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How To Defeat Writer's Block Once and For All

Updated on October 11, 2013

There Is No Cure


It’s amazing to me at times the number of writers who say they have writer’s block. There seems to be an epidemic of late, and my heart goes out to all of you. You love to write but you have a thousand pound gorilla squeezing your head and not an intelligent thought can escape. It must be painful indeed.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for writer’s block. There is no magical elixir that will instantly free your mind and allow your creative juices to flow. There are, however, some little tricks you might try the next time that gorilla comes a’calling. Try the following on for size and see if they help.

What do you see in this picture? Use this prompt to write a reflective piece.
What do you see in this picture? Use this prompt to write a reflective piece. | Source
Let nature inspire you
Let nature inspire you | Source

CARRY A NOTEBOOK

I learned this lesson sixteen years ago and I still believe in it. Wherever I go I have a notebook and my digital camera with me. I am an observer and I believe most writers are as well. We watch life. We are the eyes, ears and nose of the Arts. We observe, we experience and we relate those sensations through our words.

Life is all around us, but when our brains are in shut-down mode it is hard to see life. That’s why I have my notebook. I might see a particularly odd looking person while at the grocery store (certainly at WalMart). I jot down a note about that person. I might see a beautiful tree or a lovely newborn fawn, and I snap their picture. I never know what is going to free up my brain and allow me to write, so I make sure I am ready when inspiration arrives.

LET THE MUSIC FLOW THROUGH YOU

Right now I am listening to “Sexy Sadie” by the Beatles. It is a song about disillusionment and being lied to, and that song was the impetus for my latest article on HubPages about being real in life and not living a life of lies and pretenses.

Music is like an aphrodisiac for a writer. All the arts are, really. A walk through an art museum triggers some wonderful memories for me, and music does the same. Put on some soft, tender music, or crank it up and listen to the Rolling Stones. Music has been so important to me that I can listen to an oldie and tell you exactly what I was doing at the time of that song’s release. Right there I have a reflective story.

TAKE RISKS AND CHANCES

If you want something to write about then try a new experience. Bev’s son recently started rock climbing. He is a musician and he says that the rock climbing has fueled a new enthusiasm for playing music. Makes sense to me since I know when I go out and do something I have never done before, my imagination is most definitely kick-started.

What have you always wanted to do but never did? It doesn’t have to be something huge like climbing Mt. Everest. Maybe you always wanted to take a class on cooking, or rollerskate with your five-year old. Stretch your limits and you will undoubtedly find a new story there.

Do you see the inspiration out there? It is all around you.
Do you see the inspiration out there? It is all around you. | Source

LET OTHERS DO YOUR WORK FOR YOU

In other words, read other authors, or if you prefer, steal from the competition.

I’m not real big on re-inventing the wheel, and quite frankly there are very few new things to write about. However, my perspective is always new no matter what I write about. No other writer has written about a subject in the way I will write about it. No matter how many people have written about a particular subject, you have the ability to give it new perspective.

So…..find out what others are writing about, and let them give you ideas on what to write about. Scan the internet and find out what is trending. One of my most-viewed articles is about a man named Arthur Boorman. I saw him on Yahoo, read his story about overcoming handicap, gave it a new angle and perspective and wrote a highly-successful article about hope and perseverance.

GET ANGRY

What really ticks you off? I am a firm believer in anger as a motivational tool. I’m also a believer in pain as a learning experience. J Think back to a time when you were red-faced livid. What caused it? How did you feel afterwards? What lessons did you learn? The same exercise can be used with painful experiences.

A few months ago some teenage boy flipped me off and yelled obscenities out his window at me over some parking lot disagreement. I used that experience to remember the times I had been rude to others, and there was an article about respecting each other.

ASK FOR HELP

I have no problem asking for help. How about you? Do you have someone who you respect who can give you some ideas? Bev is my go-to person whenever my brain resembles the Mohave Desert. She loves giving me ideas and then watching me create articles based on her ideas. It is a collaboration and one we do quite well.

