Interesting Writing Opportunity

I found another interesting writing opportunity today, this time via Duotrope’s Digest. This one is another anthology, with the theme being “Books Gone Bad”. The publisher seeking submissions is Dead Letter Press and here in their own words is what they mean by “Books Gone Bad”:

Stories should be about books that do not belong in a sane person’s library; books that wreck havoc in the lives of their owners; books that are no damn good! The “bad” book in your story should be central to the plot. The book should exert an emotional, or a physical, or a supernatural effect on the characters, or on reality, or time, or space. The book should be the villain of your story. Perhaps a sympathetic villain, or an unwitting accomplice to evil—but nevertheless, the book should be a “character” in your story, play a major role, and be “on stage” for a good part of the tale. You can think of this as “the secret lives and evil times of diabolical books.” In fact, that’s the tag line.

Here is the full post stating their submission guidelines.  They prefer submissions between 4000 and 12,000 words in length and are paying 1 cent per word, which for the math challenged is $40 for the minimum word count.

Anyhow, this idea intrigues me and I am thinking this could be my next project after the Machine of Death.  We’ll see.

Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block. I bet everyone out there has an opinion or a story of a time when they sat at their computer or with pen and bad in hand and nothing came out. Some of the great writers even say that Writer’s Block doesn’t exist, though these are the blessed few who enjoy the warm gaze of the Lord over their shoulder every time they touch a pen. These types no doubt enjoy divine inspiration even while signing a check.

In the past, I definitely felt as though I had experienced Writer’s Block, and the panic that sets in when you want to write but just have nothing to say. I wonder, though, if the pros were on to something. In those instances where I didn’t feel inspired, maybe I just gave up too soon? After all, it’s much easier to sit down in front of the television rather than struggle with expressing myself with the written word.

Ever since I started this blog and got serious about my writing, I am happy to say I haven’t experienced Writer’s Block. I have found that if I think about a problem long enough, I usually come up with the solution. That is what writing is to me: problem solving. How does the story move from point a to point z? In fact, I find that if I present my characters with an interesting problem, that is a great springboard for the story. The key for me is to not be afraid to walk away from the problem for a moment.

So, anyone experiencing Writer’s Block now?  Any thoughts or anything to add?