Reasons for NOT Writing… #8 : “I’ve hit The Wall.”

    PART 2 KEEPING GOING “Next to the defeated politician, the writer is the most vocal and inventive griper on earth. He sees hardship and unfairness wherever he looks….

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #7 : “I can’t get started.”

Reason #7 : “I can’t get started.” It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #6 : “I’m not in the mood.”

Reason #6 : “I’m not in the mood.” “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” — Isabelle Allende   It’s Monday morning,…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #5 : “I’m not qualified.”

Reason #5 : “I’m not qualified.” “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach   Can I let you in on a secret? My knowledge of…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #4 : “I need to research this.”

Reason #4 : “I need to research this.” “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller   The need for research is a doozy of an excuse for…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #3 : “My mind’s a blank.”

Reason #3 : “My mind’s a blank.” “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London   Perhaps the most common question…

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Reasons for NOT Writing #2 : “I got distracted”

Reason #2 : “I got distracted” You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one. – Tom Kite We’ve all been there. Five minutes after settling into a…

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Reasons for NOT Writing #1 : “I don’t have time!”

    PART 1 GETTING STARTED “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” – Robert Heinlein    …

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Reasons for NOT Writing & How to Overcome Them – Introduction

Introduction “An incurable itch for scribbling takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breasts.” – Juvenal (circa 100 AD) On 1 September 1995, Jim Grant sat down…

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