I’ll admit it: I was in a slump. I wasn’t writing. I felt frustrated. And that contributed to even more not-writing. I’ve been in this cycle more times than I can count. So far I’ve learned that there are two ways out. One: wait for the muse of inspiration to descend, though she is a fickle creature and frequently tardy. Two: write my way through. And that’s where journals like Visual Verse are so useful.
Every month they provide a new picture. It is up to you to write something in response to it in 50-500 words. The real challenge is in the time limit: you only have one hour. This was difficult. I like to write, re-write, labour over a piece until I’m satisfied, not just with every sentence, but with every word in every sentence. My hour was up too quickly and I pressed submit a little unwillingly. (You can read the result here.) I then went on to revise the piece for another hour, just for my own peace of mind. The thing wouldn’t let me go.
And since this small, 500-word challenge, I haven’t been able to stop writing. Slump over!