A blog called Tales from Mascrandy reminded me of a weapon against writer’s block.
In college, I used a dry-erase marker to write formulae and definitions on my bathroom mirror. The placement meant I couldn’t forget to study them. I left those up for days. As long as I didn’t rub the mirror or allow the buildup of too much condensation, the writing remained.
More recently, I used my bathroom mirror to experiment for a short story. Mid-way, I felt a little weird, and in the tradition of one raised on shows awarding fools, I took a picture.
It isn’t really foolish, though, is it? Anything safely assisting a writing endeavor is a good thing, right?
This method does work for the type of writer’s block formed by taking oneself too seriously.
Which I do too often. I feel that someone (somewhen, somehow) will critique every bit of writing left around too long, and to me, even a jot on a scrap piece of paper feels more permanent than scribbles on a mirror. A quick swipe of a damp paper towel removes mirror markings forever. That impermanence relaxes the invisible critic.
How about you? Have you written on a mirror?