Nostalgia City Mysteries

By Mark S. Bacon

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Who invented “writer’s block” anyway?

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Third of a three-part series

I just got a great idea. I’m writing the second installment of my Nostalgia City mystery series and in the middle of one chapter, my flow of words slowed to a trickle.  An idea occurred to me for an exciting, conflict-packed chapter later in the book, so I stopped what I was doing and wrote the chapter I’d just thought of.

This is good example of one way to avoid ever being at a loss for words: write what you’re most excited about first. That was one of the suggestions I covered last time in this three-part series on the make-believe scourge, writers block.

Here are my final three techniques to lubricate your creativity. Continue Reading →

Curing writer’s block forever

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There is no such thing as writer’s block. If you believe that, as I do, you’ll never be at a loss for words. A positive mental attitude can do more for your writing than half a lifetime of writing seminars and classes.  If you think that writing a particular story, chapter, email or report will be a laborious, mentally draining task, then it will be. If the idea of a block never occurs to you, however, or if you know you can communicate in writing, chances are you will keep on writing and writing and writing.

Temporary hesitation, rather than long-term paralysis, is the more common complaint. Every once in a while you may feel you’re searching in vain for just the right words. A positive attitude will help.

–Second in a three-part series–

If you need more, here is the second set of ideas to help you keep writing. Last time I covered: 1. using mock email to loosen up, 2.explaining “the whole idea” and 3. writing the easiest part first. Continue Reading →

Writer’s block doesn’t exist

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Cat got your tongue? Or your fingers? Suffering a serious case of writer’s block? Impossible. Writer’s block’s doesn’t exist.

You may think you’re blocked, but can you write a grocery list, an email to your mother, a love letter? Unless both of your hands are broken, chances are you can still write. The problem is simply with quality, not necessarily quantity.

Whether we’re working on the great American novel, an online post or a business report, we all have had times when our production slowed down and we felt at a loss for just the right words. That’s not the time to say we’re blocked,  to lament we’re not Hemingway or even Grisham and flip from MSWord to Angry Birds .

You can work your way out of it—and quickly—with my method for getting the words to start flowing. I developed the following techniques over many years and included them in my first book, Write Like the Pros, published by John Wiley & Sons. Some of the suggestions are shortcuts taken from journalists, others are just common sense ways to help you relax and practice. Continue Reading →

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