Beyond Writer's Block

I got it!!  No...ah....maybe.......Yeah, that's it! Really?  Over used, Dude!
I got it!! No...ah....maybe.......Yeah, that's it! Really? Over used, Dude!
Ahhhhh....Duh....Complete blank.
Ahhhhh....Duh....Complete blank.

It's Brain Freeze!

Writer's everywhere, possibly even literary giants throughout history,have experienced moments of creativity limbo. It is officially referred to as writer's block. An accurate phrase and a frustrating situation. Like a huge concrete wall that stands between the writer and his work, it can seem impenetrable. One thing all writers will agree with is that however the block appeared, it must be made to break.

When writer's find themselves in this state of limbo, their main objective is to get over it, the sooner the better. How this occurs in the first place is the writer's mystery of all time. I can only believe that authors who write for a living and come up against this wall have found the solution beyond it before starving to death.

It's highly doubtful John Grisham or Tom Clancy may have met with a brick wall of nothingness. No bad will intended, wouldn't we be secretly pleased to know they once sat staring into space in front of a silent keyboard? Selfish yes, but if authors of such brilliance can sometimes suffer, surely we have no reason to despair.


Ideas that work.....or maybe not.

We writers are sensitive individuals. I should also mention that each and every one of us is unique in terms of our creativity and talent. Therefore, it should follow that writer's block happens to each of us based on our own individual synaptic experience. (What's a synaptic experience?)

We react in our own way. We must conquer our obstacles in the manner most suited to our individual methods of motivation. This gives me a bit of hope. A thought...yes, "Synaptic Experience," now there's a topic and days of research that could very well result in an intriguing work of art.

Conversation is, by the way, one of the prescribed means to wake up the sleeping brain and suddenly be slapped or shaken by a word....a phrase....a question. All living things that take root and grow, begin with a seed.

It is amazing how and from where a writer may find inspiration. The minds of writers often see the world around them as an ocean of ideas and continuously feel the urge to create a scenario as they view the vast environment while merely passing by.


Barry Manilow writes the songs

Try it all...something will work....maybe
Try it all...something will work....maybe

Where I'm going...

I have been painfully and silently suffering with writer's block for over two weeks. It's a frustrating feeling as we fight to keep from sheer panic. Imagine a Doctor without his instruments to appropriately examine his patients. A writer without his words and an inspiration is a dilemma such as that. We can often begin to feel desperate.

I think I've tried it all. In fact today, I decided I'm simply trying too hard. I think I should fool my brain by being carefree and unconcerned. We might sometimes play a game of avoiding all thought of writing. Sort of like being unconcerned with finding love, when in fact it's all we truly want. Aren't we comforted by the wisdom of others that "Love will find us, when we least expect it?" It's random thoughts like this that can help us get through a painful block.

I've had all the chats with fellow-writers and accepted their suggestions, gratefully. While it's a slight comfort to know I'm not alone, that all writers have "been there," it's not really helping with my current dilemma. It may be that I simply haven't found my own key solution.

"Get more rest, take a long walk, read, read and read some more, go shopping, sit in the park and people-watch".....These are just a few of the numerous suggestions. I believe I gave them a fair try. O.K. maybe not. I'm so confused.

Imagine being a singer. You're an entertainer, for heaven's sake. You sing for your supper. What sort of massive panic would overcome you, to open your mouth and hear nothing? May we writers get some compassion here?

I'm NOT thinking, Einstein!  This is the problem!
I'm NOT thinking, Einstein! This is the problem!
Somebody out there.....anybody.....can you hear me?  Help!
Somebody out there.....anybody.....can you hear me? Help!

So, What's next?

To be honest, I have had a few a-HA moments, but quickly dashed them for one reason or another. Reasons of course, that I could justify. Basically, my mind, in terms of what to write about, is a blank....the lights are out.....the electrodes are not firing.....I've blown a fuse.

It's time I stop stressing. There's no need to panic and I surely should not obsess. I"ll stand tall, hold my head high, go forward and up. Then, fall to my knees and beg for inspiration.

You see, I've come to trust myself and I feel that fellow writers can offer encouraging advice.

Although I do not as yet write to live, I do live to write. I needn't explain this addiction to fellow-writers who share my passion. And we freely admit that it is an unrelenting passion.

Perhaps I'll wake in the morning duly inspired, calmly enlightened and flowing over with ideas. This is my wish....and humbly, I assume the need to make it happen..These situations call for the strength and courage to do battle .....even if within ourselves.

I'll confess that excellent ideas have come to me out of the blue and I will quickly jot them down. Writer's block is such a complex state of mind. We know when it's got hold of us yet can't seem to understand how it happens. I firmly believe we become much too caught up in the frenzy and only make matters worse. Do you ever find this to be the case when you're lost at the dead end of creativity? Are we cursed? Is this a normal issue? So many questions. The answers don't ever seem to be as important than simply breaking through the wall.

I recently read an impassioned rant by a brilliant Poet-friend who tried to explain his current state of blank slate. He cried that his muse had left him a while ago and not returned. As a fellow writer, I felt his pain and so wanted to help. Of course I gave it my best shot and sent him words of encouragement, but the truth is, I doubt I helped much at all.

Writer's block is a lonely place, I tell you. Allow me to my repeat myself. We each suffer in individual ways for different reasons. What may woo one's muse to court us once again, may not work at all for the next desperate writer. Alas, tis quite the dilemma. Help.


