I've been having a bit of a brain stall when it comes to writing here. Ultimately, I think it's because I've been censoring myself, which is just a silly, silly thing, and hopefully I'll conquer that soon. In the meantime, however, I've been looking for solutions. As anyone's who's also been stumped knows, sometimes you'll try things you wouldn't normally try in order to jumpstart the words. In my case -- and trust me, I am totally embarrassed to admit this -- I googled writing prompts and turned to the internet for inspiration.
Here are a few of the prompts (in italics) that came up and the literary magic that ensued.
Your character looks at Death. Death looks at your character. "You're early," Death finally says.
"I'm sorry," I say. "That doesn't normally happen; I usually last longer than this."
"Is that a dead body?" "Maybe?" "It is. I can see it right in front of me." "I promise I'll clean it up before dinner."
"You're not even gonna say you're sorry? You usually last longer than this."
"On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad do you think it would be if . . ." "At least a 20."
"Oh god, please forgive me. I usually last longer than this."
Hmmmm, yeah. I'm sorry. This isn't working. I usually write longer than this.
TOO RA LOO RA AYE!!!
In Case You Were Wondering . . .
Sometimes Ronnie D writes funny stuff. Sometimes she writes desperate teenage prose. Most times she just slams her feeble, little woman-hand onto the keyboard in an attempt to feel something, anything.