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« on: November 28, 2008, 01:36:57 AM »

If you ever 'suffer', or 'catch' or however we're supposed to get it, what does it feel like for you? To not be able to write. To close down all doors. Switch off all lights. I'm purely interested as I've recently had a brain-blockage of some sort, too deep to go into, and, in trying to find my path out of this dark wood, put my priorities in order, if you wish. Are we all that dissimilar?

And, if you wish to expand, in one word, what does your writing represent? Explain, if you wish.

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2008, 02:58:55 PM »

"Writers block" as it is refered to is a nasty thing indeed. I sometimes get it to a degree. I find I can't just write, I have to be in the right mood. The only advice i can give is this: When I write I ethier go into a public place (a coffee shop or park bench) and get inspiration from those around me. My other way is to lock myslef in my room with several cups of tea radio two in the background. This might not work for you but the point is you need the meduim which suits you the best. One other thing. If the writting isn't coming to you, don't worry. It happens to us all and there is no point in writting for the sake of it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2008, 03:09:37 PM »

These are two very big questions MISS Nancy. There's a book you can get on 1001 solutions to Writers block if you look at the USA Writers Market Link.  Or it could be just a change of scenery you need...do something you wouldn't normally do, go somewhere you normally wouldn't etc. trawl for new experiences like they who fish the seas and furnish our stores with Wild Alaskan Pollock or Fish fingers

The other question is a very big question with I expect lots of very big answers which I believe are explored on another thread somehwere on this site.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008, 04:19:09 PM »

I'm so glad to be of help.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008, 07:36:42 PM »

If I have writer's block, I don't write.

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And, if you wish to expand, in one word, what does your writing represent? Explain, if you wish.

Me.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008, 07:53:45 PM »

im just trawling through for the book now...thanks for your answers, all.
Goldberg, I'v been on holiday, so no excess to computer...I do apoligize for not being able to reply as quickly as you prefer.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008, 08:03:59 PM »

You writing a book?
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008, 08:09:22 PM »

no, no, Goldberg said of a book on writers market

These are two very big questions MISS Nancy. There's a book you can get on 1001 solutions to Writers block if you look at the USA Writers Market Link. 

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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2008, 01:51:51 AM »

Indeed as I recall it's called 101 ways to defeat writer's block or something.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2009, 04:48:56 PM »

In France there is no term for writer's block...It simply doesn't exist there...
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2009, 05:22:35 PM »

mind you the French have no word for custurd becuase they do not believe it is possible. I once showed a french boy some birds intanst and he almost had a stroke!
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2009, 04:23:02 PM »

In France there is no term for writer's block...It simply doesn't exist there...

No son threy just call it an extended cheese and wine siesta ( lucky b****ds) 
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2009, 01:17:32 AM »

writer's block--it feels like disease.  it feels like the trapped thoughts are poison and they eat my soul until the block lifts.  it almost physically hurts me.  it's just not a good thing.  without an outlet for the torment it brings mass destruction. 

luckily, i have more than one creative outlet.
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2009, 04:36:50 PM »

That is a very vivid description Vxn.
I have been having that of late and yet write things in my mind when I am trying to sleep...if I don't write them down then I am plagued.
its strange at times.
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2009, 07:05:45 PM »

Whenever I have writer's block I get more work done. 
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2009, 07:21:27 PM »

Well Will then come to my house when you do, I have lots of work to be done
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2009, 12:26:04 AM »

Vxn your explaination was actually quite comforting, even though it sounds appaling, because its those exact feelings. I can only describe it as being like someone who, however much they try screaming, the screaming won't come out. Like in those really bad dreams.  Sad Not Good.
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2009, 02:09:14 AM »

mind you the French have no word for custurd becuase they do not believe it is possible. I once showed a french boy some birds intanst and he almost had a stroke!

the more i hear about the french the more i found them incredibly hilarious.
(i've never met an overtly french person)
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2009, 12:10:54 AM »

That is a very vivid description Vxn.
I have been having that of late and yet write things in my mind when I am trying to sleep...if I don't write them down then I am plagued.
its strange at times.

it's the same for me!  if i don't immediately write it down... torture.
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2009, 06:40:06 PM »

A good cure for writer's block is to try and attain a very difficult skill. When you sit back down to write again, you'll be surprised how easily the words come.
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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2010, 02:12:53 PM »

Writer's block aint t'problem but blocked writers are.
Proust and Orwell had constipation!
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« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2010, 06:37:23 PM »

mind you the French have no word for custurd becuase they do not believe it is possible. I once showed a french boy some birds intanst and he almost had a stroke!

this still cracks me up. this needs to be a scene in a movie. i imagine a french man very eloquently and persuasively debunking the myth of custard, until a bowl of custard is carried aloft by a waiter and  BAM his head explodes like in the movie scanners
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