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The teacher sparks the interest.  Students show enthusiasm & use their creativity.
The teacher sparks the interest. Students show enthusiasm & use their creativity.

Captivating your audience

The fruits of one's labor are many and varied and ready to be plucked. The harvest is what we work with to present the gifts of knowledge, entertainment and value to others.

Consider the teacher who must create a daily study plan and make the classroom come alive. They must have the tools, material and imagination to inspire their students to learn. From the preparation of ideas comes the best reception. Reaching the point of being well-satisfied with results is what it's all about.

This requires thought and time and the freedom to create something new and different every day. The teacher who can do this well, and stimulate his/her student's appetite to learn, is a teacher who succeeds via the achievements of his students. The development and growth of bright young minds become the world's rewards.

So too, the writer must prepare and create in order to offer his/her readers a place to discover a world of endless choice and possibilities.

This seems much like the pressure to perform for one's audience. Perhaps this is so to a degree but the reality simply is, it's the writer's love and longing to connect with his readers....to reach out and touch them and move them.......and.to feel that they too are loved....that is truly the writer's driving force.

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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I suppose any number of ideas can be helpful and I thank you for offering some interesting advice.

Basically, I can't help but think that even the art of conversation is slowly dying in our Society. 4 people can be sitting together while each of them is communicating on a cell phone. On the other hand, if they are having a discussion, it would more than likely be about something terribly uninteresting.

I usually can pull myself through a block in a short amount of time. The best part is, after my muse has taken her little vacation, she's well-rested and and can inspire me to write a fairly profound piece of work. The difficult part is the waiting!

Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you! Hang in there!


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Jlbowden 22 months ago from Long Island, New York

Paula;

I too am suffering from writer's block as well. So really can not offer you any better advice than that monkey in your article. Who I believe besides being dumbfounded, also has his mind on a big fat yellow banana.

And even musican's like Barry Manilow may write the songs. But if he is also suffering from writer's block like you, me and whomever else in the literary world. How can a musician sing his song, if he/she is lost for the song lyrics to write and sing their songs from - make sense? No words - no songs!

I can think of one suggestion though to help you overcome your temporary loss for words. And that is go to the local mall, or even starbucks. Sit near a small group of people and jot down a few things of what they are conveying in their conversations among one another.

I'm sure you will be able to come up with a few good topics to help you break the ice, from these peoples so called round table conversations. This may be calso called eavesdropping! But no one but you really has to know about it accept you.

So hopefully this simple suggestion, like that walk in the park you also touched upon in the article, will help you find your invisible keyboard! By the way great article to help break up the winter madness. Voted two thumbs up and a great read to add!

All the best!,

Jl - AKA - (Keiffer).


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Catherine &

Lady G

It seems to be a mystery, but when you're brimming over with ideas, it's difficult to keep up. I have a feeling for my frequent blocks, it's my awareness that I've so much to get done in my "other" life (away from writing)......the realistic me continually tries to keep me on course.

I keep thinking once I get my immediate projects out of the way, all blocks will disappear & I'll be writing non-stop!!

Thanks so much for your input....

Lady G.......LOL...that's the job of a husband~ "being one big distraction!!" LOL


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Yet, I have been for a few days now. I started three hubs but only got to the second sentence and then nothing. It is as if all my ideas that I had prior to sitting down to write vanished like smoke. Maybe I can get something out of one of them today...who knows? My husband is home all day and he is one big distraction.


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CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

since I started HubPages, I've not had writers block. Just the opposite. I'm so frustrated that I can't write all of my ideas at once. I only have time for every other day or so, and it feels like my ideas are noisy children all clamoring for my attention Pick me! Pick me! Voted up.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sunshyne......Since I published this hub so long ago, in all honesty, I've suffered the dreaded block far too often. The conclusion I am arrived at of late is that I've created a monster who thinks he's the right to bully me into a corner. This calls for action and I afraid it must be kick- started by simple anger. Enough. is enough. I'll fight this block until I've broken through, come hell or high water.

I sincerely thank you all for your motivation and for believing inme!


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Sunshyne1975 22 months ago from California, US

Such an amazing hub, and lots of inspiration. Thank you for sharing.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL!......Well, I certainly have known of many who have done just that, considering the positions they hold that they have utterly Zero qualifications and/or background to hold!

In this case.....they'd have to live in California...and visit Headquarters (pun?) daily, to even get under the desk! LOL

Thank you for the encouraging words. I cared and cried for so long, it's no longer anything I care about. Most people who continue to preach that "It means NOTHING and simply doesn't matter," have never taken the disastrous & unfair nose dive from 100 and high nineties......to 80's or worse. I liken it to a woman who has devoted her life to her husband and family, made his life sweet & comfortable for 25 years, only to be abruptly replaced by a brainless, young sex pot who soothes his ego and other body parts!

Once again....I appreciate you.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Well, somebody must have read my rant because my hubber score actually raised a point today. Probably in preparation for dropping 2-3 points tomorrow. I remember when it was a 96-97, so IMO it's still in the basement -- second level basement.

Yes, I am aware that your hubber score is even lower than mine, but it shouldn't be. You have some amazing excellent hubs here and you deserve a much higher hubber score.

