Bust Writer’s Block: Tackle a New Genre to Flex Your Writing Muscles #amwriting #writetip #wip

Recently, I overcame a bout of writer’s block by challenging myself.  Since April is Poetry Month, I entered a poetry contest. Entering that contest while I was doubting my fiction-writing skills wasn’t an easy choice.  I had to overcome my Internal Critic, who was viciously echoing the voice of my high school English teacher. 

When I was in 10th grade, Mr. Snooty went out of his way to inform me that my best attempts at poetry were “sophomoric.” At that time, I didn't have the alligator hide that writers must develop to suffer through public commentary.  I let Mr. Snooty's criticism dampen my joy of rhyming.  Sadly, I refused to write poetry for the next 30 years.

 

When at long last I got brave and ignored the voice of my Inner Critic, I felt a charge of adrenaline that tickled my sleepy Muse.  I had fun forcing my imagination to string words together in a new way.  I moved past my writer’s block!

In honor of Poetry Month, I'm sharing my rhyming efforts to inspire other novel writers.  But first, here are the rules that I had to follow for the contest:

1) Write on the topic of “Spring.”

2) Write no more than 200 words.

3) Use the phrase, “April Showers.”

4) Use the phrase, “April Fools.”

Here’s the poem that resulted when I flexed my writing muscles:

 

April Song

By Adrienne deWolfe

 

Wise are they, the April Fools,

With outlooks bright as flowers.

Carefree hearts that break the rules

Are really super powers!

 

Nature’s calling; can you hear it?

Venture out and play!

Park your worry; air your spirit.

Celebrate the day.

 

Stomp a puddle; watch the storm fly;

Wander through the wood.

Make a mem’ry; feel the Earth sigh;

Things that do you good.

 

Spring is change: curse not the rain!

Rejoice when April showers.

As blossoms burst along the lane,

Breathe in God’s finest hours.

 

Although I didn't win the contest, I won in other ways:  I got a new tool for my "Writers Block Toolkit," and my newly awakened Muse supplied an awesome ending for Book 2 of my new Historical Romantic Suspense series.  Whoop!

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About Adrienne deWolfe

Adrienne deWolfe is the #1 bestselling author of action-packed Historical Romance, where feisty Heroines buck the conventions and true Heroes must be wickedly funny. Her greatest inspiration is nature, and the scene-stealers in her novels are often furry pranksters. Among her 48 writing awards, Adrienne has earned the Best Historical Romance of the Year. When she’s not writing, she’s mentoring aspiring authors, several of whom have become #1 bestsellers on Amazon. Adrienne also writes a fantasy and paranormal romance blog at MagicMayhemBlog.com. Looking for sneak peeks from her novels? Visit WildTexasNights.com.

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