B is for Blocked

13 thoughts on “B is for Blocked”

  1. Oh, hon, I understand! But freewriting is the perfect tool for this kind of gap, and look–you still wrote today. Diana Glyer, writer and professor, talks about how you have to treat your writing ideas and your drafting stages as if they were little puppies hiding beneath the sofa, and if you kick them with your editor boots, they’ll run back underneath and hide and be hesitant to come out again. The writer hat is soft and floppy and allows the wearer to practice compassion with herself.

    P.S. Great alliteration in the last paragraph! LOL!

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  2. How could you know, Laura, that I’m sitting here, staring at the laptop, burned down to the socket after a full day in the classroom. The blog post for tomorrow is done, but I’m tired, facing the Camp NaNo 700 words. Heartened by your post, I’m going to open that NaNo file and do what I know I should do … which is to freewrite.

    I began teaching this concept to my writing students two years ago, using a kitchen timer. Ten minutes, no stopping, no backtracking. The quality of their finished work did not merely improve, it jumped off the scale.

    Thanks for the encouragement to let go and write. The more we do, the better our off-the-cuff writing becomes. I saw no blathering in what you wrote. It was more like sitting around your kitchen table. We don’t edit what we say, after all …

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