Hubber scores should not be visible to the public. I know it makes a difference even to other hubbers even if they say it doesn't or try not to let it. A low hubber score takes credibility away from the author just as surly as bad grammar and poor sentence structure does.

The crumbs are so little that you would think they could at least, as you say, show some respect and appreciation. Playing mind games doesn't do that. Even if a person tries to ignore the fluctuating hubber and hub scores the subconscious doesn't. It doesn't ignore anything. Readers don't ignore that hubber score either and we lose possible readers and followers as a result.

People who have been here only a few weeks have hubber scores in the mid/upper 90s. I'm beginning to think some of them do their best work under the desk . . .


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

C.E......Before responding.....I thanked you with a STANDING OVATION. You speak not only the absolute truth, but you speak for a great deal of our fellow writers.

This brings to focus what I repeat ad-nauseum......"Someone NEEDS to be honest and courageous enough to SAY what everyone else is thinking but apparently have misplaced their spine."

Yes, it is disillusioning....it is frustrating and often cruel (due to the total lack of exchange)

I have, more than once, made it quite clear that my allegiance here is to our Community and of course to my passion for writing.

I adamantly refuse to accept the "pass the buck to google" lame excuse.

Case in point: As a Supervisor for a huge Corporate entity during my employment career, I and my entire staff took our beatings & admonishments and obediently followed the rules and regs handed down from the Ivory Tower......as we struggled in the trenches. Often it was unbearable. HOWEVER, I tried daily to deflect it all and divert the exasperation by building up morale and reminding everyone how productive and appreciated they were. This was important enough to me to nearly wear myself out, coming up with new and better incentives. I would be damned if I would allow our daily loyalty to our job, to be ripped apart and thrown at us by a group of billionaires who saw us as numbers.....making NUMBERS for them.

Human beings who put their all into anything.....deserve to be treated with respect, gratitude and recognition. Period, the end.

I appreciate you more than I am able to say..............


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

So sorry to have to tell you that I have never in my memory had what you describe here as writer's block. I have lists and lists of things I could write about and not nearly enough time to get it all done.

Sometimes I really don't feel like writing. Right this minute I have 4 hubs sitting on my account waiting to be clicked live. I know why I don't feel like writing. I know why I don't feel like clicking anything live. In fact, I often feel like deleting everything on my account and taking it elsewhere.

You see, I come to this site and sometimes things are relatively fine and other times I get this huge fist square in the face. After that I don't feel like doing much on this site or anywhere else.

Where did the people who run this site get the idea that beating people down over and over again will inspire them to write or do anything on this site? I didn't learn that in my psychology studies. Where did they get that brilliant idea.

Yes, HP apparently believes if they lower our hub scores and hubber score we will put on our tinfoil hats and know exactly what they want from us without their ever so much as murmuring a syllable. What fun this game is for them with fewer clues than a bad game of charades.

Imagine going to a job where you had to enter a lobby where people from many different offices and their customers also entered. From there you go into your office complex and right beside the door is the BIG BOSS's office. The boss is 6'6" tall and his hands are as big as extra large dinner plates.

Some mornings when you get to work the boss has a smile on his face and calls a cheerful good morning to you as you pass his open-doored office on your way to your desk. But every once in a while, for no reason you can think of (and he's not telling), he's standing right there by the door and before you can say good morning, there comes that huge ham sized fist right square into your face that you worked so hard to get the makeup on just right a little while before.

Your nose is broken and bloody, your face is all black and blue and swollen, and if that's not enough, he's pinned a note, a BIG note, right next to your picture and posted both of them on the bulletin board outside in the main lobby that everyone must go through to get anywhere inside the building.

Everyone sees you picture and the notice proclaiming that you got a fist in the face from the BIG BOSS, and no one wants you around them because the boss doesn't like you. He dislikes you so much he slammed you a good one in the face, no warning, and now he's crowing about it to the world by posting it on an international bulletin board. Bet that would make you look forward to going to work every day, eh?

Maybe you'd even come through that door by the boss's office a few extra times just for the pleasure of getting that fist in the face and being publicly shamed -- for why? The boss needs a little entertainment? He's bored? He does it just because he can? The boss has a sadistic sense of humor?

Yup, and for a while, every time you go though that door, there's that fist again and it's heading straight for your face, and it never misses. Oh, you are not alone, if that's any comfort. Some of your coworkers get that same fist too, along with the public shaming on the bulletin board.

Now, answer honestly, do you really and truly come here to write hoping and praying your hubber score will be at least one point lower than the day before? Doesn't that just break your writer's block into a million pieces and get you writing like your life depends on it? And not just garbage to be able to say you're writing, but Nobel Prize winning writing flows from your keyboard, getting better and better as your scores continue to plummet for no obvious reason.

If they really believe lowering our hubber score inspires us to write and inspires our perspective readers to read our stuff, why don't they give us all huge zeros to get us writing and bring in more readers?

I do not have writer's block. But for those people who do, this piece should be helpful. You have some great ideas and well written. :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jlbowden....I appreciate the time and thought you took to share this great advice to me.... I know you are right. It's just that the "block" never fails to frustrate writers. I think we have to learn not to panic.....and just relax, with the assurance that "blocks," do pass. Thanks for stopping by!


