Monday, September 13, 2010

Think Outside the Box

2 Sam. 22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
Have you ever placed yourself so tightly in a box you feel there is no way out? You know, gotten so used to a routine that going off the beaten path might throw you off track a little?

Have you taken the same exact route to the store, gone through the store hitting all the aisles like a robot scourging the shelves in the same pattern week after week? Sometimes we need to shake off the routine and go down a dirt road that has never been explored before.

In our writing, we broach the same topics, write in the same fashion, place everything in the box with us so we feel secure knowing it is right where we want it to be. I’m here to tell you to think outside the box for a change. Write something you’d never dare write, show us, in all the splendid color, what you have to offer.

Think outside the box and shake your writing up a bit. Maybe use a new word that you’ve never used before. Try techniques unfamiliar to you and practice them every day; fulfill your writing dream by letting go of the old cardboard box. Climb out and observe the world around you, swallow up all the beauty and write about what it is you see.

Do pictures help you tell a story? Then google Picture Prompts, you’ll get a slew of new images to meander through all waiting for a tale to be told. Do word prompts help you write a story? Then again, google writing prompts. All of these venues are there for the taking. It’s like dipping into a pool of thoughts and you jump in and grab what you can and come out dripping with a new tale to be told.

Exercise your brain daily. Get out of the box and try your hand at new things. Sail off into the sunset and resurface at the sunrise. As a writer you can travel the world, wind up in different worlds, delve into the consciousness of writing and be on your way.

Whatever you do, don’t get stuck in a rut. The rut will weigh you down, keeping you grounded in one spot, you guessed it, The Box.

So what will you do today differently than you’ve done in weeks past? Are you just going to sit there, tap on the keys, go on about your day in routine fashion and wind up here in the morning to do the same thing over and over again? I hope not. I hope you put your world in a blender and shake up your habits a bit and write your heart out, embracing new things along the way.

Today, as in all days, Think Outside the Box!

Job 37:1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.


Ro said...

I finally started writing that novel. I haven't edited or anything, just started writing. I haven't written much, but it's a start, right?

It's funny how you mention pictures and things to help prompt you. I didn't know how to start the novel. Then it just occured to me one day, drawing on the personal experience of a loved one. Then, I needed a place, and I thought, medical supply store. That came from watching 60 Minutes.

We'll see what happens. I'm sure it'll take a long, long time to write and refine and then who knows if I'll have anything good, but it's fun. :)

joni said...

Glad you're thinking outside the box! :)

You know, it can really get crowded in there. lol

Write on!!!

Yvonne said...

My final lesson for F2K was sci-fi/futuristic, completely outside my comfort zone. I enjoyed the challenge. I was able to conentrate on the story and not as much on the writing--if that makes any sense

I am taking your "outside the box" advice today and applying it to my personal life. Thanks. I knew coming here today was the right thing ot do.

joni said...

It makes a whole lot of sense Von!

Sometimes it is more important to get the story out and worry about the other things upon a revisit. Then we can tweak our hearts out! :)

Glad you came here, too! :)

Yvonne said...

Okay Joni, so I spent yesterday trying to think outside of the box about my completely dysfuntional relationship with my older sister. Actually, I think I spent most of the night doing it too since I swear I woke up every hour.

Conclusion reached: I need to stop pushing pause on my dreams each time my sister decides to enter my life again. It isn't healthy for me, my family, or my dreams.

Result: I'm signing up for the Writing a Mystery Short Story class at WVU. The description speaks to me for some reason and I'm going to trust the voice and follow through. Hooray. Thanks Joooooooniiii.

I hope you don't mind me using your blog for therapy. ;)

joni said...

Not at all Von! you go right ahead!

Look at some of the older posts too, you might get something out of them too. :)

I have that same relationship with my sister, or did.
We need to realize that WE are more important at the moment! Being selfish is OK sometimes, especially when WE benefit!

Keep on writing! The world would be missing out if we never got to experience your writing! :)

June said...

Wonderful advice for living and writing, Joni!

I'm working on getting out of my comfort zone and your blog post is a great reminder to try new things and new ways of approaching what we do.




joni said...


Now THAT was thinking outside the box if I ever saw! lol :)