How to Write: Life After Writer’s Block

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Don Quixote

“Show me how.”

Sooner or later, everyone either says those words, or hears those words directed at themselves.

I repeat, for emphasis: “Show me how.”

Game on. Let’s give you now only one communication tool – the written word. Your task is to communicate a message or a set of instructions to someone you have never met before. Yes, you need to tell someone else how to do something. There is no possibility of interaction between you, the writer, and your audience, the reader.

Here’s the prompt: “Choose a common or everyday task, menial, nothing big, except you are familiar with the task. You know how to do it. Now, try to describe it to your reader in a fun/interesting way, or shed some new light on something, see things from a different perspective.

OK? Here goes:

Writer’s block is what happens when you don’t know what you want to write about. If you did know, you would be writing, right? At least, that is what it seems like to me. For some reason, or other, you are blocked. On paper, you have nothing. On your computer screen, you have nothing. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.

Well, here’s a tip: forget about it. Go find another life for yourself that does not involve writing. After all, how hard can it be to just simply stop writing? Since you’re blocked anyway, it would not be so difficult to just go along with the flow.

Like Bruce Lee said: “Be water my friend.” Go with the flow. Turn off your computer, put down your pen and paper, and go live your life. When you have something you want to write about, you have to write about, you need to write about, then return to the scene of the crime. Return to your computer, sit down and write.

Writer’s block is not the end of the world. Open your arms wide, embrace it, and keep on living. I think you will be surprised what will happen. Life itself will give you something to write about. Writer’s block is just a way of telling us that we need to not let the writing interfere with living.

Well, as you can see, I’m always writing. I never have writer’s block. Writing is living for me. Writing is like breathing, eating, sleeping, playing, singing, dancing, etc. You get the picture. Writing is life and life is writing. Writer’s block is for people who have forgotten to live, and let’s face it, when you forget to live, it’s because you are already dead.

If you are already dead, why bother writing about it?

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Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon http://amzn.to/Qxmoec . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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