Backyard composting brings me a little rush of pleasure. Okay, I know how silly that sounds, but for me composting is even better than magic. The magician may be able to turn a wooden block into a dove, but my compost bin turns rotting kitchen scraps and yard waste into a beautiful, rich soil, and there’s no trickery involved. It’s so satisfying.
But what do composting and writer’s block have in common? A lot, really. I like to think of the brain as a sophisticated compost bin. Just as organic material gets thrown together on the heap, eventually turning into nutrient-rich soil , so do all the random thoughts and ideas that we’ve put into our brains turn into rich story material. One little idea alone does not turn into an original, multi-layered story but the combination of ideas that we’ve been collecting for years does compost and turn into something new and fresh. When we begin to write, we don’t need to worry about where the ideas will come from. They’ve been ‘cooking’ in our brains for years, ready and waiting to nourish a new story. We just have to have faith, put fingers to the keyboard, and start writing. The process is better than magic.