I’m not too familiar with writer’s block. As a mostly nonfiction writer, I am bombarded daily with story ideas about real happenings and people, and all I have to do is find the time and energy to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
Still, every time an idea comes along—for a fiction or nonfiction story—I jot it down. Like most writers, my notebook dangles at my side like an extra appendage (except when I’m in the shower or in bed. Well, sometimes in bed. And I’ve been known to eek out a few words in the water vapor on the shower door).
So when a well-known author friend, widely recognized for his eloquent prose, wrote and told me that an excerpt from my email (“In the meantime, since we have no funerals this week…”) is a good line and that I should use it in a story, it went in the notebook. And on Facebook, just for fun.
Then came several “likes” and a few responses from other writers on FB:
“It’s a great beginning line. Who wouldn’t want to continue to read?”
“That’s a great sentence! I might even steal it for a story of mine…if you don’t object that is.” (I don’t.)
So steal away! What line would come next, if you were writing this story?