Writers Tricks of the Trade VOLUME 8, ISSUE 4 - Page 31

G IS FOR G ETTING U NSTUCK M ORGAN S T . J AMES E XCERPT FROM THE W RITERS T RICKS OF THE T RADE B OOK This is a new year. But are you stuck in a rut doing the same old things you have al- ways done? Habit can be your worst enemy, so make a resolution to try some new things. Back when I was an interior designer, my partner and I entered into a project with another designer. She had standard treatments she did for every job, never trying anything different. When we asked why she kept repeating herself, she answered, “What else?” I t doesn’t matter if you write fiction, nonfiction or poetry—writers pretty much base everything upon their own imagination and experiences. In Chapter 8 we discussed how our imagination is trig- gered by things we’ve seen, learned or actually lived through. In the beginning, we have a basket full of ideas just waiting to be developed, but eventually we work our way through most of them. Then what? How to come up with fresh scenar- ios and characters? Are you a creature of habit? W INTER 2019 Do you take the same route from place to place whenever you travel between certain destinations? Do you have favorite restaurants and limit yourself to what you know and love on their menu? Is there a style that defines you? Do you only read favorite authors? The list could go on and on. We do these things because it’s comfortable. Most people like certain places and foods, or feel good in certain types of clothes or surroundings. P AGE 26 W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE