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That Magic Feeling When the Words Flow. A Blog by Debi Rotmil


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Can’t Write? Use It To Your Advantage

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Hello writer! Happy end of the first week of 2016!

Has your holiday hang over ended yet?

Are you void of writing ideas? Even if you have time to write, just doing a stream of conscious dump text of writing for the day makes you recoil?

I hear you.

But let’s make this clear. You’re not “blocked”. There is no such thing as being “blocked”.  Believing you’re “blocked” will only perpetuate your inability to write.  So don’t say it because you’re not. You’re a creative being that is an open conduit to a creative source. You don’t “block” anything. You want the flow of words and ideas to come. (And I place quotes on the word “blocked” because “blocked” is a highly used word that is a supposed reason for not writing. Seriously. Lose that word. Screw that word.)

But sometimes we write and write and write for days, weeks and months – and like any worker who works hard – you need a break.

Yes, every regular worker takes a vacation to step away from the daily grind and replenish their energy. That includes the writer.

If you can’t find the motivation to write because you don’t want to sit still and think for an hour or two – or even ten minutes, then don’t beat yourself up over it.  Use it. This is your time to explore the world for new ideas, for new visions and new words to express your story in ways no one else can.

Take a break, but take it with the knowledge that you’re going to return to the page.

Fill the void by reading books, seeing movies, seeing friends, traveling, sleeping, and living.  Get out of your wordy, imaginative head.

And as you do these things, try to take down notes of what you’re feeling.

View the world from the perspective of a writer. Explore the senses. How does the book you’re reading make you feel? What do you see? Smell? Taste?

Do you want your reader to feel the same when they read your work? Do you want them to feel,see, smell and taste the same way?

What does that film or that online series you’re binge watching tell you about humanity? How can you infiltrate that creative energy toward the manuscript sitting all lonely on the shelf waiting for you to return?

Allow for quiet time. (If you can!)

Meditate on why you feel stumped.

Marinate on what is stopping you from even wanting to seek out writing prompts and goals. It tends to be a deep reason that goes beyond lack of time or just not feeling it. It could just mean you’re tank is empty and it’s time to fill up with super unleaded creative gas.

Is it Fear? 

Fear is our enemy. I feel it everyday and battle it with Thor-like strength. But instead of swords, I use the mental technique of ignoring fear.

In a few weeks, and hopefully it won’t take longer than that, go back to your work. Or, go back to your exercise of daily journaling and see what you’ve got. You will likely come back refreshed with new ideas and outlook.

There is truth to the writer’s adage to always be writing. But sometimes, no matter what my personal writing gurus,  Stephen Pressfield or Elizabeth Gilbert will say, taking a break from writing after a long year of dedicated work is needed.

Letting go of writing when you are empty is part of the process.

Putting it aside, and giving it a rest (like you would do with any paying job) allows you to step back and return with a better vision.

The only thing you have to do is make a commitment to this process and know you will return to face the page to write and write and write like a “motherf&*ker”, as the phenomenal Cheryl Strayed, aka ‘Sugar”, once wrote.

You didn’t think you were getting off THAT easy, did you? Yes, take a break, but you have to keep your promise to write. If you don’t, then your story – your words – your thoughts meant to go forth will never be read or heard.

Come on, don’t do that to us! We want to read you!

Take a breath.

Now write!

 

 


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‘The Good Write’: A New Year, A New Day

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Happy New Year my fellow WordPress writers!

I hope you all had an amazing, fun and restful holiday season.  I am so grateful that you’ve been following my blog over the year and a half it has been up and running! Thanks so much for your support and readership!

Furthermore, your blogs have kept me going and were a tremendous inspiration to me. I look forward to writing for you and continuing to read your work in the new year!

2015 has been a rough one. News around the world has been devastating for humanity.  Through the difficult images on the news and in our personal lives, there has to be a budding flower of goodness. I’d like to take the initiative to help us all do a little good in the world.

Let me know what you think.

It’s my intention to help bring my writing coaching company, ‘The Good Write’ into 2016 with a purpose. Not only do I endeavor to help writers find their voice to tell stories for the world to read, I also want to give back to those who do not have a voice to do so.

Children around the globe (and of course, I include the United States in this) are not able to go to school due to poverty and cultural standards imposed on children, and in some countries – specifically on girls.

For the new year, I’m offering coaching sessions for writers who are stuck writing their novels, articles or blogs at a discount.  With every writer I coach, I will donate 1% percentage of your fee to ‘Pencils of Promise’‘Let Girls Learn’ or  ‘The Boys and Girls Club of America’ respectively.

Join ‘The Good Write’ and gain a writing coach (ME!) who will not only help you meet your personal writing goals, but will allow you to help out a child in the world to get the education so they can one day write their story. The choice on which charity above you’d like a portion of your payment to go is yours. It’s tax deductible and it’s a win win initiative!

Let’s make 2016 a creative and purposeful year. Let’s share our stories, let’s live our dreams, and let’s help children who are in dire need of education to do the same.

Please email me at drotmil@gmail.com for further information on private sessions at a reasonable cost. All sessions are confidential, and your creative property will never be copied or shared.

Join me! Let’s all find creative wealth in the new year while giving aid to the next generation of storytellers.