Heck, go on Facebook and ask for ideas. You will receive more than you want in a matter of minutes, and some of them will be quite entertaining. J

There is a story here
There is a story here | Source

Listen to a pro

GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

One trip to Mt. Rainier and I’m set for a number of articles. A picnic at the beach, a walk through the woods, they all feed my writer’s soul and allow ideas to be borne. Try it out. Sitting at a computer staring at the screen will unlock nothing but frustration. Get out and listen to the birds chirp. Watch those pesky squirrels scurry across the limbs of trees, defying gravity. There is a big world out there waiting for you to get with the natural program of life.

ALLOW FOOD TO FEED YOUR WRITER’S SOUL

This technique will not only unlock hidden ideas but it tastes oh so delicious. J Go have your favorite meal and savor the exquisite tastes that await you. Our senses are all tied up in this writing gig. The mind feeds off of the input we give it, and ideas will flow if we do our part. A happy tummy gives birth to a happy mind. You can quote me on that one, but if you gain fifty pounds using this suggestion please, don’t blame me.

RUN AWAY

Get the hell away from the computer and from your daily responsibilities. Go take a mini vacation or a prolonged vacation. Whatever the time span, get out and experience life away from writing. Give your mind a chance to rest up so it can come back revitalized. Run away from writing, and then come back ready to conquer the writing world.

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Above All, You Need to Write


Who knows when the next great article or book will be born? It may be inside of you right now just waiting to break free, but it will never cast aside the chains if you don’t write.

Writers write! That is a truism that will never be outdated. This is our passion and that passion must be exercised on a regular basis. Artists paint and sculpt. Musicians play the notes. Writers write.

I wish for you a multitude of ideas. Find inspiration and then through your words give inspiration to others. We were born to do this so….let’s do it!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Love your tips and will say between writing down things as they come to me and listening to music constantly, I do find inspiration there daily. And I also loved hearing about shutting down the computer and from time-to-time, I do find that also to be helpful. Thanks for sharing as always Bill and hope you have the best weekend coming up now!!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy walking when thinking becomes free, the nature takes it all from me and gives me more of what I want to write about. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bill, I would guess that writers block for someone who writes for a living could be terrifying. The need to have something to the editor by 4:00 PM today when your brain is stuck in neutral would be agony.

      Fortunately for us casual writers, that part is a non-issue. We write when we feel like it, and don't write when no thoughts are flowing.

      As usual, you provide great advice to those many writers who occasionally experience writers block.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, as always you are a doll and I thank you for stopping by and commenting....and sharing. :) Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I agree completely. I am refreshed and energized after a lovely walk in nature. Thank you again and enjoy your weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I don't have any deadlines so I guess I'm a casual writer, although it doesn't feel like that. :) Thank you my friend. I hope your weekend is a great one in Arizona.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You may consider yourself a 'casual writer' but oh what a great casual writer you are. I hope you are going to gather all these helpful, useful, hubs about writing and put them together in a book we can all read and treasure. Your ideas seem so off the cuff but so very helpful Bill!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Bill - I'm ticked off that I can't get anyone to do the work for me! Super tips, I think I'm going to take the rest of Friday off and go do something else for a while (that doesn't involve watching CNN). I'll be listening to The Who's Quadrophenia - that usually gets my brain refocused and inspired. Thanks again for a great read!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I don't have writer's block as much as I have writer's ADD. I'll be writing an article, when all of a sudden . . . oh, look, an email! Wait, I should Google this before I forget! I wonder if Amazon carries that thing I can't live without! What's going on on Facebook? An hour later . . . oh, yeah, I was writing something.

      I never learn.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you again. Great hub to keep handy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you! An ebook is in the back of my mind but I just can't find the time...or I can balance my time....but hopefully one day soon I'll get started on it. I appreciate you, Mary. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, anyone who listens to the Who for focus is alright by me. LOL Reminds me of my college days. I don't know how I did m homework with the music blaring.

