On Writer’s Block and Sodium Acetate

Let’s talk about chemistry for a second.

Normally, when you dissolve a salt in water, there’s only so much you can put in before it gets saturated. If you make the water warmer, you can dissolve a little more salt in it. If you let the water cool, that extra bit of salt will fall out of solution.

Bear with me here.

Now, there are some salts, like sodium acetate, that can be dissolved to the point of saturation in warm water. Then, when the water is cooled, if that water is very pure, the salt will actually hang in there, and only recrystalize when a seed crystal is added.

Which looks really cool, by the way.

Why am I telling you all this? Because sometimes writer’s block is a supersaturated solution of sodium acetate. You’ve got all these elements in your head – wonderful characters, a skeleton of a plot, and one really cool idea you can’t wait to see take physical form. In theory, you’ve got the makings of a complete story and are just waiting for it to precipitate onto the pages of a book.

So what’s stopping it? Why are these ideas stuck in your head? Maybe what you’re missing is the seed crystal. Which is why, when you have writer’s block, the solution (ha) may be to write something, anything, and allow the rest of your story to crystalize around it.

Update Log


Still developing the post devil’s archer part of Odyssey I. Some stuff has been added, or will be shortly.

Also, you may be interested to know I have a redbubble account now! Here you can buy prints of Ilion artwork as well as clothing and accessories, if you’d like.


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