Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Writing Process: Don't Do This

People sometimes ask about how I get inspired and push through writer's block, so I prepared this short video to demonstrate what I used to do. Do not, I repeat do not, try this at home.

Yes, that was eight pieces of double bubble gum in my mouth -- AT THE SAME TIME. The video (taken by my son -- that's his desk, not mine; mine is messier) is a re-enactment of an actual event that took place two years ago and marked the onset of TMJ in my life. I had to quit gum cold turkey (no seasonal pun intended) -- even soft Bazooka, my absolute favorite. So I'm still on the hunt for a replacement writer's block relieving strategy that won't damage body, mind, or soul. Any suggestions (PG only, please)?

(I'm leaving the Fire Escape for T-day, so for a holiday-oriented tidbit, I offer you last year's post about how this is the absolute best holiday for immigrants. Be safe, be grateful, and come back to chat on Monday).

3 comments:

Carl Hofmann said...

Mitali,
Just got back from your folk's--and finished reading their galley proof of First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. What a great read! Keep up the good work (and even without copious quantities of chewing gum, your inspiration seems to be flowing well).
Love to you all,
Carl

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks, Carl. You're probably the first person other than the editor and myself who has read the book ... so the comment is much appreciated.

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