      Have a great Friday and enjoy that time off. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, it's like having breakfast with you each morning. I love it.

      My poor ADD Lizzy. LOL I do understand. I tend to bounce around if I allow myself to. I will see a new posting with a great title and I'm there in a heartbeat. It's amazing any of us get anything done. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you know I head outside for inspiration! I can't tell you how many times I wished I had remembered to grab my camera, though. Even if I just run out to the mailbox, I need to remember to do that. There's always a 'nature moment' that needs to be recorded.

      Loved all your suggestions, especially about getting away for a mini vacation. After struggling to finish our taxes on time, I could sure go for that, whether I have writer's block or not! LOL

      Excellent ideas that I Voted Up across the board, my friend ;) Pearl

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      So I'm guessing that you can't build a house with writer's block otherwise I'd be laughing.

      Great advice, inspiration and tips. Stunning scenery in pic 3.

      I did take your advice on one tip and tried to let the music flow through me but only ended up blowing the crap out of the stereo, Suzie's favorite CD and getting electrocuted. Suzie's not a happy bunny. Can I blame you Bill.

      I'm not sure if I'm cut out for this writing thingy.

      One other thing as there is always one other thing. Did I read correctly that you advocated theft. Tut, Tut, Tut, Sir Bill. Stealing someone else's work. Frankly Frank, I'm shocked. That's the sort of thing that a short little Irishman would do.

      Finally I hope that you noticed that I made no reference to the passing of the Iron Lady. We all going to go some day.

      Great hub, great tips. You and your Bev have a good weekend.

      Voted up and shared as all great hubbers should be.

      MJ.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - What a helpful and insightful hub for the dreaded writers block. Every style of writer experiences this in one form or another. Kudos to you for seeing the positive in the parking lot dispute. I always take a walk with Bella when I reach a moment of "nothing".

      I also find that slamming my head against the nearest wall helps significantly as my thoughts are focused on the throbbing pain in my head rather than the writers block.

      Sending smiles your way,

      XO and PMP

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Eric! Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, we are penciled in for a vacation in two years. Unless I suddenly become rich from my writing, that's the soonest we will be able to go on one. Sigh! Luckily we live in a beautiful state, so we can get away for an afternoon and be refreshed.

      Thank you my friend. Go get that camera and put it somewhere you will see it. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I just took the advice from one of your previous hubs and wrote an article in the first person. It is less difficult to have writer's block when reading you--you have something useful to say. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, we simply have to meet one day and laugh our asses off. I love your comments arriving, and although I shouldn't say this for fear I will encourage you, I am always sad when your comment ends. LOL

      Steal from others? You must be mistaken....I would never advocate that. :)

      I think I hear Suzie calling you. What did you do this time? :)

      Have a great one my friend and thanks as always.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I turn to you when I have questions. I am learning so much from you. I think what I'm learning most from you is to trust myself as a writer; to write from the heart. I treasure your advice and try to put every bit of it into motion. Your writing prompts help tremendously. I love the challenge of writing a piece based on a picture. It leads to short stories for me and I just love writing short stories.

      The hub I posted yesterday based on your prompt posted in Artistry with Words, happened after spending the day doing yardwork. It seems the fresh air, sore muscles and healthy sweat lubricated my creativity. As the result, I had a very productive day!

      I love you, Bill. You are the best friend a girl could ever ask for!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I hope the lump on your head has gone down by now. My God, girl, you don't have much more blood to spare, so stop with that head-slamming thing. :)

      Thank my dear and give Bella a kiss on the head for me.

      Have a great weekend, Irish.

      love,

      billy

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, another useful and interesting hub. As you know my own little gorilla has moved off back to his cave and I have your encouragement to thanks for that and also myself to thank for agreeing to stop worrying about whether what I am doing is worthwhile - as you say, what I write is my take on things; I can't make people read it or like it, I can just putit out there in the hope they do. I really enjoyed the Anne Rice video - "just write", ain't that the best advice!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Good Morning Bill. Great advice. I am finding the business part of writng

      quite draining. all the social media, self promotion, learning about ebay, amazon, seo, attribution etc to be quite the creative killer. I am still trying to find my way around this new life, but am thinking I need to give myself the gift of an hour or so every day to work on the creative stuff...I don't mean hubs, but work on my fiction. I seem to always fell quilty unless what ever I am doing is marketable! Anyway, great advice. I think I will just leave the whole thing alone for the weekend. You have a good one!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great suggestions Bill! I also would suggest going to readings of all kinds, novels, poetry, anything. I have attended two great readings this week, one by the Washington State Poet Laureate whose new book of what someone called "documentary" poetry, I devoured in two readings. It is called Plume, and has to do with growing up in Richland and the mess there that keeps growing. I plan to write a review. Oregon's Poet Laureate also read that night.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Another hub full of useful ideas and tips for those with those blank moments. Great job, my friend. Have a great weekend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What can I say? You are the man! I would like to add one more thing to the notebook and camera. I added a dictation app to my phone. Often I get my best ideas or wording when i am driving. This allows me to articulate it without getting into an accident! Thank you, Bill as always, up++

      Oh no, I just accidentally hit down instead of up and it won't let me fix it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, that makes my heart smile. I love that you tried a new style of writing. Bravo my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love you too, and I value your friendship greatly. I am so happy that you are trusting yourself as a writer because you are a very good writer. Your short stories are excellent and they will only get better. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, if I played any part in getting rid of your gorilla then I am happy. I think we all need to help each other. This is a tough business and any help is appreciated. Thank you for all that you do and yes, just write!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I think that's the best gift you can give yourself. Walk away for awhile and enjoy the beauty of BC...come back Monday with a new plan. Marketing is the hardest thing for me to do. I feel like I am prostituting myself when I do marketing......anyway, I understand. :)

      Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, thank you for that. Great suggestions and I'll look into finding those. Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan and I hope your weekend is filled with creativity and enjoyment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi....you had me laughing that time. I guess I can handle one down. LOL As for your suggestion, I love it. I need to get a tape recorder of some sort just for that reason. Thank you for reminding me, and have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      No worries. I went back and voted up twice to negate it! Have a great weekend!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great tips, Bill. I need to try the music thing--and get away from the computer more! I've found that forcing myself to write in my journal helps get me going. Voted up and more on this hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....thanks, Randi. That made me laugh. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Vicki, thanks for stopping by. Music greatly affects my writing...the mood is set by the music and then the writing just happens. :) Get away from the computer and go enjoy yourself for an hour, and have a great weekend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Some really good ideas here. One thing I need to do is carry paper and pen with me. An idea will float through my head for a possible topic or part of an article...Never trust the memory with momentary ideas. I love all you wrote and worthy of a reread. Voting up and pinning.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      A really great and useful hub for writers everywhere.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much, Bill!

      These are great tips when the dreaded writer's block hits!

      The getting up away from the computer and doing something else, always works for me.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent, of course, Billy - you wrote it!

      Nellieanna's writer's block needing attention is usually how to STOP and block the flow of thoughts and words! When they don't just flow, she sees it as a welcome respite, which she knows won't last long! Just taking it in stride is what 'works' for me. If there is a 'stoppage' in the progression, I see it as an internal signal to reexamine and perhaps, to think it through more before committing to it.

      Writing isn't and shouldn't be robotic, anyway. If it's allowed to arise from one's inspiration and desire to express, it will. If it tightens up into a 'must do- or else' kind of procedure, it will squeeze out the inspiration and leave only the anxiety, devoid of the inspiration. (not unlike making love. . . hehe)

      Some writing does seem to have resulted from just that rigid urgency to perform!

      Great thoughts, Bill. I concur & shall read it through again to be sure I've not missed anything! I'll certainly vote it up.

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Another great hub. Voted up, useful, interesting. Tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Great ideas, Bill! Music, day trips and food ... those are my favorite things to get juices flowing.

