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I hate dry spells in writing. I feel guilty that I have not written in a while. This guilt then turns me away from writing which is the exact opposite of accomplishing anything productive. So what did I do during this period of “no-writing”? Well, I read some great literature, took a couple of college courses and I vegged in front of the TV. Not a lot of writing. When you have to write lesson plans, reports and other forms of documents, then creative writing seems to take a back seat.

This will have to change this next year. 2019 will be the year of more creative stories and time to write some poetry. I recently read that “Improving your writing through the practice and study of poetry forces you to whip out your magnifying glass and look at your writing up close. Whether you apply poetic concepts to fiction, blogging, or article writing, your engagement with poetry will help you produce better writing.” (https://www.writingforward.com/better-writing/poetry-helps-you-improve-your-writing)

I do not plan to just jump head first into writing poetry. Studying and reading other famous poets will help me get my juices flowing. I have written some poetry in the past. Writing poetry will help me flex those brain muscles I have not used in a while. Let me know what helps you get over your dry spells in writing in the comments below.

Good luck to everyone’s writing in the new coming year!

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There are so many different reason’s for a writer to develop writer’s block. I have had this off and on for years. The main reason for mine is: too many ideas to capture on paper. That’s right. My muse is working over time and delivering me too many ideas for a new project. I need the muse to complete a project now. The dedication it takes to sit and write for hours with no interruptions is what I need. I love to read and re-reading what I wrote is another reason for writer’s block. I can forget to write because I will be reading what I wrote.
What is your reason for writer’s block? Share what you do to move past it.

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Amanda Morris, Ph.D.

That’s right. I said it. There is no such thing as writer’s block.

When writers become stuck in their process, the usual suspect causes are procrastination, fear, doubt, lack of research, lack of brainstorming, lack of idea-brewing time, lack of purpose, anxiety (about the subject matter, a deadline, etc.), diminished passion for the existing work, uncertainty, and a desire for perfection (knowing instinctively that this is impossible). I may have missed some, but these are the essential blocks to a writer’s progress at any stage of the writing process.

Let’s look at a few and think about how to deal with them.

Procrastination. We all do it. We know the paper, article, essay, story is due and we put it off, usually for one of the other reasons on the above list. Also, maybe we are so damned busy at work and at home that there is just no…

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