Thursday Thoughts: Universal Quiet

Sometimes, the voices in my head won’t shut up. All the characters (and I mean ALL of them) jabber and argue about whose story is more important. And sometimes, they go completely silent. I’m weird. I can’t sleep if it’s quiet. The moment things go quiet, I’m wide awake and wondering what’s wrong. We sleep with the TV on. We used to sleep with the scanner on because I was on call and it also reminded me of the radio traffic when I was doing 24-hour shifts at the fire station. It becomes white noise and conformting. Silence is not. Then the Universe sent me this…

If you sit and get really quiet, Silver, fully expecting your answer, it has to come.

The Universe

P.S. Expectation unlocks all doors, Silver, lights all paths, and frosts all cakes.

Lately, the voices have been more silent than chatty. When I got this message, guess what I did yesterday? I sat. In silence. I stared out the window. Rainy day, not much to see. Sort of gray and wet. So I closed my eyes. And no, I did NOT fall asleep, despite being awake from 1:47 until 4:06. Instead, I looked for the answer to why the words weren’t coming. I’m so close to finishing this book. I have scenes that only need to be joined up with connecting words and scenes. I know what’s to happen. I know when it’s to happen. But words get stuck and my brain won’t spit them out.

So, I closed my eyes. And I thought about the current scene, which was open on the monitor. And after about twenty minutes, my hands found the keyboard and the words came. Hesitant at first, but then they flowed. A little over 2K, which finished a chapter and created a whole new one that had no written scenes. Today, I need to figure out how to include a scene about icing cakes in this book. 😉

Yes, totally kidding about that, but it worked. So yeah, I now have a new tool in my kit to combant writer’s block. Silence. Who knew? Writers, do you have something new or little off-beat that gets you over that hump? And readers, which do prefer–silense or noise?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Quiet

  1. That’s awesome! I’m glad you found a way to encourage the words to flow. Silence is a powerful thing. I used to get my silence when I was out fishing. I miss that. I take little silence breaks while I’m out smoking sometimes. Just turn everything off for five minutes and let the world wash over me. I need to do that more often.

    As for writing, whenever I was stuck, I’d go sit with my notepad and pen, and do some stream of consciousness stuff. Just write down whatever was in my head and get it out onto paper, so the stuff I wanted to think about had room to blossom. And for reading? I can read in silence or with background noise. Sometimes I turn on music while I read. Sometimes, not. Sometimes the TV is on. :shrug:

    • Silver James says:

      I hope you get some weekend fishing soon, though the weather and the advent of lake people may preclude that. Hang in there. Sometimes, silense is good for the soul. 🤗

  2. Dawn says:

    Noise but really 1 ear has white noise from in it so always something …but used to sleep tv on…of course felines … but when finishing charting orders and such either music or time team helps.

    • Silver James says:

      I’m always curious about how other folks react/deal/do things. And that whole constant white noise thing? A different form of tinnitus I’m guessing. Good on you for learning to live with it! 🤗

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