Today, the topic that's on my mind is a perceptual block: the tendency to limit the scope of a problem. Adams uses the 9-dot problem as an example in his book.
Using four straight lines, connect all nine dots.
What does this have to do with writing, you ask? Simple: it's our tendency to limit the problem too much that makes us unable to see the solution. In terms of writing, that might mean defining what the end-result will be before you've put anything down on paper. Like when you set out to write a memoir but really what comes out is a short story about a dragon and a princess. The Intern has a great post on this very topic: books that aren't really books.
As for me, I'm doing whatever I can to avoid limiting my current problem... er, project. At the moment I know this:
- There is a character.
- There are pieces of scenes involving this character written on index cards.
- There is a secret.