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“Writers Block and the Other Complications of Writing”

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Any writer will tell you, “Yes, I have had writer’s block or… It comes and goes, like my sciatica and arthritis on rainy days.” It doesn’t mean you’re not a serious writer, nor that you lack something. It could mean you need to carefully examine your approach to writing. I am mentoring-coaching a young writer these days and he was having “writer’s block” so I went to some sources to find simple answers and encourage him to self-exam this this thing we call “writer’s block” I found a great article that addressed it. The article discusses Writer’s Block defined as “the condition of being unable to think of what to write OR how to proceed with writing.” Here were 10 Practical Tips to review concerning your writing. I found them very practical and helpful to my young writer and myself. Ginny Wiehardt, a fiction expert and the author of the article gives more information. My thoughts are in the parentheses.: 10 PRACTICAL TIPS TO OVERCOMING WRITER’S BLOCK Develop a Writing Schedule. (Hard one. I will admit it. Sure helps. And hold it sacred.) Don’t be too hard on yourself. (We are our own worst critic.) Think of it as a JOB and not an ART. (It becomes about the word “work” and takes the word “whim” away–I just didn’t FEEL like writing today.) Take time off after you’ve finished a writing project. (Celebrate! You did it.) Set deadlines and keep them. (Our phones are set up with reminders for this.) Examine deep-seated issues behind your writer’s block. If any… get some help. (Talk to other writers. If it’s something serious, yes, do seek help. Likely, not your fault.) Work on more than one project at a time. (I find this eases boredom, fatigues and excuses.) Try Writing Exercises. (I love writing prompts to free up my mind. Try https://promptuarium.wordpress.com/ A great little recent find on the internet.) Reconsider You Writing Space. (Do you have a dedicated writing space, free from distractions?) Remember why you started to write in the first place. (Go back to the beginning. Re-evaluate.) From http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/writingroadblocks/tp/block.htm Another complication–my attitude. I control this. I answer for it. No one else does. Enough on that one. Another complication–circumstances beyond my control. Things happen. Sometimes, surrendering to them is easier on us and those around us. After that, “get back to the desk” as soon as you can. Don’t let the interruption cheat you of your work. So we stay up a little later, lose a little sleep, or get up a little earlier to work. We can and we will see work has a payout–you did it. ~And now, for some inspirational quotes on writing~ “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” —Anonymous “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” —Richard Bach “It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.” —Gerald Brenan “If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe...

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CLEAR THE DESK!

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“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” -Henry Ward Beecher-  What color has your brush dipped into with this new year's beginning? I posted this on my facebook page close to the first day of January 2013.  It spoke to me deeply when I first read it.  I subscribe to the belief that we are all artists.  Some of spend more time in the studio than others, but that does not qualify us as better artists, just more trained, more practiced. There were many “likes” on that fb entry and some fb friends took the time to express the color they were painting with as the new year began for them. I have a confession, lest you think I am just so brilliant and wonderful and successful.   At the present, I feel like the tip of my paintbrush has every color on it, leaving a grayish globby stroke on the page of my life.  It’s like when you take all the beautiful play do colors and mix them together, which is so fun, but eventually the play do turns gray.  And the play do turns hard and cold because there’s not much possibility in that gray play do. Here’s why it’s gray.  I have too many colors to choose from.  I feel pulled and pushed as an artist.  I long to get to a blank canvas with a simple palette of only two colors, three tops. New fresh years have a way of causing an overwhelm.  There is so much we are restarting, plugging into, taking on, hoping in, wanting to do.  I have said too many “yeses” and very few “no’s”. And eve now as I confess, I can hear a kind and wise mentor–“Clear the desk, Melea.”  Which can be quite a literal task for a writer. Take everything off of that desk.  Now evaluate what goes back on. And so right after I finish this blog entry I am going to clear the desk! LITERALLY. By clearing the desk, I will be able to prioritize what goes back onto this space that will prompt my soul as a writer and storyteller.  It will feed me, propel me, speak to me, ground me. Perhaps, there is some place in your life that needs a “clearing of the desk”… I urge you to not be dismayed by the date of January 20-something.  It is still the new year and you are still an artist with the greatest of possibilities set before you in 2013 Oh, and I am going to throw out the play do and get a new fresh squishy set of colors.  There’s nothing better than the feel and the smell of fresh play do! HAPPY NEW YEAR!  And may the story you live out this year change someone because I know it can…  ...

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Living the Artistic and Storied Life

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Living the Artistic and Storied Life

Entry One: Living Creatively in a Dry Season I have been through one of the driest seasons of my life as an artist.  I am not sure many know this… I have kept it to myself, save a few trusted artists experiencing a similar season and a dear husband.  Now, work should not define an artist, but unfortunately it happens to be true with this artist. More recently, though, I have sensed the urge to move forward regardless.  Move forward regardless.  Did you hear that?  Write, tell, memorize, prepare. I have had to stare into the mirror and ask an honest question of myself:  Does my writing and storytelling only make sense if there is someone in the room to applaud or validate it?  Or does my art intrinsically have value because I am called to create in these ways? I believe it has value because dry season or abundant rainy-over-flowing-with-work season, I am called to live creatively. An Audience of One… My audience of one happens to be a relationship I have been in for a very long time. It began when I was 14 and barely knowledgeable of my gifts. The relationship is the one I share with my Creator.  God is my audience of One.  And if I never wrote another story, told one, recorded one, I have lived off of a feast of His goodness in allowing me to use these gifts of storytelling and writing for many years. So… today as I write this post, I know that to tell a story to Him, to write a story for Him is very much like running into the kitchen and showing Him the sculpted piece of clay, the finger painting thick with gloppy paint, the story with the scrawl of child beginning to write out of their imagination. I can see myself holding a paper up high and saying proudly, “Please put it on your refrigerator… I hope you like this one.” And in my mind’s eye, I can see Him throwing his head back with laughter and declaring, “I love it! It’s your best one yet!” I watch as He tapes it on a door filled to capacity with paper after paper. He studies it one more time and I swell with pride. My audience of One is pleased. Now, I might lose a few of my friends of Right-Side-Up Stories as I share from this POV (point of view-vantage), but if that is true, perhaps we weren’t really in a relationship as fellow artists and lovers of story.  I am hoping you’ll stay and hear me out through more entries of how I live creatively as an artist. Hey, I found water today… My highpoint of creativity today was that of being a listener as someone told their story. Of course, they had been kind and listened to mine, but I have to say I loved listening to theirs.  As I listened, our stories overlapped and the edges touched and it was a...

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