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Jlbowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

You're definitely not alone when it comes to writers block. And it's not all in your head either, even though literally speaking it is! LoL. Remember all the great writer's like Hemingway, had this common ill, called writer's block, that restrained many of us writer's, even the ones here on hubpages, from producing their best work later than sooner.

And yes me, you and even Hemingway too! Stared many an hour I'm sure of it, at their silent keyboards, with a seemingly blank expression upon their faces as they stared out of many windows in bewilderment.. So see you are not alone when it comes to a writer's worse foe.

This is a good example to remind all of us writer's that we are human & not machines or even computers. Any advice for a fellow writer You ask of your colleagues. My advice to you....Keep on doing what you do best in our community. And that is keep on writing, and when a good idea or 2 pops into your head.

Make sure you have your literary notebook, or journal on your person all the time. To jot down those thoughts and ideas, that would have otherwise been gobbled up by that old foe - writer's block. Even better yet...carry a mini- cassette recorder in your purse with you, to record all of your writing related thoughts.

No matter if you're taking a walk in the woods, or riding on the escalator, in some busy department store. Thanks for an awesome read and couldn't help to give your article 2 thumbs up! Happy writing to you.

Jl


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DDE....I know the feeling of being suspended and how we struggle to understand and push through the block. Of all the wonderful suggestions, passed on from fellow-writers....I find the best idea for me, is to sit quietly and calmly.....and simply write my thoughts, at random, on paper. As they flow, just write. In this ease and comfort, we free our mind of stress & pressure. Soon, our muse returns. Good Luck


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I can't seem to get around writing lately just stopped like I can't do it anymore, I feel I have had enough of writing the kind of days which I can't focus on my writing but have to get out of that state of mind great hub


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Levertis......LOL....This is wonderfully amuzing! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am going to try this asap! I'll show "Blocker" just who is boss!


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

The brain speaks. It says, "I am tired," "Take a nap," "Take a vacation," or "Take time off and pamper your patient spouse, yourself, or the kids."

When I feel no reason to have writer’s block, I write about how it makes me feel. I treat it like a menace, a person, and tell it what I want it do to make my life more comfortable. I tell it where to go, but I always suggest nice places like "jail." This is an example of what I write:

Why do I have you, Writer's Block? Why did you come into my life uninvited? How rude! Do I bother you? No! But here you come like a cat on the prowl seeking a willing writer only to steal her every word and choke her thoughts as if to end the flow. You don't know me! You don't know me, Blocker! I will not be defeated. I declare war, and I will win. Lay on, my foe!

By this time I find myself amused and, hopefully, ready to write. The laughter relaxes me. If I still have writer's block, I will continue by possibly suggesting long vacation spots for Mr. Block. No matter how silly, redundant, or empty my writing is, I tell myself, "I am writing!" Then I write, "I am writing!" If this fails, I revisit my brain.

Nice hub, fpherj48!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

B2C...Hello! Is there anything that we can't conquer, with a will and a way? How are you?


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC

Well Paula,

You've obviously conquered it here! Glad you are well!

Best regards,

Bruce


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dzy....You're creative! Most great writer's are! Thanks.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

P.S. I was still thinking about this, and made up a new exercise--make a poem from/about your grocery list...to that end, I tried doing just that, and published it as, 'Grocery Shopping: A Poem.' It's crazy, silly not good poetry--maybe not even good as doggerel...but illustrates the point. ;-)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mary615....Always good to hear from you. Keep writing....it amazes me how trudging onward, pays off.....we get better and more confident!....Peace.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Ya you are right! like everyone, I too hibernated for a while and I think that is healthy too.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dzy......Yes, this is an older hub....however, as you may agree...."Block" happens at any given time. Presently, I have been more "off" HP than "On," but it has nothing to do with writer's block. I plan to return full-time......or should I be really honest and say "OVER" time.....fairly soon. I've been on a sort of sabbatical.....

Your ideas are positively great....very inspiring......probably some of the best I've heard. Thank you Dzy......I appreciate you!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

I know the pain; I've been there; we all have.

My solution may not, as you've pointed out, work for you...but I offer it anyway, just in case.

When I'm 'stuck' and can't seem to write, I usually find it's because I'm trying too hard to write something sensible, clever or both. So, what I do instead, is to just write--ANYTHING at all--stupid, clever, nonsensical, whatever..just start writing...about? About anything. Journal...start with a private journal, and complain long and loudly to your journal of your woes. Write a diary of every silly, stupid inconsequential thing you did that day...from picking a piece of lint from the carpet to reading a book to cooking dinner...don't forget to include all the ingredients!

Think of the time (we all have some such story) that someone cheated you, whether it was back in grade school, or a shyster car dealer. Write a scathing letter telling them just what you think. Use all the "colorful" language you want. Of course, you'll never mail this--it's really another journaling exercise.

Write down an argument or stupid conversation you overheard in line at the store. Build a backstory around it...what brought those characters to that point? It can be as stupid and unrealistic as you want. The point is not to make sense, but to get words flowing.

(And as I write this, I notice it's an older hub of yours...so maybe you no longer need the advice... ;-) Just thought I'd throw in my 2-cents worth, for what they buy for me....)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Happy Birthday, and let me say it's so nice to have you back with us. I know what you have been through. I've been there, too.

BTW: I did finish a Hub today, now editing and will "hit the button" tomorrow. I can't honestly say it is "the perfect one", but at least I finished it.

