Module 2

Overcoming Creative Blocks

Extract:

What to do when you get writers block – If you don’t feel in the mood for creative writing it might comfort you to know that some of our most creative and famous personalities were discouraged as children. Here are two stories about the childhood of famous adults.

Charles Shultz, creator of the characters in the “Peanuts” comic strip was never allowed to draw cartoons in school. “Only in the seventh grade one time . . . The teacher for one brief period let us experiment with drawing political cartoons. Outside of that I don’t recall ever being allowed to draw cartoons,” said Shultz.

How to deal with writers block , The Creative Writer:

  • Stays on task
  • Burns with curiosity
  • Enjoys complex ideas
  • Adjusts easily
  • Has a variety of interests
  • Has a high energy level
  • Is self-reliant.
  • Daydreams
  • Sticks to his/her beliefs
  • Enjoys play
  • Believes in himself/herself

As a child Robert Louis Stevenson was tormented by nightmares that caused him to wake up screaming. Stevenson later described how his dreams “Became a stage upon which he conceived some of his best stories” and ….

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