Multi-award winning author Jacqueline Seewald has taught creative, expository and technical writing at the university level as well as high school English. She also worked as an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Eleven of her books of fiction have been published. Her short stories as well as poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies.
How to Break Writer’s Block by Jacqueline Seewald, Guest Blogger
Here is an exercise I used when I taught Creative Writing classes at both the university and high school level. You might enjoy trying it just for fun whether you consider yourself a reader, a writer or both.
“Stream of consciousness” is a style of writing which attempts to recreate in words what characters may be thinking either in repose or at moments of high conflict. There is no action, and the point of view is entirely within the mind of the central personality. As a technique in fiction writing, it can be very effective. Many modern writers such as James Joyce have attempted to use “interior monologue.” Most professional writers often write freely. When producing writing by steady, daily effort, they may break a log jam in the river of their associations and find their thoughts and words flowing rapidly downstream. Writing anything well is a combination of conscious and unconscious production.
For approximately thirty minutes, write as fast as you can, never stopping to ponder a thought. Put down whatever comes into your mind. Write freely without restriction or concern for mechanics. Begin by looking out the window and describing what you see or focusing your attention on something in the room. Conclude by returning your attention to that same focal point.
Jacqueline’s paranormal romantic mystery novels, The Inferno Collection and The Drowning Pool, have been widely acclaimed. The third romantic mystery in the Kim Reynolds series, The Truth Sleuth, is a new release and has received very good reviews. It can be requested at libraries worldwide.
Her recent historical romance set in the Regency period, Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards, is available in both hardcover and large print editions. A young adult novel, Stacy’s Song, was also published to excellent reviews.