      I get some of my best ideas as I am about to fall asleep. I used to try to convince myself the idea was so good I'd remember it in the morning. NEVER happened! I have a very hard time getting to sleep, so hated the idea of shaking myself to wakefulness to write something down ... and then there's the risk that my handwriting looks like complete gibberish in light of day. There may be far better solutions, but I reach for my cell phone and leave myself a message.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Great suggestions. I have the opposite problem---too many ideas and too little time to write, but keeping a journal of possibilities is still my best asset. If I don't have it around, ideas escape. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I can't trust my memory at all. At least now I realize it and admit it and I can do something about it....like carry a notebook. :)

      Thank you my friend. As long as people are finding these useful I'll keep writing them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I hope you have a great weekend in Hawaii while we suffer through more rain. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! I have found myself to be much fresher now that I started taking weekends off. By Monday I am exploding with ideas and excited about writing again.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      blessings and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Hawaiian! I really appreciate you stopping by again. Aloha to you and may you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great suggestions Bill. I always write down my ideas so I don't forget them and I must have a list with 50 future hubs on it. My problem is that I work all day and then get busy at home so my time here is limited. But, I make the most of it and try and get to here as often as I can. Great tips, have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, I concur completely with your statement that writing should not be robotic. I never force myself to write. I am bubbling over with things to write about, but I do pull the plug if I'm not in the mood or if it feels forced.

      Wonderful thoughts my friend. Thank you for the up vote and the great comment, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, I love that solution. My best ideas come right after I wake up...the first hour after my eyes open. It seems to be when my mind is most active and receptive to inspiration.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, writer's block is foreign to me too. I don't have enough time to write about all the things on my to do list. As soon as I figure out the answer to that problem I will be prolific. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm laughing. My list of future hubs is about as long as yours....LOL....when oh when will I get to them all? Sigh!

      Thanks for always being here, Bill, and have a great weekend. I hope things get back to normal in your neck of the woods soon.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I used to carry a notepad to jot down notes when an idea for an article came to me out of the blue. Had to stop, though, Bill, when I discovered I could no longer read the scribblings I had posted. Now my iPhone or iPad does the job. Excellent suggestions, my friend. Now shut down your computer for a spell.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hey, Bill! This was a nice article to take into the weekend and mull over in my mind because I want to accomplish one simple task...setting down on paper ten ideas for hubs. Like Liz, I get distracted a lot because there's so much going on. But even in the frenzy, it really does make good sense to carry a notebook with me. There have been times when I've approached my writing like channel surfing with the remote control. I'll actually "seed" multiple hubs and run as fast as I can (which isn't that impressive) from the literary garden. Later, I'll go back and water this one, fertilize that one, pull weeds for this one, transplant that one, and so forth. Actually, who am I kidding? I live my entire day that way! Ha-ha! Right now, I'm putting the tools of my trade away and going downstairs to connect with my wife and daughter. See, Bill, I love leaving your hub for last...I get to savor it for hours! : ) Have a beautiful weekend, my friend! That photo above with Mt. Rainier...simply magnificent! And, if that was Bev in the picture, you, sir, are one lucky man! Aloha, my friend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great tips on that old dreaded writer's block. A picture is where i usually get my inspiration, or sometimes i can hear a song that moves me to write. Thank you Bill....

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow Bill we must be so much alike. I was a people watcher and just observer I think from the time I could see. I have wished so many times a had a notepad and pen, so many stories have been lost and well I am a daydreamer and there are some good stories born there! Music...I think my first 50 poems were based on a song! But writer's block, never. Even under pressure I think I could write. Maybe because I only started writing a few years back and not always, you think? Got to make up lost time. Love your hubs, so much food for thought and great advice! ^

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      Thanks Bill - I will try a few of your ideas. You are a good teacher. I have had Writer's Block and then I came out of it with another problem. Should I share these personal thoughts of mine? Am I being original or interesting enough to continue with the article? Maybe I should ditch this idea and go on to something else later. A real quandary. Hanging in there and keeping on. Thanks friend. Blessings.