My love and best wishes.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh MY! All of these super ideas and comments and sharing.....it sure is good to hear from my hub-buddies again. I've missed you all so much...

Mary.....This is a far stretch....but, writer's block is such a mysterious thing and seems to be different for each writer. You can TRY it all, including banging your head on a wall (I tried that....when they released from the hospital, I had the perfect hub in mind) but, in hindsight, it seemed to me that we may use the "good man" analogy here. When we're frantically hoping to meet that special guy...he is nowhere to be found......and when we least expect it....POOF, there's your Prince. This is certainly not profound...but it IS sensible....LOL

Les....oh yes, girl, I am hangin.....being a big girl, one foot in front of the other......which for someone as clumsy as I am....is a miracle!! LOL

Ruchira.....Honey girl...if you are "stumbling on a block".....you need to ask your husband to get it out of the driveway!! Just kidding, my dear friend....Thanks for another visit...so good to see your smiling face.

Linda Sue...I was wondering when you were going to wish me a Happy Birthday!!??.....omg....you slay me.

Most things that seem "out there," are the solutions to a lot of stumbling Blocks in life.....you have a very good way of rationalizing. Maybe we just get too hyper about writing, more than our minds want us to? LOL

Grace.....Thank you so much for the advice and the compliment. I appreciate both. Have a wonderful evening!

LOVE you all.


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Grace-Wolf-30 3 years ago from England

Meditation helps. Looking into yourself to find the answers. Lovely hub


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Interesting hub. This is what I have found. All my life I have had periods of what I call ebb and flow where I would write for a few weeks or months, then stop for the same period of time. I always said "Oh I need inspiration." I have found very recently that during that time, I was just busy doing other things or just lazy. Now I realize that if I work on my writing each day, even if all I do is promote it or read works from other writers, that ideas will automatically pop into my head and I write on a more consistent basis.

I have a poet/songwriter friend who once told me, "become the object." In other words, no matter what you are doing even if you are sitting at your computer having coffee, become that coffee cup and write from the perspective of the cup :) I know that sounds a little out there, but it does work.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Birthday Effer!!!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

I stumble upon this block once in a while :) Thanks MAry for sharing.

Happy birthday Paula :)


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Thinking of you my friend! Hope you are hanging in there...


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I enjoyed reading this. I am going through this problem right now. I keep waiting for some sort of inspriation for "the perfect Hub" and it just isn't coming to me.

Voted up and will share.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

That is a pretty good suggestion, Alocsin. Although I went through this a while ago, when I wrote this.....I do seem to have to deal with the block issue more often than not....and it is so frustrating. Getting uptight about it, though, really only makes it worse!....


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Sorry to hear you're experiencing this. When I was a professional technical writer, I wasn't allowed to have writer's block because that was the equivalent of going to sleep on the job. It was useful to have several writing tasks on a list, so that if something prevented me from completing one task -- I could proceed to another, and then go back to the blocked task. Maybe that will help. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Louisa....So nice to meet you. (Thank you, bill).....and I truly appreciate your helpful suggestions. I go in and out of block all the time. I've learned a few tricks here and there......so I believe eventually, I'll find my own secret to dealing with it.

I changed my profile long ago. In fact, it's probably time I edit it again.

I hope you will visit again. I am happy to travel over to your site....so I'll be commenting soon! You have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Hi Paula, I found you via Billybuc. You seem to have overcome your writers' block since you have published several hubs since! But here are some ideas, in case. You've just changed your profile-- that could be food for material. Something was no longer current-- what shifted? I love to hear about changes in a person's life, or in how they see themselves. I love to hear about mistakes people made (!) and how they live with them... it helps me live with my own! I like reading about things that arouse people's emotions-- what make them mad, sad, embarrassed, scared. This brings a person alive to me. Anyway, if you ever go through another writers block, maybe these will trigger some ideas. Happy Thanksgiving!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vinaya...thank you stopping by. I know there are many ways to get over block.....and we just have to find what works for us. Thanks for the advice........


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I try to overcome writer's block by doing things other than writing.

Thanks of sharing this soul searching reflections.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

barbergirl.....Very nice of you to share all this enlightenment with us. I believe you have really valid points....It may be a different issue for every one. I can't be positive...but trying to feel my way through a block (the most recent one).....I had just come off of 3 days in a row of READING HUBS BY FELLOW-HUBBERS. For some strange reason, I went immediately into a full block.

I definitely agree with your impression of how this happened to you. If we try to analyze, we can usually find the cause......the cure is next!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I was feeling this way not to long ago and I came to the realization that it was caused by the stress. Suddenly, I felt the pressure to be "earning" a very meager paycheck. When I decided to stay home with the kids, it was with an emphasis to get my writing some time to bloom. I had already started writing online before I stopped working at the Barbershop. However, pulling a full-time job and trying to manage a house made it nearly impossible to get much writing time in. After all, i had a family to take care of. So, two years later, I am doing it, I am writing full-time (ok - really more like when I want to because I am a full-time mom!)

Then, I started hitting payout. Most people would think - that is great. But what I thought was - alright... I am making "X" amount of money. So, if I can keep this up, I will be able to pay this bill off... I will be able to pay for our trip home for Christmas. I got stressed and started writing because I wanted the money. Then the writing stopped. I couldn't write anything. So I opened up a blog and suddenly I felt I could write again. It really is amazing how a change of perspective really helps the creativity flow!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Suzie...Oh, yes, the BLOCK comes and goes.....You humble me with your kind words, my pretty Irish lass......Thank you.

