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  Writer's Block
by Mary Deal
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Rated "G" by the Author.

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The writing life


The plot's
strong in my mind
too cold, can't think
fingers won't move
rise from my chair
rummage through closet, find a sweater
something warm to drink
still cold, climb on treadmill, move circulation.
Already skipped breakfast
another cup of tea, a cookie or two.

Go to the bathroom, wash hands
stare out the window
conjure my story
and the grocery list
clean house
sort the laundry
pick up kids
visit mom.

Tea is cold
flick on TV while microwave heats
finish watching show, learn about plots
write a screenplay some day.

Actor wasn't good, story not credible
very upsetting, destroyed my mood.

I can write better than that!
Get to work
create mind boggling twists.

Answered the phone, talked too long
answering machine gets the next one
turn the volume down.

Stare at the monitor
tap a key
a few more keys
keep going
no more delays
no more tea
don't hold your bladder.

Daydreaming my story's finished
Close the drapes, sit down
keep writing.

words pour out
catch up, work faster, more diligently
never mind typos, edit later
say it succinctly first time through
catch up, don't fall behind
deadlines to meet.

Words flowing,
sentence after sentence
one after another.
Oh, that's good!
the end's now in sight
my best story yet
Surely I work better under pressure.

Wonder why other people have writer's block.

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Mary Deal

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Reviewed by Richard Nedervelt (Reader) 12/1/2011
I can so relate to this. It is and isn't a block. Sometimes I go long periods without writing, until I get some type of inspiration and then it all flows. But the block I get as well as the problems in life that arise always lead to better days and poetry. Thanks again.
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 10/12/2009
I loved this writing! Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by John Domino 10/5/2008
Wonderful thoughts! I agree with you! I sometimes get procrastinators rush!


John Michael
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/6/2008
My mind gets blocked and I can wrack my brain and nothing there to write about. All at once an inspiration comes to me to put it to words. Not an expert but like to try and succeed.
Reviewed by Tactfully Naive 10/29/2006
I tend to have a painter or pastel artist's block. It is a matter of looking at the stool, it being the first obstacle, and forcing myself to sit upon it. Once I have achieved this, then it's on with the headphones and the music does the rest - I am away.
With writer's block, I am new to poetry and so far, I still have a large enough repository of ideas to draw upon.
This list is affirmation that we are all prone to a pen run aground.
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 6/13/2006
Nice "guidelines" for overcoming "writers's" block. We can all see ourselves in this predicament!

God Bless!

Reviewed by Tim Philips 5/10/2006
Every writer or professed writer can relate to this! Excellent.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/1/2005
No such thing as writer's block that a walk in the park won't cure.
Nicely done.

Reviewed by Masood Lohar 1/12/2005
True portrayel... excellent

Reviewed by Cynth'ya 3/4/2004
Creative juice . . . ain't it great Sis!?

cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Rodd Jokre 11/20/2003
Nice verses Marty... Thanks for sharing...

Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 10/22/2003
Very good, Mary, well said! I know I tend to write better under pressure and, fortunately, have never been cursed with writer's block. Stop by my A/D pages sometime.

Love in Christ~~
Bonnie Q
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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 10/7/2003
Excellent job on this. Unfortunately, I have writer's block most of the time. I'm lucky if I can write a poem a month.
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 9/26/2003
ah yes. very well done.

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