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      Great information here Bill! I myself created a site last year to put my pictures on so when I am weighed down by the dreaded writer's block, I take a look and create a story. Sometimes, I just reminisce of the time I took the picture. Other times I know I just need a couple of days off to refresh my mind lol :) Thanks again!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Great tips. You're right about the image of the house...there is a story there. My problem is not having enough time to write. I've never had writer's block, but I would if I were writing fiction. It's not my gift, that's why I cling to non-fiction which I love. I think you're right about listening to music. It's interesting how music can generate an idea or just help be in the background...did like your mention of Beatles though because I listen to the Beatles and I still love The Who's "Quadraphenia," after all these years, it's still one of my favorites to turn on low as a prompting assistant. You have some good advice and suggestions here, however. Very nice helpful tool. Have a good weekend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I believe writing sublimates our emotions, happy and painful. Some of my much appreciated poems were writer when I was very angry or sad.

      Your tips are wonderful. I'm already following some of your tips.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Wow, I finally made it this far. My hospital stay took a tole on my typing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, indeed. Writing is the song in our hearts. It is time to sing.

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and shared with all! You amaze me billybuc. You continue to churn out one article after another and you do so with ease and grace. You obviously exhibit fine finger dexterity with your typing skills as well.

      All kidding aside, your hub offers up a smorgasbord of tidbits to help those with 'writer's block." I too carry my camera with me and often write stories around the pictures I've taken. When I worked as a salesman and I was on the road several hours a day, I kept a pocket sized tape recorder with me so I could record my thoughts and later form those ideas into an article.

      I like to think of myself as a "Jack of all trades and master of none." Accordingly, I have a plethora of subjects to write about and some times, in that process I become somewhat of an expert.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Bill, you're such a wise man. I learn & retain information from reading your inspirational hubs and watching you on video. Voted up awesome!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dear Writer's Block Bill, Hi there, Gabby Van Gibberish here. It is very unusual for an 82 year old advice columnist to be writing to some whipper snapper expert, for help with a problem. Dont' go getting a big head. I'm just having a one time, temporary issue with BLOCKS, and figure I'd give you the opportunity for some fame, by helping me.

      My garbage disposal is blocked and the kitchen is beginning to smell. I tried to walk around the block yesterday, and had to stop halfway and call a cab.

      My great grandchildren, The Brat Pack, left all their building blocks on my living room floor and I can't bend over to pick them up. I saw my nosy neighbor, Thelma coming to my door and I tried to block it with a chair and she blew right on in, anyway! The Doc says my sinuses are blocked, but I'm too old for him to bother to unblock them. All of my rotten friends have blocked me from their email addresses and my nephew, "Blockhead," wants to borrow money again. He got fired from a Concrete Block Company and his mother blocked his access to her bank account.......she's been around the block a few times with that son of hers!

      So....anyway, Bill.....could you give me a block of your precious time and give me some advice? I hope so, because next week, Shady Haven Rest Home is having a Block Party and I don't want to miss it, due to all this block anxiety! Thanks.......Gabby

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I took you advice and shut down the computer last night. I will do the same in a couple of hours and enjoy the weekend. I hope you do the same.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, that is Bev, and I am an incredibly lucky man. Whatever I did to deserve this woman, I hope I continue to do. :)

      Thank you buddy. This will be a short day for me. I have a life to enjoy and I need to remember that life is not just about work and creating new articles, no matter how much passion I have for it. Life is to be lived.

      Life is good, buddy! Enjoy yours today!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, whatever you do, it is working for you. Your poetry is beautiful, so keep doing whatever it is that you are doing.

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, that is exactly how I feel....I must make up for lost time. I don't have writer's block. I have writer's flood. LOL I can't shut off the ideas. I just woke up this morning with the idea for a new book, and spent the first hour outlining it in my head. :)

      Thank you friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we will never know unless you try it. :) We are writers. We create. We share. We motivate and we empathize. We raise the bar with our writing and we challenge ourselves.

