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Writer's Block Vaporized, Creativity Maximized!
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Copyright:  Dec 2, 2008 ISBN-13:  9781411632523

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Many people have adventures from the past, coming-of-age experiences, narrow escapes, hair-brained adventures with their friends, things that happened when in school or at a specific job, weird family members or friends, strange and unbelievable occurrences, heart rending and passionate love stories. In short, things, which they know, will make a great book or even a best seller! They finally set everything up, so they have the method, the opportunity and the motive and then nothing! They stare at the white sheet of paper or a computer monitor and their heart races, their palms get sweaty and their mouths dry. They feel like a fraud. Things like “Was I just kidding myself? I’m no writer! What was I thinking?” Streak through their heads and then anxiety sets in, and even fear. Then it becomes a delaying action. It isn’t very much fun facing that blank screen. It is similar to a firing squad except that the target is much more up-close and personal, it’s your self-esteem and pride.

I started the outline of this book just before I left for my annual, two-week, writing retreat in Maui. At last year’s retreat, I finished my first novel, “The Misfits of Channel 10.” Although I found that to be a significant achievement at the time, this year I was not satisfied with this amount of productivity. I was convinced that I could boost my creativity to a higher level and stay in the creative state for longer periods. I wanted to be much more prolific. My plan was to complete this book as much as possible before I left and then use and refine these techniques in writing “Retreads” the first of my books to written in this year’s retreat. Work became too busy and I had barely started this book before I had to leave on my retreat.

When I was writing “Retreads,” I took note of all the techniques I had unconsciously used to maximize and train my creativity. Formerly, I performed these actions automatically as my subconscious had learned what worked and what didn’t by trial and error. I never sat down before and analyzed my writing process, during the writing of a book. There were several reasons for this. One was fear. Creative writing is steeped in mystique and incurring the wrath of the muse. I was afraid that if I tried to analyze what I did, I would lose my way and destroy my process. This had nothing to do with mystique, but instead the fragility of the creative process and the human psyche. My other fear was that it might bring back the internal critic and ruin the book I was writing at the time. I started my documentation method slowly and carefully and when I found that it didn’t disrupt my process, I began to accelerate my analysis until I reached full ability.

I noted all the actions that helped me to boost the quality and quantity of my writing. I analyzed and documented these techniques in the outline for this book. When I finished “Retreads,” I then focused on this book, fleshed it out, and completed it. Then I started on the third book that I wrote during this retreat called “” I applied these techniques, revised, and refined them when necessary so I understood them better. It also would clarify them for another writer to follow.

This year, in my allotted two weeks, I completed two and one half books instead of one! That is a 250% boost in productivity as well as a corresponding boost in creativity. I think more is possible but I am happy with my progress that I made this year. I believe that you can make similar gains in creativity and productivity if you follow my instructions and techniques as documented in this book. Please note, your mileage may vary depending on how hard you depress the gas peddle, how many times you hit the break and how often you stop for refueling!

Table of Contents
Writer’s Block Vaporized, Creativity Maximized! 1
Table of Contents 2
Dedication 7
Introduction 10
Forward 12
What Kind of books Would you like to Write? 17
Are you born with Creativity or can it be Learned? 21
Where does your Creativity and Imagination Come From? 22
So How Do I get out the Whip and force my Creativity to do My Bidding? 24
Inspiration not Perspiration 26
Inspiration from the Outside 27
Inspiration from within 29
Writer’s Flow 31
What are the signs of being in Flow? 32
How do I get into Flow? 34
Getting Serious and Making the time for Writing 35
Time Analysis Exercise 37
A True, Tragic Story of Putting off writing 39
A Personal Mantra of Writing 41
Make a Comfortable Writing Place 43
Free yourself from your body 44
Free Your Mind 45
Family Planning 46
Write on a Regular Basis 47
Destroy the Notion that words you commit to paper or the computer have to be perfect! 48
Rejoice! You have Just Written Three pages of Crap! 49
A Word about the Physical Security of your Writing 50
Setting up a computer for your writing 55
Word Processors 57
PDF Converters 58 Create an orderly filing system for all of your work 58
Create an orderly filing system for all of your work 59
Writer’s Block Vaporized! 61
White page fever 62
Remedies 64
Unrecognizable story syndrome 66
Cardboardous Characteritus 69
Excuseitous 71
Another Scary Story 74
Techniques for entering Flow 77
Brainstorming the tool for overcoming dead-ends and Stick Points 81
Advanced Methods of Improving and honing your creativity 83
Preloading your subconscious 83
Research 84
Training your subconscious 85
Writing Exercises 87
Outlines, scenarios, ideas written, recorded 87
Observations 87
Observation Lesson #1 88
Observation Lesson #2 88
Dialog Lesson #3 88
Dialog Lesson #4 89
Dialog Lesson #5 89
Lesson Examples 90
Example #1 90
Lesson Example #1 90
My Story Example #1 91
Example #2 96
Lesson Example #2 96
My Story Example #2 97
Example #3 107
Lesson Example #3 107
Flash Fiction Contests 115
The Value of entering Flash Fiction Writing Contests 116
Flash Lesson #1 118
My Flash Story #1 119
Flash Lesson #2 121
My Flash Story #2 122
Flash Lesson #3 125
My Flash Story #3 126
Flash Lesson #4 130
My story Follows: 130
My Flash Story #4 131
Ending and a New Beginning 136
References 137
Comments? 138
About the Author 139

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