What’s the Big Idea? (Week Ending September 22)

When people imagine writers working on their craft, some may have an outdated image of the writer hunched over a typewriter, staring longingly out the office window, waiting for inspiration. That just doesn’t happen anymore.

Some writers may take a languid approach to the craft, but they are few and far between. Most of our writers at the Confabulator Cafe are working hard to get some writing done between the other constraints of their lives: a job, family, exercise, and mundane chores like laundry and grocery shopping.

So, it probably comes as no surprise that our writers are always trying to find time to write. When they do have time, they don’t have time to stare out a window. They write. Sometimes on three or four things at a time. That’s a lot of creative energy.

Thankfully, creativity appears to be a renewable resource that — despite what comes out of Hollywood — doesn’t seem to run out. At least, that’s what we hope.

This week, we’ve asked the writers at the Cafe to discuss what they are currently working on and give their advice on how to refill the gas tank of creativity. We’ve asked them if they ever worry about running out of ideas, and what they do to keep that from happening.

We hope you enjoy their comments. Please feel free to leave your own each day, and come back all week to read more writing advice from our contributors.

Until Next Week,

The Cafe Management

Cafe Management is run by the administration of The Confabulator Cafe. We keep things running smoothly, post stories by guest authors, and manage other boring back-end tasks.

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