You can never be late for one of my parties....we're open 24/7!! Peace!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

One leg longer than the other as the Irish say.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry. Thank you for the up-date on your Mom. Please give her my best and take care of her until she gets all better!! She may want to have a little "chat," with her so-called Doctor?? Mom's uneven now? Not good!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Howdy! Just here to say that mom's back and almost ready to start writing. She had a total hip replacement, and while that didn't affect her fingers, it has made it difficult to sit down for any length of time. When she got all done with it she discovered that if she stands on one leg she's 5' 6 3/4" and on the other she's 5' 8". Gotta love doctors. They're deluded into thinking that this __________________________________________ is six inches.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Your advice makes perfect sense, Audry! I'll add it to my list of suggestions.......I'm beginning to think that writer's block is like a cold.....need to run it's course!!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

We probably all know this experience well and have our own ways in dealing with it--thank goodness it passes--thinking around the periphery of things helps me change my perspective--if this makes any sense at all--mostly--just de-stress--

Best to you


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Paula,

Sorry I'm a wee bit late to the party here!! It seems you have definitely cleared that "blockage" as I have read your work since this was published! You are a gifted talented writer I'm inspired by, as a new writer to the scene. I have had many blocks or even over thinking at times on what to write about! I find writing a list of possible titles in a word doc good and go back to it constantly.

If you look to your passions you will find the words easily - I have every bit of Irish faith in you!!

Great read, voted and shared!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

tru.......there are a lot of ways out.....from writer's block. I just have to be motivated to do the work.....I just read an excellent hub on how and where to get ideas....written by Millionaire Tips. Thank you for your support!


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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

Writer's block is frustrating. However a good book, movie or music can stimulate me, but sometimes weeks later.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

We can't help but get a little "backed-up," now and then. Sharyn, I've been going in and out of "block" for so long now, I feel like a yo-yo! It's not wise, I know, to stress over it....but it's difficult not to!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

My dear Paula,

Gosh, I'm so bad with being behind in my reading, and therefore I tend to not show up until the party is over. I hope since this writing that you have been enlightened and found tons of enthusiasm. I'm afraid I can't be of much help. I'm stuck in a hole and can't get out. I've been buzzing the alarm but no one listens :(


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I was going to say - you must have found a cure because it looks like I am behind already:) lol

I think when I am stressed I suffer through brief periods of "what the heck next?" and I will be doing something and an idea will come to mind when I am not even concentrating on 'that' ... you know:) lol

Up+++++++


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much.....I'm afraid I tend to think YOU just have the GIFT......and need very little to show it and share it. Your suggestions are really interesting as well as sensible.......different than any of the others......just like you. LOL

P.S.....since writing this, I've been in and out of block twice.....like a repeat offender gets locked up every 6 months!.........Take care.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Paula,

Writer's Block. I wrote a short story in like 4th grade that was roundly ridiculed by my peers and I subsequently put down my pen for the next 40 years. I knew I had to write something but had no clue what it should be and so I wrote nothing. And still...the nagging feeling that I SHOULD write something...kept up what it does best...nags. Then I found Hubpages...

After each story I wonder what the next one will be about and fret the fact that the well appears to be dry...then...something, something triggers something else and I manage to cobble together a few thousand words and the process repeats. I once found inspiration when my roommate declared that, "I don't like leaving meat in a car." It seemed so self-evident that I ran with it...lol!

If it helps, I also discovered that if you look at something...then turn it upside down (or inside out) you get an idea that hasn't been touched all that much and it gives you a spin that sparks those creative juices. Sometimes (in fact...a lot of times) I just get a title and once I have that I write until I've satisfied the title.

Mind...from a Google perspective...it ain't a good title. As an example...how many folks are randomly Googling "I don't like leaving Meat in a car"? Pfft...judging from the Zzz's by that one...not too many. (sigh).

Bust through that wall my friend!

Thomas


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vee.....Hi there cutey. Well, I got through the big block after about 2 weeks solid.....and wrote my "Talk Therapist" hub.....and I thought I was in good shape.....but, it happened again. Your idea is great.....and worth giving it a try. Today, I've been trying to break through a block by READING, reading reading hubs....leaving comments, answering questions.......I'll live, I guess, but it is SOOO annoying!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I've been missing you, Effer, so I thought I'd come by. I love this hub and voted you all over the place. Sometimes when I just can't write, I get my journal out and start scribbling whatever comes into my brain into my pen onto the paper. It helps free my mind a bit.

If that doesn't work, a glass or two of wine sure will! :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LordPikachu......That's a useful idea....thank you......I do think I've come out of my fog! It was a close call! Phew!!!


LordPikachu 4 years ago

I didn't get done all the comments, but I agree that writer's block is awful.. almost contagious jk, and usually I'm so prolific. I haven't had any WB (for short...lol) recently but to cure it I usually just write about inane stuff, and I discover an interesting topic during the excursion into the inane part of my imagination. Well, I hope you free yourself from these entrapping shackles soon.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria.....Thanks! You're a pal. ......in addition to being correct! I have come out of my fog.....for the moment, anyway. Published a hub yesterday. I think I may have just hit my pause button.......I don't know. Hell....at my age, I'm thrilled when my brain works in sync with my feet! Love ya!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I wanted to block out some time to read this...

