"Banal, quotidian tripe" is, by definition, NOT banal, quotidian tripe.
So, read a bunch of somebody elses for a while.
Let other writers stimulate you for a change instead of doing it yourself. *snork* sorry.
I know an EMS Lt in Providence, RI who is having his book made into a movie. That's pretty damn cool, eh?
aaaaaaaaaand... there is a blog called Sippican Cottage. The guy there has five chapters posted so far that are exquisite.
I have a post scheduled for 1:15 this am that will provide links to both places.
Read, enjoy, relax.
Switch gears. Write some poetry or lyrics or something. And dedicate it to Key so you'll have to make it good.
Is this like the "yips"?
Maybe you have to let the god-awful stuff out, get it out of the way and then there's room for the good stuff? (I mean, really -- "quotidian tripe" is pretty god-awful. But I mean that in the nicest way.)
I know what you need, V-man. More advice.
In cases such as these I turn to Mr. H. He’d know what to pour, I mean, do.
While we’re waiting, and speaking of waiting, if it’s for adverbs, that might be the problem. Shun the epic, he said, and the simile (where’s my dictionary) or something like a simile, anyway. Adjectives are about as good as adverbs; nothing but cumbersome for the reader. And ten-dollar words fit in a five-dollar waste basket (that’s mine). I would only use modifiers under extreme, social, pressure. Or at gun-point. These are only tips of his, of course, for when the story comes; which is everything.
Thank you for my time.
Box up your stuff and send it over to Bill Ayers.
Mr. Wilson, that is an interesting idea. But it will need a title. Sort of like Dreams from My Father, but with a V-Man flavor.
"I used to alleviate writer's block with a three-day bender in a forgivably remote location"
I call that "rebooting". Works wonders when used in moderation.