Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Writer's Block? Get Unstuck

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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Writer's Block? Get Unstuck

 

On one of my other blogsites, my original Fishhawk Lake blogsite; I recently had a comment that went like this:

First of all I would like to say excellent blog!
I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you
do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.

He went on:

I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Thank you!

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It happens to all of us! 

I come from a long line of writers on my mom’s side of the family. Granny, my mom and my sister are/were fantastic writers, each in their own right. We are all avid readers, which helps, too.  I always wrote in diaries since childhood. Poetry, tall tales (for school classes; I even wrote one called The Whale That Blew Square Bubbles), I fancied myself writing a novel in the 8th grade about being a teenager surrounded by all of those southern personalities that were in my life at the time while living in Richmond, VA. I did not write it. Probably a good thing, although it might have been therapeutic!

This is what I said in response to the comment:

 

 

I’ll be happy to answer your question. Thank you for enjoying my blog. I’ve written since I was a kid, so honestly, it’s been intrinsic. But, to jumpstart you, why not do stream-of-consciousness writing? Don’t THINK too much. Pick up your pen, or your pad, keyboard and just GO, without self-editing. Go as long as you can without stopping until you simply run into the proverbial mental wall!
OR: jot down several small sentences, or phrases. Then, walk away and come back and look at them. You could even do a group of topic choices or lead in sentences and hit save. As a writer, I put them in draft and come back to them, re-reading them with “fresh eyes”, as if for the first time. That way, it’s as if you are reading your work with the frame of mind of being someone else. It can also help you catch misspelled words, run-on sentences and such.

Hope this helps! 

 

I found a post in doing research about writer's block that was silly but really informative, called 27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer's Block.  The author, Henneke Duistermaat also put a hyphen after this and wrote: how to boost your blog traffic, which is what also got my attention. 

#2 was particularly amusing;

2. Curse like a sailor

As this author wrote, writing is an emotion. If you are inspired, no matter what it takes to jumpstart you, then as fellow humans, we may also be inspired. Write a rant, but be sure and put it in draft first, then go back and decide if it's worth putting out there. Because once it's OUT, you can't take it back. 

 

 

Then there was #6

6. Stop writing for your readers

I'm sure that Thoreau didn't plan his writings around people. His writing came from this deep deep place in his heart that nature tapped into and he wrote very privately, as if it were simply a diary. We later got to be a part of his musings and the way that he interwove his love of the smallest moments in his daily routine and incorporated many quotes from history and philosophers that he felt inspired by has made him a timeless writer for generations to come. It was almost secretive in how he wrote, and I don't think he cared a whit about who was going to read it. Being such a solitary person, I wonder if he just wrote to keep himself company when he wasn't wandering outside for miles and miles? 

 

 Here's one of my ideas (thanks to reading the wacky 27):

Write silly titles /Make yourself laugh

Just make a list of funny, twisted, bizarre titles and don't hold back! Be a goof! Put them in draft and keep the list going. Every now and then, one of those titles could cause you to tap into that writer's magic and send you skyrocketing with ideas! 

I have a bunch of funny cards that I have bought through the years. Some are so delightful that I will never send them. I just like to get them out once in a while and laugh! 

One was a get well card and on the front it said:

For symptoms of COLDS and Flu, i recommend THREE (3) quarts of PRUNE JUICE after every meal…..

it doesn’t do much for a fever, but you sure think TWICE before you SNEEZE!

 Get Well Soon

 

Laughter can freshen your soul and your psyche. 

 

Three writers on ActiveRain whom I always enjoy are Debb Janes, Alexandra Seigel and Carla Muss-Jacobs and here is what they sometimes do for blogging ideas:

Debb Janes and I are runners and she had recently told me that she was working out a blogpost in her head while running. (It was marvelous, a writing about who should star on your business cards, it spurned lots of discussion and comments and she was recently in The Daily Drop). This came after a MeetUp we had that she and Rene Fabre (another fabulous writer) co-sponsored. I do that all of the time, too (get ideas while running). What's tough is if you don't have a photographic memory and nowhere to write it down if you're doing something unrelated! This happens to me when I'm in the shower, too. Sometimes, when I can't sleep, ideas will pop into my head, A suggestion: keep a pad near your bedside or in your vehicle. You of course can't do that in the shower, but you get the idea!

 

Alexandra Seigel finds copious amounts of blogging material by simply going to the Farmer's Market, or taking a walk on a beach (Musings coming from Writings in the Sand) in Southern California with her husband, Ron or visiting high-end retailers to get more fodder for writing about their continuous running theme of luxury branding. 

Carla Muss-Jacobs found that she had something like 60 drafts (Summer Blogging Inspirations!) waiting in her ActiveRain draft category. I've never had that many, but I have gone as far as simply writing a blogpost title, repeat the text in the body of the post and hit save (after picking out a topic) and then come back to it later. So, if she gets stuck, she has lots to fall back on! 

There are SO MANY incredibly talented and inspiring writers in our realm, that could be mentioned here. Feel free! 

 

And if you feel so inclined, share some of your ideas, struggles and sensations for putting yourself back into "Writer's Mode". And even feel free to rant, if you'd like, but play nice, 'cause I won't delete it! 

 

P.S. I will be in an inspection first thing, so I will respond to your comments later...

 

 

 

 

 

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What a wonderful inspiring real life gritty kind of creators voice you have in this post! Me too, I've been writing and composing since childhood. As much as I have created it's still easy for me to think myself into a corner if I'm not careful. But I'm such a stream of conciousness kind of guy and remind myself what I need to say, express, explore, the world presents to me everyday so take it on.

Now days I'm reminded and  paraphrase a favorite Mark Twain quote: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." Thus said, I now find myself old enough I now believe I've out lived the rules. I simply attempt to do what I want, what's in front of me honestly and not over think it.

Truth be known, most often, I'm not very fast at creating anything (though I love it when it happens). Some ideas need time, others do not. In the end the audience decides, but more importantly I opted for the journey. I understand that about me and try to accept the realities of being inquisitive and wanting to go deep. I think sometimes it's more about being chosen than it is about choosing. 

I don't think about SEO all that much anymore or topic sentences, perfect English structure, or form (all of which I was totally obsessed with for decades). Not that I divorce myself from form substance and structure. I love them all. I just don't want to be a slave to them and simply want to tell a story. And, I, the relentless perfectionist, which is often how I get into trouble with myself, remind me that "this" post just might not be my very best of the best. I give it my best, but some days are just better than others and that's the way it is.

 

It's a process, a journey, the fabric of life to me. Create create create! Sometimes exceptional things happen, other time's, "Yawn, that was okay, I think."

To be fully engaged in creating a piece, project, post or whatever is like collaborating with the universe. There's always so many wonderful things that take place during and after. It's the only life I know and my driving force. 

Aug 22, 2014 11:19 AM #7
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A whale that blew square bubbles?  Very fun.  I read once that Mr. Stephen King likes small town gas stations and cafe's for the grafitti and ideas born.  Musing while running sounds much better.

Aug 22, 2014 11:22 AM #8
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Gayle- there are days when I can't think of a thing to write, and others when i get several ideas.   The reason i love posts like yours is that they give me a "go to" place on days when i just don't know what to say.

Aug 22, 2014 12:20 PM #9
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Kristin, when you give yourself free reign, it's amazing what can happen. Genuine abandon can create some pretty remarkable stuff!

Debb, that was one of my points, when doing stream-of-consciousness writing, it really is tapping into that sense of flow, no-holds-barred. I've done it, and it's very VERY freeing. You definitely get out of your head. 

Alexandra! If I could give a star for best (most profound) remarks in the fewest words, you would win, hands down!

Sheila, you definitely speak in the now. And I'm VERY excited to see you work off of your photography (which is good, by the way)as a must towards your future blogposts. 

Patty, thank you for appreciating that card--it even makes me laugh to think about it!

Fred, gift of gab I'm not happy with, but gift of writing, I AM. It means so much more.

Oh my goodness, Rene`, can I tell you how much you and I are in sync in this comment of yours?? You could write a whole SERIES of blogs in all of the honest, "from-your-gut" sentences that you spilled upon this page! I will have to come back and read it over and over again. I love you for your willingness to spill out your real SELF. To be completely honest in your vulnerability, your diehard willingness to show us the trueness of who you were and who you ARE. I love this and I love you! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

Mark, I have to say that musings while running is more "friendly" to the soul than graffiti in small-towns gas stations, but, what-the-heck, whatever it takes to inspire you I'm all over it!

