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writer's block - elizabeth wesley's Blog

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Blog Posted:11/24/2011 8:29:00 PM
Hi everybody, any ideas on what to do when the brain doesn't want to produce?  I seem to be drying up and I don't like it one bit.  Would like some ideas to light the fire.
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Date: 12/18/2011 7:45:00 PM
Well, It's been quite an experience reading all your ideas and I thank each of you. All are unique and helpful as each of you are so I'm grateful we have each other and I do love each one of you Hugs to all Lizzie!
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Date: 12/17/2011 11:44:00 AM
Retail Therapy my dear friend. Works every time. Make sure you look at the people while there. Works every time :)
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Date: 11/28/2011 6:57:00 PM
This will shock you about my poems I'm sure. When Alfred Hitchcock wanted to work out the details to a mystery, he would collect random items from his house. He then would say to himself, these are the things that make up my story, what do they have to do with a murder. I do the same thing with my poems. Random items become a story.
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Date: 11/28/2011 7:45:00 AM
lizzie.. i have been in the desert for weeks,lol.. kidding!.. take a shift, perhaos.. go to the grocery and take a differnt lane route inode the different sections for a shift.. hmm..:) love an dhuggs to ya!
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Date: 11/26/2011 4:26:00 AM
I get it when I'm determined to write. Just relax and it will happen. From Neil Diamond "If you want to be successful just write something you are passionate about." The beginning of Brooklyn Roads. Sometimes the dry spells are long then a number of ideas will hit you at one time. Good luck. God Bless.
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Date: 11/25/2011 10:22:00 PM
* "Ps. * Did I Ever Tell You * How Beautiful I Think You Are * Did I Ever Mention That * My Luv, Beyound The Ends of The World * Sarah." *
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Date: 11/25/2011 8:38:00 PM
keep looking out your window at the pictures scenery pre3sents and juices will flow elizabeth... or family and friends always spark creativity... good luck.. I am down due to my right hand surgery last week.. awful situation luv..
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Date: 11/25/2011 4:41:00 PM
We all go through this at some time or another...and some blocks seem to last a long time, until something sparks the fire . For me, sometimes it is a new contest idea, or a past experience will pop into my head, ... enough inspiration to stir my writing. But blocks are a part of my writing experience, a hurdle I have to jump over now and again.
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Date: 11/25/2011 2:29:00 PM
Some say to write a list of anything and everything that interests you and to pick one at random. I've often tried writing a round robin with a friend helps - they start and then you add a little, then they add some more etc etc.
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Date: 11/25/2011 12:37:00 PM
Heya Elizabeth. As already stated, you might not actually have writer's block at all. I find that taking some time in-between, to simply jot down ideas without forcing anything, makes for better creativity and writing at a later date. This is not carved in stone at all, but I have noticed that people who write several poems every day, tend to end up with a weaker base of quantity over quality.
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Date: 11/25/2011 11:46:00 AM
What I usally do is face my chair by the window and reflect on a past experience and write form there.. Not for everbody Im sure but it gets me at of the funk... give it a try and let me know... Hope your Holiday was a good one... with love Michael
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Date: 11/25/2011 10:25:00 AM
* "I Am Going Through A Bit of A Block Also * My Dear Sweet Truly Beautiful Elizabeth * Thinking Perhaps More Precious Love & Less This & That May Be A Cure?? * My Luv, Always & Always * Sarah." *
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Date: 11/25/2011 9:56:00 AM
When you look at the many places, scenery, events in history, the list in theory is endless. Then there is our imagination which is infinitive to thought. Some poets frame in on a short range of subject material, when in fact we are surrounded by choice. It just needs kick started. I personally love to write about many subjects as my site shows www.thehighlanderspoems.com
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Date: 11/25/2011 9:06:00 AM
Hi Elizabeth, you are an amazing poet.Presently I am also having that block.So I am writing haiku only.I think you should not force as Cyndii has commented.You only need a break.
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Date: 11/25/2011 6:24:00 AM
Write something silly that makes no sense at all and have a giggle with it..it'll all come back xxx
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Date: 11/25/2011 5:13:00 AM
David's got the right idea...that's pretty much how I handle my writer's block...throwing single words down on paper can guide you to more...try the pedal idea it's worth a try...luv shannon
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Date: 11/25/2011 1:38:00 AM
try the flower method, draw a simple flower ie. a circle with five or six petals, in the centre circle write a word, any word,in each petal write two words that relate to the centre word, then add another six petals and keep going, you will be amazed at the amount of ideas you can then get from all of the words, i have often obtained a full poem that way. it is worth a try, hope it helps..David
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Date: 11/25/2011 12:03:00 AM
fall in love, fall outa love, get arrested, go bankrupt, go to the park and yak with the people who hang there, eat a jalepeno or kumquat fresh off the plant it grew on, youtube Bill Hicks, Eddie Izzard and Rush Limbaugh all in one sitting, ask some little kids what their favorite words are... dunno really, my last dry spell lasted four years. Feels like sometimes my poetry wants to be written and others it wants to be lived.
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Date: 11/24/2011 11:19:00 PM
Elizabeth. some of your poetry is so amazing I wonder where it all sprang from! You have an incredible well from which to draw. I will tell you that personally, if it weren't for challenges, I would hardly ever be writing poems. More than 90 percent of my poems are simply based on challenges and I even published a chapbook called "Challenging the Muse" In that book I give lots of examples of ideas to challenge oneself. For example, just choose ten great words from a dictionary and force yourself to make a poem from them. I did many challenges like those in various contests and poetry clubs. Later you can omit the words that didn't fit well into the poem!
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Date: 11/24/2011 9:46:00 PM
PS-- I just recently read where you're from and (Don't laugh) I thought you were from England. Honest, with my imagination, I saw you in a quaint little village where there is a grumpy vicar and little tea shops. Actually, I had this mental picture of you as Kate Winslet in the movie (bad movie except for her)The Holiday. Actually, you ARE lovely, and your picture reminds me of the starlets in the 70's, Jane Fonda or as I'm a former Quebecer, Genevieve Bujold. I know the area you live well. Ahem, do you share a close proximity to a famous painter who specializes in family scenes? ;-) If so, it's my kinda town!
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Date: 11/24/2011 9:39:00 PM
Hi, Hon, one, don't force it. It's like trying to fight insomnia by saying to yourself, "I-must-sleep-I-must-sleep..." Whatever other creative outlets you have, embrace them: baking, photography, doodling, crafts etc, and if you don't have one, try one on for size. Read. Read what you love to read. Then read what you hate to read. Write a letter to a friend, family member, yourself. Allow yourself, when the mood strikes, to write absolute drivel-like-crap with the intent of tossing it in the garbage. Go somewhere, for an hour, a day, a week. Someplace different. Treat yourself to a dinner out and do not order what you normally would, treat your senses to new experiences. In one day overwhelm your senses by careening between extremes- ie a loud pub and then a quiet museum, go to a fabric store and feel silk and satin and then head to the lumber store and smell wood and feel sandpaper. I know this sounds WACKED, but inspiration may tickle you as you explore. Just a few ideas. HUGS!
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Date: 11/24/2011 8:54:00 PM
Circle the back yard TWICE in darkness.......even if its raining.......let your mind wander.....you'll see/you'll find the light and write!!~God bless
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