      Best of luck to you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sydney, thank you for sharing your process. We all approach it in different ways, and whatever works for each of us is what we should follow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Honesty! I love that you listen to the Who....music has always instilled me with inspiration. No matter the artist, I can always count on the melody and words to awaken something in me.

      Have a wonderful weekend and again, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, beautifully stated....sublimates our emotions....perfectly said. Thank you for that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I'm glad you made it and very happy to see you writing again. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then, Deb, get out there and sing. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pages, I love the idea of a tape recorder and I am thinking of doing exactly that. Thanks for the reminder and best of luck with that plethora of subjects. Have a great weekend and keep on writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Doc! You always humble me with your praise and kind words. I appreciate you greatly.

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      thirdmillenium 4 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

      One point I could not agree more with. My computer always turned to 60s and 70s music whenever I work. Which means I am listening to songs some 4 to 5 hours a day and I am yet to learn what a writer's block is

      Thanks for the wonderful hub

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gabby, your time away has not lessened your gift for nonsense or your sense of humor. LOL I say block it all off and have a good bowel movement. I know I always find serenity after unloading in the john. Some of my best work is the result of coming clean. :) I am quite certain that Hemingway and Shakespeare would agree.

      How are you Gabby? You know I think about you, right? I hope you are planning on a new advice column soon. The world needs your wisdom.

      Sending you a laxative of love my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thirdmillenium, you are a writer of exquisite taste. :) Thanks for sharing my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OMG!! William! How totally G R O S S!!! LMAO......Yes, I know you think of me....and thank you....but please......not on the T _ _ _ _ t!!

      A LAXATIVE of love? E-Gads......you've completely Lost it! I will be seeing you at Shady Raven very soon!!! Love, Gabby

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gabby, I may indeed have lost it, but I'm having a ball looking for it. :) Thanks, buddy!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Hahaha, I would almost vote this article as "funny" based on the comments, but of course we don't vote on comments.

      I like your ideas for those who have writer's block. I almost always have a camera and a pen and notebook with me, because I find inspiration everywhere, and enjoy life more when I can write or take photos of it. It keeps me in the moment, and gives me a place to reflect.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc: Voted Up, Useful and Interesting!

      You are so right about getting away from the computer!

      Great suggestions, and THANK YOU.

      I love your example about the teenage boy yelling obscenities.

      This hub will be valuable to the writing community. I hate the feeling of being stuck.

      I take a walk among nature every morning, first thing, with my thermos of coffee...a wonderful way to get inspired and to feel the love and miracles of God. Especially the sunrise.

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I love that you have no problem with writer's block. I don't either, but I know many writers who do. I know what you mean about the comments. :) Of course, I thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you and I share a love of nature and I can't help but be inspired when I stroll through the woods and listen to the birds. My soul is free to explore and my mind is always fed with ideas.

      Thank you my dear. I hope you are recovered and happy.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I am feeling much better, and thank you. Will be taking a trip in 6 weeks, so hoping to be even better by then!

      So glad I know you through Hub Pages. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I am very glad to hear that you are feeling better and believe me, the feeling is mutual. Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Bill as always a very interesting and helpful hub. Great suggestions. Music and nature walks help me. I also keep a pen and notebook by my bed. This was my dad's great way of doing things. He always said that when an idea comes in the night get right up and write it down. Have managed to write quite a few poems that way and you know they won't be the same if you wait for morning. Passing this on.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Bill

      Great suggestions. Keeping these in mind will help each of us to become better at sharing our thoughts with the world. I love the one...no one has ever written like you have...and that is so true....we bring our own take on things to the table...

      Have a lovely Sunday my friend....

      many blessings and Angels are headed your way :) ps

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      I'm lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world so walking my dog is pretty inspirational most days. I'm feeling very pleased with myself because today I remembered to take my camera and my notebook - hopefully I'll be inspired enough to write something later today!

