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08 December 2010 @ 01:25 pm
Blog: Writer's block follow up  
Some interesting ideas posted in response to my post about wrtier's block yesterday. I was especially intrigued at malaisia's "100 themes" suggestion: http://sites.google.com/site/daimonyon/100themes. Maybe 100 one-page stories, each one focused on a different one of the themes?

I actually loosely penciled a page yesterday with the idea of it being a story I would make up as I go along but I now realize if I'm going to do it I really have to go much faster since I'm already overthinking it and losing steam--not 24 hour comic speed but maybe try and do something like six pages a day. We shall see.

As an aside, I recently saw the documentary Public Speaking about the writer Fran Lebowitz on HBO. It was really good, since she's a very witty, acerbic person, but what really struck me (for obvious reasons!) was that she came out with two collections of essays in 1978 and 1981 and then had a bout of writer's block which lasted 11 years. Since then she wrote a children's book and not much else. They touch on it briefly in the movie, as she attributes the "writer's blockade" to success tripping her up. I enjoyed the movie but I won't pretend that bit didn't make my the hair on the back of my neck stand up a bit.
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bassorama on December 10th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ms. Communication?
How about several one-page mini-stories about a character who is always misinterpreting her friends' texts to him/her? The first panel would set up the true meaning of the text, the remaining one(s) would be the misinterpretation in action. Kinda dumb because I'm having a hard time thinking of scenarios, but I guess that's the challenge. Ms. Communication would have to be pretty thick for it to work (e.g., thinks OMG means something else). Yes, this is a dumb idea (but I'm still laughing)...nevermind!!! (I should write for SNL, right?)