Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: "Get Off Your Ass"

May 28th, 2009 by

There’s a saying attributed to Oliver Stone:

“Writing equals butt on chair.”

And for the most part, he’s right.
What writers do…
A helluva lot of what we do…
Derives from…
Sitting on our ass.


Let’s say you’re at your writing station…
And you’re stuck.
A scene isn’t working.
A character just told you to shove off.
A major subplot just collapsed and the tumbling debris crushed your psyche.

You can sit for the next several hours…
Bashing your forehead against the computer.
Or you can…

Go for a walk.
Sprint up the sidewalk.
Do some jumping jacks.
Dance to loud music.
Shadow box.
Rip off your clothes and race around screaming in circles in your office.
[This last piece of advice works best if you work alone].

Just give…
Your bum a break.
Your posterior a party.
Your fanny some freedom.
Your rump a ruckus.
Your haunches a holiday.

I don’t know the exact scientific name for the condition…
But there is definitely a direct link between the inner workings of your brain…
And the status of your buttocks.
Some times, you’ve got to adjust your arse…
To get your mind into major mojo mode.

So the next time you’re stuck or even feeling a little flat…
Don’t rattle your brains…
Rather get off your ass…
And get the blood pumping.

It’s amazing how something so simple can ignite your creativity!

This has been another installment of Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work.

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4 thoughts on “Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: "Get Off Your Ass"

  1. Emily Blake says:


    Although I don’t really do the writer’s block thing. Usually when I get stuck I just type “Some shit happens here” and then move onto the next scene until I figure out what the shit is.

  2. Scott says:

    Emily, reminds me of a writer who summed up what “story” was this way: “Shit happens.”

  3. Désirée says:

    :-) Great read. So true. Put in a funny way.

  4. judy says:

    I’m doing jumping jacks as we speak…

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