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Friday, July 22, 2005


Whether you’re writing you first novel or your fiftieth novel, a term paper or even a quick note to a friend, a blank piece of paper or rather a blank computer screen can easily become Mt. Everest. Snow blinded by the white, climbing it can become daunting.
Yesterday I sat here at the desk looking at a blank screen for almost an hour. Yes, I knew what I wanted to say, but for some reason I just couldn’t get started. So I sat and stared like a rabbit in headlights hoping to be hit with brilliance.
Then it hit me, no not brilliance, an idea, loosen up. So I did, for two hours I loosened up with music, solitaire and about six other computer games. But all the while a small icon at the bottom of the screen constantly reminded me that somewhere tucked away in cyberspace there was a blank page waiting for me.
Mind you I’ve yelled at my kids often enough about procrastination and their infinity to play Xbox and PlayStation instead of doing homework, but of course it’s different for me, I was still loosening up.
After lunch I finally started writing but of course the whole morning was shot. I can’t help but wonder what others do either to loosen up or to get started when they sit down at the computer.


  • Celeste,

    I wish I knew who said this, but I can't remember. Before I was a published author, I used to read a lot of writing books. A famous author said to "think with your hand." This was before the age of computers (Yep, I'm that old). We used to write with pen and paper.

    Think with your hand means just write, whatever comes, whatever you're thinking you want to write, just write it. If it's bad you can throw it out later, but it might be the exercise that pulls you into the story.

    I rely on this whenever I sit down to write and wouldn't you know, it works.

    So when the cursor is blinking and the screen is waiting, just write what you're thinking. Even if all you think is that you can't think of anything to write. Go from there.

    It works.


    By Blogger Shirley Hailstock, at 4:43 PM  

  • C,

    Take a deep breathe, close your eyes and just start writing, whatever your thoughts are that moment. Grab it while it's there and you will produce, I know you can and will.

    Writing is like riding a bike you never foget how and once you do it comes back easier and easier, just write what your thoughts are or what your feeling that moment.

    It works for me.

    Keep up the good work!!

    By Blogger Charlene, at 12:06 PM  

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