      Great advice, as always - thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the suggestions, Gypsy. I will start doing that. I generally will wake up in the morning with an idea and I stumble to the computer and type it out immediately.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I find great comfort in knowing that nobody has ever written like I have. How remarkable that is, don't you think? We are all unique and we all bring special talents and perspectives to our writings. How cool!

      Thank you my friend and I hope your Sunday is filled with smiles.

      hugs and blessings, of course

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Judi, how lovely to see you here. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experience. You are appreciated my friend.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Wow, so many responses . . . great suggestions Billy, I agree with getting inspiration in nature . . . it's just natural! Getting angry is a new one for me but makes perfect sense to release those emotions and to be in touch with them cause that can be a block in itself. Sometimes, I get inspiration in the shower. I visualize all negativity is being washed off me and that cleanses the soul. Loved Nellianne's remark that when you have a block it could be a sign to take stock and reexamine what might be going on! As always, thanks for sharing, Kathi :O)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      ROFLMAO!! GOOD one oh wise man!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Very inspiring suggestions, Bill! I am "scooping" this and "pinning" this for other's benefit. Great article!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, thanks for sharing your experience.....I do alright in the shower as well, but usually for me it is first thing after waking up. I'll lay in bed for ten minutes or so and the ideas start popping into my head.

      Thank you for visiting again, Kathi.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I'm grateful i can make you laugh. Now get off the floor and go for a walk by the creek. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee my friend, so good to see you. Summer vacation is coming soon....do you have any plans? Thank you for stopping by. You have been missed.

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      Will English. 4 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      Its good advice, but I'd add one thing to the list: "learn how to manage your time." Writing too much for too long can lead to burnout and that in turn can lead to writers block. So take a break every once in awhile, get some distance from whatever you're working on and go do something else, and then come back to it with fresh eyes. Just sayin. Still good hub though. *voted up*

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, thanks for adding that suggestion. I love working at home. I can shut down and go for a walk, then come back and resume. Now that the weather has improved I'll be doing a lot more of that.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Another great one from you, your inspiration is always fueled it seems! Getting a block is something that has not happened much but at the same time I always need new ideas and stimulating kick starts. I do write ideas down and certainly have some crazy ones. Thanks so much for embracing me into your world of craziness, laughter, and wonderful writing! my time on Hp would be so empty without you in it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I feel the same way about you my friend, and you can take that to the bank. Thank you for always leaving me with a smile on my face. That's a gift you know, and a special one.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, another awesome hub. It's really interesting and very useful :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rdsparrowriter, I am so happy to see you here; thank you for the visit.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Nice tips here Bill. I have had writers block on and off for a month or so now. My motivation seems to have dwindled, I get annoyed with myself at times but still it seems that inspiration has gone at present.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I think you just mentioned why you have writer's block. The motivation is missing....that singular forces that propels us forward and opens our minds to possibilities. Take a break; go for a walk; think not at all about writing. In other words, let your mind rest up. Take care my friend. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Interesting suggestions. I feel that I went through something like a writer's block. It went away, almost on its own, but it took years. Now I just don't have much time to write...

      Thumbs up, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, I hope you find more time. Writing is hard enough without having to find time for it and then hurrying when you do find the time. Good luck to you my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Notebook, notebook, notebook....I would be lost without mine and take it everywhere. I jot down ideas all the time. Many never see the light of day, but some do and help me get through spots of writer's block. Very useful hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you are wise beyond your years. :) Every writer should have a notebook while they are out and about...it just makes good sense. :) Thanks once again for your loyalty.

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      Laurel Rogers 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      What astounds me is that my 'block' has lasted months! But your ideas I will try again. Perhaps I lost sight of these wonderful suggestions?

      Thanks so much bb,

      Laurel

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurel, thank you so much, and thank you for the kind words that you sent me. I was already following you but for some reason I was not "really following you." I will correct that immediately.

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