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7 Reasons You’ve “Got Nothing” April 20, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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IMGP4187Have you ever struggled  to write and come up empty-handed?

Even after looking in the  nooks and crannies and  under the seat cushions, you’ve got nothing.

Nada.  Zilch.

Perhaps you know the reason why.

If not, here are 7 possible reasons why  your thoughts have stopped flowing:

1.  Your muse has gone missing.  It happens ~ especially when the sun is  shining.  Sometimes, even the most steadfast muse would rather be outside reading a book or watching the birds.

2.  You’re saving up words for NaNoWriMo.  Maybe you’ve decided that not writing now will leave you with enough words to complete a 50,000 word novel in November.

Hmm . . . abstinence from writing may not be the best training strategy for NaNoWriMo.  I’ve never heard of athletes training for a marathon by sitting on the couch flipping through channels rather than running around the track.

3.  You’ve said everything worth saying.  You’ve plumbed the depths of your rants and raves.  You’ve shared all you care to share.  You’ve scrolled through previous posts and there is nothing you’ve overlooked.  Perhaps it’s time for a new hobby.

4.  You’re too busy living life and having fun.  Unlike celebrating,  exercising,  playing tourist, eating, chilling, and any number of other pursuits, writing is rather solitary.  Perhaps you’ve tired of spending so much time alone.

5.  You have S.A.D.  (Seasonal Author Disorder).   S.A.D. may be triggered by the Vernal Equinox, the switch to D.S.T., and/or the change of seasons (from winter to spring or summer to fall).   Writers suffering from  S.A.D. experience decreased productivity until they re-acclimate to the shift.

6.  You’re burned out from blogging.  Dealing with blog trolls  and daily WordPress prompts has sucked the creative essence from your writing.

7.  You couldn’t think of anything else to give up for Lent.  Don’t worry.  Lent is almost over and you’ll be back on track in no time.

Quote:  “Don’t write because you want to say something, write because you have something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

No rules.  Just write!

Have you ever experienced “writer’s block”?  What did you do when your muse went missing? Did it return?

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Show Me How ~ Give-Away! April 20, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink.
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Vivian Kirkfield’s blog, Positive Parental Participation, is a gold mine of ideas for busy parents of tiny tots and toddlers, as well as for grandparents, teachers, daycare providers, and babysitters.

In her daily posts, Vivian shares:

  • picture book stories for young children.
  • story summaries and gentle parenting tips.
  • simple eco-friendly arts and crafts projects.
  • easy healthful child-friendly recipes.

 Now you have a chance to win a FREE copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Esteem Through Reading, Crafting, and Cooking during the Hoppy Easter  Eggstravaganza Blog Hop.

The giveaway begins at 12:01am Wednesday, April 20th and ends Monday, April 25th at 11:59pm.

To enter:  visit Positive Parental Participation, subscribe, and leave a comment for Vivian.

Tell her that Peter Cottontail sent you . . .

Happy Blog Hopping!