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Writer’s Block

 

 One of the most crippling situations facing the author is writer’s block. With many inspiring stories to tell, the writer sits at his computer and prepares to offer the reader his colorful portrayal of interesting events. Unfortunately, he sometimes discovers that he can’t get started. This is because, for whatever reason, he is simply not in the mood to write.  He idly sits and stares at that blank sheet of paper in front of him. Why does this happen? Is the author simply bored, or is some worrisome situation crowding out the creative impulses in him? In such instances, what should the writer do?

      As is common with all people, authors share different personalities and temperaments. Many are very organized in their daily activities, and have a determination to finish the task they started. These authors establish their designated time for writing at a specific hour when they are finished with their other daily chores. They are determined to simply “work through” their temporary loss of words until they overcome their inability to communicate their thoughts and feelings. They are extremely disciplined people who maintain an accurate schedule in all of their daily activities. After finishing their allotted time of writing, they move on to another task.

      But my personality is different. Being the unstructured person that I am, I only write when I am in the mood, and when.my mind is free to explore every creative avenue of thought. When I’m not encumbered by distraction; I set aside a time to write; however, I find myself almost paralyzed whenever I’m interrupted by the distractions of life. In such times, I simply abandon any attempt to write.

      But whenever my mind is free, I often “get on a roll.” and continue writing for several hours. During these times, I sometimes amaze myself in regard to my uninterrupted progress. I only stop writing when I’m too exhausted to continue.  As mentioned earlier, all people have different temperaments.

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The Right-Brained Mentality

 

     People who are blessed (or cursed) with a creative imagination are often referred to as being “right-brained.” Unlike the precise, logical thinking of a scientist, or engineer, the imaginations of these unique people sometimes run the gamut from virtual reality to deep and sometimes outrageous visions of a make-believe world of sheer fantasy. The horrors of murder, witchcraft, sorcery, and mayhem may sometimes be contradicted by serenity, love, beauty, or tenderness, sometimes even in the same story. The challenge to a competent author is the ability make these diverse situations believable and acceptable to the reader.

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