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Writer's Blues: Another Day
Experiencing Writer's Block?
Writer’s Blues: Another Day
Another day slipped away
Carried on the long slanting shadows
Washes of blue on paleness
Waffs of disappearing light
Like the tails of smoke from dreary
wearing thin on the edge
Smoke and darkness embrace
As stars tumble out on canvas
Cold and unrelenting.
A long sign escapes
Staring at the blinking cursor
And nothing else.
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For the writer, the scariest thing is a blank page. When you’re hunched over the keyboard or notepad and nothing comes to mind. Or, you’re writing but what you’re writing seems like a load of crap (well, at least to you) and you’ve used the delete button way too often and your mind begins to spiral down the path of “beating yourself up.” I’ve been there too often. Non-productive days like this past week. I know I can blame that on a bout of flu but on days, when the body is well but the mind is uncooperative, ……I can say it’s curse of the writer’s block.
Writer’s block or writer’s blue…been there?
I can safely say we’re all been there. While some writers will say that it doesn’t exist…just get to it, others will tell you the writer’s block is part and parcel of the writer’s life. It’s one of those humps and slumps we all have to ride. Well,, if you’re experiencing one of those down swings of your creative cycle, here are some help from established writers. Apparently, most of them have dealt with this problem before. And since it’s coming from the mouths of seasoned writers, we can all take heart and go a little easy on ourselves.
Recognize the problem and go from there
My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline ~ Mary Garden
If you want to write, write it. That’s the first rule ~ Robert Parker
People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently ~ Anna Quindlen
Just Get Started
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word ~ Margaret Atwood
Don’t get it right, just get it written ~ James Thurber
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair ~ Mary Heaton Vorse
It’s a Grind but Hang in there
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one ~ Mark Twain
I write 2,000 words a day when I write. It sometimes takes three hours, it sometimes takes five ~ Nicholas Sparks
All through my career I’ve written 1,000 words a day—even if I’ve got a hangover. You’ve got to discipline yourself if you’re professional. There’s no other way. ~ J. G. Ballard
There is so much about the process of writing that is mysterious to me, but this one thing I’ve found to be true: writing begets writing. ~ Dorianne Laux
Writers will Write No Matter
Writer’s block, you might even say, it’s a luxury that real writers can’t afford. ~ David Fyxell
It is impossible to discourage the real writers—they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~ Sinclair Lewis