Ebb and flow, dear Paula... just people watch and BAM... you're off and writing. Voted UP and AB. Love, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I know, Perry and it's really sweet of him. I love him too...a whole bunch!!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Well, that is his way of telling you he loves you. He is providing for you. It's like the three kinds bringing gifts to the savior: gold, frankincense and fur.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well then, My Tommy needs to advance because he presents me a baby mouse a day...at least!!....sometimes a bird! I hate to scold him. He's so damned proud of himself.


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Oh F- Mice are so... Middle Ages... we chase lasers now.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well, Til...yes, me...however, I did snap out of it and published a hub today.......not a funny......rather serious, in fact. You are one of my best champions......what would I do without you? There! There's a Hub! What Would I Do Without YOU?............thanks, GF. everyone should have at least one friend as sweet as you!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

GF, writer's block? Really? You? Have you looked under your bed lately? How about under your car seats? What lurks in your basement or attic? If your mind has disappeared remember whatever is lost must be found!!

You are one of the best writers with the best sense of humor ever! You can't tell me nothing has happened in your life lately that would make US laugh, I know you too well.

New shoes, new clothes, old hat? We're waiting with love and patience.

Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting...since it touches us all.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tammy.....Me too! Most people (especially women) have a psychic ability, but they ignore it or just don't use it properly. It has to be nurtured and maintained!! Yes, please write that hub.

I published a new hub today!! Free at last!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry....well then...get busy writing that hub! Quit chasing mice!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Not psychic, but close. :) One day I will write a hub about it. I am glad you found a helpful subject.


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

F- You have a point. I sleep a lot, and eat then nap. But still, doing creativity exercises helps. I may have to do a hub on different ways to jump start creative thought.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sis...You are a sweetheart. You must be a professional cheerleader! Thank you for your kind encouragement......Confession: when I'm at this spot.....my infamous "sense of humor" is not only blocked...it's comatose........But, I did get started last night and wrote until I became sleepy...then I figured I'd better not push it.....Getting back to work now.

Thanks again! You're a P A L !!!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

fpherj48 -- as a reader who never tires of your wonderful attitude and sense of humor (one of the rarest gifts on the planet) -- how about some more wonderful, humorous life experiences. It's a fact, those of us who see things a bit differently always have a big stash of funny happenings in our lives justs waiting to be enjoyed by everyone (I have to pick and choose as some of mine would get me declared certifiable!) I found this Hub to be exceptional -- so there -- you're already back on track! Best/Sis


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tammy! You have just spooked me out, girl! I actually got goose bumps when I read your suggestion, "a painful loyalty you have maintained."

Just before sitting down at my computer, I was thinking I should write about a long time friend I had insisted on being loyal to through the years, despite knowing how very toxic she is and unwilling to come out of denial!! WoW! Are you psychic?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry......I'm sure it's much easier for a cat to come up with ideas......I mean, you really don't have all that much on your mind to distract you, do you? Thanks, Perry. You're a Pal.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I am sorry you have writer's block Fpherj. All your hubs are so unique. If I didn't write about crafts I wouldn't have half my content. You could do 100 writing prompts for anyone with writers block. Here are some for you and your readers:

-The last day of your first job or the first day of your last job.

- A painful loyalty you have maintained.

- The last time you went to church and what brought you there.

-Halloween is coming up. Though it is an American holiday, it is googled 24,900,000 times every month! 5 million people are searching for costumes.

Another trick for writer's block is to pick up a pen and write on paper rather than a computer. Hope this helps and you will be back to writing awesome hubs soon! Don't worry or overthink it. You may be an oyster making a pearl.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sunshine......OK....that puts it simple and point blank.....You might want to send that phrase in to some billion Dollar company.....I don't know....maybe Nike?

Jools99....Yes... Sunshine rescues someone at least once a day......and I'm sure you do as well!! You've rescued your readers several times from feeling down and out....All they need to do is read one of your Fabulous hubs!!

Nell Rose......"Brain Drain,"....good one! We can only hope that our brain is having one hell of a time on "vacation," while we are stuck here....just babbling!! Thanks Nell!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Stephen King said, (and I paraphrase) There's no such thing as writer's block. A writer just has to sit down and start writing like any other job.

Unfortunately or fortunately, I seem to have a wellspring of ideas at any given time and have begun writing them in a tiny Composition Book to keep track. I'm getting too old to remember them. If I feel at a loss for inspiration, or at a lag, I try putting unrelated ideas together. Say undersea travel and invalids or trees growing in the air. Then I break down the steps it would take to make this a reality. It's actually quite a good exercise for your brain and you will generate ideas you never dreamed of.

If you have trouble finding ideas to think about, write down words and put them in a "thinking jar". Then when you want a new idea you take out two or three and make them fit together, then break them down. It works, really.

