I’ve been a beer drinker all my adult life. College students and beer drinking appear often in my flash fiction. College students and beer drinking also appear often in my personal blog. The two are where I get a lot but not all of my inspiration as a writer. As far as I can tell, other writers draw inspiration from the content of their lives, too. How could it be any other way?
Literature, love, sexuality and money also play their part in the content of my life as they do in my fiction. Writers get their ideas from all sorts of places, some more lofty than others. That’s nothing new. This article is not about what is new but about what is very old.
This article is about the dynamic created by the intersection of writer, writing and inspiration and its impact on the work of an author.
Writer’s block can be a frightening thing. I’ve had it, sometimes for days. It keeps me awake. It can distract me all day. Sometimes the only thing that shuts down the wheels so that blissful sleep overtakes me is several beers. For me, writing and drinking are deeply related. But if I may offer a piece of advice to my brother and sister short story and flash fiction writers, don’t be concerned about writer’s block.
I’ve been writing for over 50 years. I haven’t run out of good short story ideas or ideas for articles yet. It’s because of that intersection of writer, writing and inspiration. The best cure for writer’s block is to keep living your life and to keep writing. The very process of living and writing guarantees that inspiration will strike. When it does you will have an idea that with a little luck and a lot of hard work and concentration could very well turn into your next short story.
Writer’s block, where is thy sting?
My blog is the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette