The Dragon Shield Saga Book 2

The Dragon Shield Saga Book 2
The Dragon's Shield Saga

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Why God Gave Writers Editors

You know, some days when you’re sitting in front of your typewriter or word processors, and the sun is shining, theirs a slight breeze blowing outside, the smell of jasmine is in the air and everything is right with the world, you look upon the empty screen in front of your eyes and you think, “I hate this crap! I don't have a thing to write about.” With so much being right outside, inside where your world is clean and dry and perfect year round, you can’t think of a damn thing to write? Trust me, it’s not an unnatural phenomenon. The affliction that has frozen your brain cells is called Writer’s Block. And why does this happen? Well, you could be thinking too hard, or thinking of the days events that just happened, or thinking of the death of your family pet, or worrying over the electric bill, or just plain tired of sitting in front of the screen and not having anything to write about. Writer’s block is caused by any number of things. Stress and worry being the worst. But there are things you can do to alleviate the affliction and get the old brain cells churning out prose again.

Listen, life gets in the way for all of us. Everyday life, seeing to the family, taking care of business, or taking care of the electric bill happens to everybody. At those times what you have to remember is that time will take care of itself and bad things wont always happen to good people. To make those times easier, what you can do is write about them. You call yourself a writer, right? Well, do what every writer would do, fill up that blank screen with sentences concerning your day. It will not only take some pressure off your shoulders, for talking, or in this case writing, about it may empty the stress out of the old tank and get some alleviation to the soul. Sometimes what everybody needs is a shoulder to cry on. Don’t be ashamed of it. Journal your days events and the stress that goes with that everyday life can be a motivator for the words to start flowing again. When you have all that out of your system, you can then get back to what matters to you on your original project. Sometimes it just takes a little motivation to do it. Real life shit you can’t make up, it just comes pouring out. Its better than a doctors couch at times, and you don’t get the negative feedback you don’t want.

 And don’t feel alone in this, every writer has those moments when they just can’t make the words flow, just ask Paul Auster and James Scott Bell. Every writer goes through it at one time or another intheir career.

Another great method of shredding the wall of the mind is to read. Great writers come from great novels. If you’re not writing, read. Take your mind off what YOU have to do, and see what others have already done. Take a breath, step back, relax a little bit, read a good book, something that will take you away and put you in a world which breaths life back into you.

 In a writer’s world, not all is death and decay, sometimes its life and renewal. Don’t just live it, believe it. And believe in what you do. It doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, because life isn’t perfect. I know, I know, you don’t want to crank out crappy material. But allow yourself to crank out crap if crap gets you going again in the right direction. Smelly, shitty roses is better than no roses at all. Even something as beautiful as roses need to be fertilized once in a while. Don’t think you have to constantly crank out perfection, because no one is perfect. That's why God gave us editors.
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