John C. Mannone

Ekphrasis to overcome writer's block

by John C. Mannone

That's a fancy word for art informing art. Usually it's taken to mean using a visual prompt to inspire a written work, but it really can involve any two art forms. But I'm going to concentrate on writing being the end product, not painting or sculpting or other art forms which would benefit, too.

Writer's block, whether real or perceived, can be thwarted by any kind of sensory stimulation.

For example, I recently used a piece of music, Pachelbel's Canon in D as a writing prompt. It's amazing what that piece of music will inspire! See the youtube with a great slide show to the music of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. (The images might collaborate with the music to inspire more words):

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