Pizza cutter airplanes: go!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

lol! oh how completely true! my brain decides to take a vacation and that's that! the trouble is, I can pick up a huge book, open it to any page and it still bores me silly! I have to have a bit of interest in something otherwise my brain goes, nah, no, sorry go back to sleep! I would love to be able to write every day, but no, I call it brain drain! haha! still, you got this hub out, so yeah! good luck on the next!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Trust Sunshine to come to the rescue :o) x


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

"Just Do It" :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Keeping in mind that I will be watched and monitored for the next few days....I'm on my best behavior....my must-write-mode!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm looking forward to your hub my Effer J.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sunshine...Have I ever told you that you are an incredibly adorable, but "sneaky little devil?" Thanks for the suggestion.....I may write on that topic! Sounds interesting.

Vincent......How sweet of you to offer valuable advice. Quite honestly, I'm already becoming "inspired," just reading what my hub-friends have to say!! Thank you


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Well, being first and foremost a poet. I to have those sleepless nights of not knowing when my inkwell will run dry. However I give my mind a rest for a day or two and then I am recharged to scribe once again. Every day events that surround me inspire me to think. It's the thinking process for most of us that seems to strip gears once in a while. If we think to hard about writing then writing will slow down. I suggest you take time to smell the roses and like Billy has suggested write about your events, travels, visits, dreams, work, catholic school, hmmmm that could be quite naughty and interesting. I've often wondered about those nuns not getting none. LoL Now wake up and get writing, you have a very creative mind. Hugs


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Faith started kindergarten today. My granddaughter is growing up too quickly. You've been there and done that many times. She goes to kindergarten all day. In Florida we don't have 1/2 day or every other day. We are the real deal. We go in with gusto. They have computers and smart boards. Some kids have cell phones! Yes, Faith wants one. How has the school system changed in your area since you were a student to now when your grandchildren are students? Just wondering...


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jools.....I have a knack for answering my own questions.......probably why I get a lot of stares and funny looks. I'm sure onlookers think I'm an escaped lunatic, talking to herself and void of her meds.....Thank you. Sometimes the reconfirmation from a trusted peer is all we need!!!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Paula, you answered your own question in your comment to Bill - you are trying too hard to come up with something different. I know how you feel. It's so frustrating isn't it? And yet what Bill suggests will at least get your head in a different place - write a hub about your favourite album, song, movie, book, your hometown etc etc. Don't worry about it being 'different', just imagine we're having a coffee and you're enthusing to me about this book you just read. You can't fake enthusiasm and that's what comes across in all of your other hubs so just let go..... :o) Good Luck and this hub was very good!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

GlimmerTwin.....Yes, that's what I need....something to hit me in the face! but gently. I've had some hubs hanging around unfinished too, but not at the moment......but you did give me an idea......at least I can START a hub and see how far I get with it!!! Thanks!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

bill...I knew you'd offer a noodle or two....does this EVER happen to you? By the rate at which you publish, it appears you never experience the dreaded "BLOCK."

Any idiotic happenings and stupid gov't leaders in my town??? Oh, you HAVE been here, you devil, you!!

My core issue hit me this morning.....I'm trying too hard to come up with something "different"...something that hasn't been done before......ridiculous, right?? Thanks bill.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ryem...Thanks for your input. Yes, it does suck! My hubby tells me I "over-analyze," and I shouldn't. "Well, yeah, that's a BIG help, huh?"lol


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ruchira....Thank you, GF! So nice of you to cheer me on. This is such a strange thing, this "block." I think I'm coming out of it, little by little.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

I have this notebook with about 3 pages of topics that come to me whenever...Sometimes I revisit it, but I can't think of anything to write about, then, an idea will hit me in the face and I am good to go. I also have hubs that are half written and I am stuck on them. With time it seems like things start flowing again. Interesting hub.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my dear, I would love to know about the town you live in....or a picture tour of that lovely property you live on...do you have a garden? a poem about your thoughts along the creek.....funny childhood memories....got down and dirty with a diddy about Catholic school.....any idiotic happenings in the area you live....stupid government leaders in your town....I'm just tossing out noodles to see if they stick.

Whatever you come up with, I look forward to it.

bill


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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

Writer's block sucks!

I have times where I know there's something I want to write, but the words just aren't flowing the way they should. Luckily, it never lasts too long. Great hub! voted up


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Paula, Good to see ya, my friend!

Awareness around you is the key to melt the writer's block. There is so much happening around us...politics, entertainment, public in the park or on the roads and their gestures that make us ponder on various issues that relate to us. You are a smart woman and I am sure you will create something soon...your hubs so far have been so entertaining yet touched a chord of a heart...thus, you have it and it's just taking a vacation :))

Good luck!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

True Tex....We are on our own time and there is no outside pressure, so to speak......but I've been so frustrated on this "writer's holiday?".....Bad enough I've tried to make up for lost time when having all the tech issues.

It's just making me feel useless and lazy. Like I said, I'm sure I'm putting far too much effort into this. It will probably end as quickly as it began.......sort of like some Hollywood marriages.......Thanks


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texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

Interesting take on this. I would prefer to call it a "writer's holiday" and get off my own back. Luckily, I work full time and don't have the time to think too much about being on a deadline. If I was under a deadline and pressure, that would be more difficult.

PTxS


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

A vacation to California> Well, good for you. Have a wonderful time. You'll come back refreshed, I'm sure.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Now you know exactly what my brain is up too, a big fat nothing and this has been going for far too long. I think I know why because we have been out Nevada since we moved here 6 years ago. However, there is a slight promise of a vacation in N. California. Yippee fingers crossed.

Voted up useful and interesting, Joyce.

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