Yesterday, my husband and I visited a small country church to share in the celebration of their mortgage burning. After the worship service, the congregation gathered outside around a prepared firepit and waited for the pastor to light the kindling in order to accomplish the grand and glorious combusion of the stamped-Paid-in-Full document.
Several attempts by the pastor to light the fire with a long-stemmed lighter failed. Some anonymous soul passed a pocket-sized cigarette lighter forward.
That didn't work either.
Finally, a welder in the crowd retrieved a small butane tank from his company truck and managed to ignite the blaze without blowing us all to kingdom-come. The deed for which we'd gathered was then accomplished in short order.
Authors, who/where do you turn when your own efforts fail to ignite a fire of creativity under your work? Do you have a critique group or partner to help you fan into flame that missing spark? (Please note: I am NOT suggesting you send your manuscript up in smoke!)
Sometimes we just need a little help from others to accomplish that which we can't seem to do on our own. I'd like to hear about those people or resources you turn to when you need a fresh fire. I will award a copy of Christine Lynxwiler's new release, Forever Christmas, to the one who, in my opinion, posts the most glowing tribute. I will announce the winning "comment" on Thursday.
Off to light a fire under an author or two. . . SKD