HAVE WRITER’S BLOCK? YOU HAVE LOTS OF COMPANY
My brothers and I used to call my mother three-hour Kate. Why? She would leave the house saying, “I’m just running to the story for a few minutes.”
And yes, you guessed it, several hours would elapse before she returned. She had talkititus and could spend hours talking to the people she met.
My kids accuse me of the same, and I think that was particularly true before my growing deafness made it uncomfortable.
Now I can be accused of wrtitius, so I never have trouble figuring out something to write. So this picture does not apply to me. Writing well and staying focused on one project are my problems. I produce, but not always something of value. But for those of you that have writer’s block of any kind, this exercise was suggested:
Topic #279: Sometimes you can make a topic appear out of nothing at all. Do the following.
- Make sure you are somewhere safe.
- Guess how long you can keep your eyes closed.
- Close your eyes.
- Start counting.
- See how long you can go.
- How close your guess was to your actual performance.
- What thoughts did your mind wander to while you were counting?
- Did you feel any fear? Why or why not?