Kathy, what a wonderful compliment! I NEVER look at you as having one of those "freeze" moments in your ability to come up with a post...see, we all have it happen once in a while!

 

Aug 22, 2014 01:55 PM #10
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Gayle... you inspire me and call me out, I must admit. Thank you so very much for your kind comments. That's the thing isn't it, as you make the point in #6. Writing is a private thing that is later made public. It's not public performance, persay, though in blogging I wonder sometimes. You have a wonderful writing style and what I appreciate is you're always observing something, going somewhere, think about something and it's like we get to look over your shoulder to see what you see. You share! I always feel like I get to go for a ride and I love that! ~ Namaste

Aug 22, 2014 03:48 PM #11
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Most of the time my mind is on my profession (Sundays excluded) so I'm constantly thinking about real estate.  It's just how I roll.  So I concentrate on things that lighten my day and write about trivia.  Don't get a lot of hits but that's not what I'm out for.

Aug 22, 2014 08:12 PM #12
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This is great advice for bloggers.

My frequent solution is to start with a photograph.

Aug 23, 2014 01:14 AM #13
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HI Gayle,

You are terrific! So are the bloggers you mentioned in your post! You each give me inspiration and motivation; encouragement too!

I don't think I'd like AR as much if it wasn't for all of you!

Aug 23, 2014 02:06 AM #14
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Gayle~ Freeform writing without editing has always worked very well for me when I'm stuck. It really doesn't happen all that often.

Aug 23, 2014 07:40 AM #15
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Thank you Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 for this very helpful information and loved your post on the gifts from Ribbet as well.

Aug 23, 2014 12:08 PM #16
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Rene~, kindred spirits and enough said. 

James, ahhhhh, now it makes sense!

Roy, THAT is my muse often as well. 

You as well, dear Patricia. Right back acha!

Donna, well, you're pretty darned lucky, missy! (Actually, I don't get stuck much, either).

 

Aug 23, 2014 12:15 PM #17
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Kathy! I JUST commented and there you WERE! I actually said, OH!! out loud!

Thank you so much, what a delight to be part of your weekly post, as I always love those...packful of interesting information. 

 

Aug 23, 2014 12:17 PM #18
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This is good advice.  BUT, that looks like a spam comment.  If you accepted it, you will likely get a whole bunch more as you've already approved that commenter.  If I were you, I would delete/mark as spam.  If you really want to keep the comment, then copy & paste it and add it yourself.  I have seen very similar comments multiple times on my site.  Often, once you approve a comment, they can leave other comments on your posts without you needing to approve.

Aug 23, 2014 10:04 PM #19
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Thanks to Kathy including you in her weekly posts I got to come over and meet you... Gayle... glad I did... Happy Da

Aug 24, 2014 12:44 AM #20
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Debbie, okay, thank you...but whatever it is, it spurned me on to write this post--so it's all good!

Richard and Beth, thanks to Kathy from many of us who get a little weekly spotlight shown on us! Nice to meet you as well. 

 

Aug 24, 2014 03:29 AM #21
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Good morning Gayle. So far, I don't have a reference point for not having anything to blog about. You are so right about writing something down, for me the writing something down is always a title and the rest just happens.

Make it a great week!

Aug 24, 2014 08:06 PM #22
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I will re-blog this post today. Thanks so much for sharing your blogging advice.

Aug 24, 2014 11:07 PM #23
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Joe, I was going to give a nod to you as well (something along the lines of who would think finance blogs could be so interesting?!) but I ran out of time--so now I've said it! 

Roy, thank you my friend! I'm most appreciative

Aug 24, 2014 11:36 PM #24
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Writer's block or laziness - not sure which malady I suffer but I am in awe of you as you seem to create great, relevant and interesting blogs every time!  Thank you Gayle, you are such a delight!

Aug 25, 2014 11:59 PM #25
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Joanna, it helps me to take those runs and clear my head! Just remembering all of the random thoughts by the time I come back is a challenge sometimes. Running with a tape recorder is not do-able!!!

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