Category Archives: Mysteries

Give Your Brain a Break and Write Better!

So, what do I do when I’m not writing? I cartoon! Yup, it’s a great way to get relief from thinking so hard. I use Adobe Draw on my iPad Pro – a wonderful anniversary gift from my wife. Here’s an example of the kind of cartoon stuff I create.

 

I’m not a great cartoonist (that requires a lot of dedication and practice), but it’s simply pure fun to turn away from what seems like the drudgery of writing (especially in the middle of a book) and create something you can finish in a couple of minutes.

 

By the way, did you know that at least two famous American writers also cartooned? John Updike, for one, wanted to be a cartoonist in his teens and drew them at Harvard. Google his name to find examples.

 

The great humorist, James Thurber, also did simple and classic cartoon illustrations for The New Yorker. He had a quirky and very dry sense of humor. Check him out on Google.

 

In addition to ‘tooning,’ I do yoga to get away from the physical effects of writing. After years of sitting at a desk and pounding out prose, I find it a wonderful practice for loosening all those stiff muscles and correcting the bad posture. I highly recommend it.

 

In fact, I recommend any kind of exercise for writers! Your brain needs relief from constant thought; otherwise, you’ll go stale in a very short time. Plus, exercise gives your subconscious the opportunity to do its mysterious work. You’d be surprised at how often a wonderful idea will pop into your head while walking, running, cycling, etc.

 

Fisher Writing Tip #1: Write Yourself Into a Corner!

If you write fiction, you know that inevitably you’ll run into a brick wall labeled, “Oh, wow, I don’t know where to go next with this story. I’m doomed, doomed, I tell you!” Of course, much wailing and gnashing of teeth will follow, and your spouse will get heartily sick of your cliched whining. All… Continue Reading

Reverse Writer’s Block

After suffering for years from total writer’s block due to depression, my imagination was freed up when the then-new anti-depressants came on the market back in the Eighties. Prior to those years, I was able to write non-fiction easily, but couldn’t do fiction at all. Curiously, since those days, I’ve encountered a kind of reverse… Continue Reading

Murder Mysteries – and Cartooning!

Cartooning and writing – what do they have to do with each other? Well, oddly enough, the two skills seemed to be linked in certain authors although no one really knows why. Examples are the humorist, James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and the great novelist, John Updike (The Widows of Eastwick, etc.). In… Continue Reading

Shortsightedness Leads to a Career in Writing!

All of us are shaped by our physical characteristics. One characteristic, in particular, shaped me into a writer – myopia. As a child, I was extremely near-sighted and couldn’t engage in a lot of sports activities. Klutzes weren’t welcome at second base or beneath the basket. So, naturally, I took to reading books at an… Continue Reading