Article Title: Writing and the Creative Imagination - How to Avoid Writer's Block?
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, How to Write Creatively, Writing Hints/Tips, Creative Writing Course,Writing Course, Online Writing Course, Imagination, Creative Imagination (enough there for now, craig!)
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Writing and the Creative Imagination - How to Avoid "Writer's Block"

Authors Note:

This short article was a reply to a question in a literary magazine on how I use my creative imagination (or subconscious mind) to help overcome writer's block . Thought I'd share a few simple thoughts on how to use the amazing powers of your creative imagination to the fullest in overcoming "writer's block"...


Just letting you know that I start all my novels with a basic plot and a central theme or message (a simple plan) and don't have much idea how it's all going to end up ("pan out"). I don't consciously use techniques, like "mind-mapping" and have found that by writing one chapter at a time then simply "letting go", the story simply flows onto the next naturally (at least I think it does!). It's simply a matter of taking one step at a time, then waiting for "inspiration"*, which may take an hour, a day, a week, or perhaps even a month (if you are a very patient writer - definitely not one of my virtues!).

* By the way, the word "inspire" translated from the ancient Greek language, literally says, "God breathed life into".

Not that it's Greek to me - this "not classical language scholar"!

When I get "stuck" for a while, I take a break with a long walk along the stunningly beautiful beaches here, which really relaxes me and then the thoughts simply "flow into my head.”

This takes hold and I get a clear vision of the next small step ahead (always) - through the amazing powers of the
subconscious mind, which is where our INSPIRATION* comes from... and this leads, impels (nice word!) us into ACTION. Thought seeds energy, which results in the choice of action)

Its up to us to ACT on our "creative feelings". I study and write quite a bit about the amazing powers of the human mind... and truly believe the 'powers' are available to ALL writers, when they simply relax and trust their intuition.
Imagination leads to intuition ("the way God communicates with us" via the antennae of the subconscious mind, I believe). So use the amazing and unlimited powers of your creative subconscious mind...


'Let Go and Let God, the Universe reveal plot (or any idea to move forward) to you through your CREATIVE IMAGINATION...

and it never fails to work for me (in all areas of life, I believe)!

Enough 'spiritual thoughts' and back to writing!

Hope these thoughts may be helpful to you in whatever endeavour (creative or otherwise) you undertake in life.

Shared by Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books: "Information and Inspiration distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent
and uses only half of it, he has partly failed.
If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has
gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever
- Thomas Wolfe

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
- Erica Jong

"It took me twenty long , yet very satisfying years of blood, sweat and tears (many) to find out that I had no talent for writing; but I couldn't stop writing, because by then I was too famous to give up."
- a "nonymoose" writer


Sorry about all the 'eyes' in the article, but didn't know how to write it any other way.
Perhaps I should have left the 'problem' to my creative imagination!

"I truly believe we can all create and enthuse magic into 'so-called humdrum little lives'.
You don't just have to be the choreographer, or the conductor of your
life script - rather paint your life as the the masterpiece it could (one day) be."

"There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that flows through (and from ), the Source of our Being, the Spirit of God, Life. So don't spend your days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music now."

- craig

“A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision

is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world.”

- Inscription from a church in Sussex, England

"Our Creator will never give us a desire without our having

the ability/capacity to see it to fruition."

"The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions."
- Alan Cohen

"Together, one mind at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”



"Ï write, because I like to make things...and the only things I am good at
making are with words."

- PJ O'Rourke (but it could also be me “speaking”)

“I make art through using materials…and words are my effective power-tools.”

- craig

Don't worry about the world ending today... it's already tomorrow in "little" scenic and tranquil New Zealand

Author's Bio: 

About the author:
Craig is a writer, who believes in (and loves) sharing information with a touch, a "dash or two" of humour, as well as encouraging and helping others to find their talents and gifts, to strive for and accomplish their dreams in life - whatever they may be.
The various books including 'Over the Rainbow’ that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at and

Craig is currently writing 'To the End of the Rainbow', where the reader is involved making different choices, directions: Different paths = DIFFERENT OUTCOMES

Craig's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at

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