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freely and rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never
correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is
usually found to be an excuse for not going on."
delving into cures for writer's block, we must determine the cause. Ask
yourself, "'What is my problem? Why can't I write?" Possibly, your
mind is preoccupied, something is blocking the creative flow. More than
likely, stress is the main culprit.
The stress monster is one of the greatest
foes of creativity. Relax. Learn to recognize that writing is your time.
It is you dedicating time towards you, the writer. Writers need to be somewhat
selfish. Don't let distractions take that special time away from
yourself. If you have bills to pay-pay them. If you can't pay the bills—write.
There is potentially a mass of wealth at your finger tips and it will never
manifest unless you start writing. Get motivated—-write.
Use a few minutes just to clear your mind. if possible, dim the lighting,
sit comfortably, and breathe deeply. Let the oxygen stimulate the
brain. As your breathing begins to flow naturally, focus on what is happening
in your story. Think about your characters, how they behave, what they
look like. Imagine where they are. Place them in the setting that you're
presently working on. What are they doing? What will they do next?
Perhaps you haven't begun a story yet. Use this time to converge your thoughts
on what you want to say. Your story will not develop if it stays trapped
in your mind. Make it appear on the page. Let your thoughts flow.
|Revaluate your writing environment. Are you
at your usual writing place? Writing is habit forming so you’ve got to
create the habit. Take action and create the writing environment which
works best for you. Do you work better with music, certain lighting,
a special coffee? Do whatever is necessary to give you that feel for creativity....
Are there distractions that are interfering
with your creative flow? If at all possible, eliminate the distractions
or let them blend into the background. Try to eliminate the distracting
noises by listening to some writing music. Music can be a great enhancer
to the writing process (more of this in the Workshop).
Let's move on to the character