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    Writers block cure, YLJ style:



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    [YOUTUBE="0QdbeM2JWYE"]Rocky Road to Dublin[/YOUTUBE]

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    Waking up and walking out into:




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    Make one of these and stay out for the whole day.



    Bring food and your tattered self.

    Mightier than the tread of marching armies is the power of an idea whose time has come

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    Buy a doll or a stuffed animal that has the likeness of your character. Just before bed, sit that doll/stuffed animal on your lap and loudly think phrases and questions like “Why didn’t you attack the bad guy when he was powerless?” or “Tell me what you did in your freshman year of college.” Or “If it hadn’t been for (some story related circumstance), would you still have (something the character did)?”

    Go to bed with those thoughts on your mind. Keep a pad of paper, a pen, and a book light next to your bed. If the answer comes to you in the middle of the night, don’t wait until morning for you to write it down.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Do repetitive tasks that require you to move your hands
    • Like scrubbing a spot on the floor
    • Like sanding down a corner of a piece of furniture
    • Like hand writing the letter “e” over and over and over again
    • Like molding clay until it’s soft

    Much of the time, your mind wanders to new places that you simply wouldn’t get to if you sat at your computer and screamed “TYPE GOD DAMN IT” to yourself.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Copy the words of your most recent E-mails and paste them in a sentence scrambler program. Then, read through the lines of gibberish. Sometimes, you’ll get two or three word gems that will spark inspiration for a 12 paragraph paper.

    (Here is an example of some gibberish that I was able to get from one of these programs: nothing now formed there’s monsters, am to I tight land. It’s then they mildly one reader. gang combination stable the a still is to a use his shit possible infrequently moonlit the they see newly motivation pox.)

    It only seems like a colossal waist of time until you try it
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Sometimes writer’s block is the result of having only one perspective, one experience, one unvarying set of standard practices that you have thoroughly explored and exhausted all possible untapped creative avenues.

    In other words, sometimes there’s just too much fiber running through the shit canals of your mind (as one ranting gryphon put it) and the only way to purge yourself of those long lumpy ropes of writer’s block is to do something different for a change.

    Try something that you usually do in one way, a different way. Try gaining some new experiences.
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    Here is a list of suggestions:

    • Take a hot soaking bath in the middle of the night with the lights off. (Once everyone has gone to bed, and your house is therefore silent)
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    • Read a passage in a book word for word backwards.
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    • Try communicating a concept with smells and colors only. (If you want to say “I am sad” you might try “Blue-purple-black. Strong mint and black liquorish.”) Or how about the more complex statement, “I am getting sadder.” --- “Yellow- light pink and vanilla. Green and peach smell. Green blue. Dark blue.
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    • Buy a pair of cheep sunglasses (no more than 2 dollars) and take them home and hold the lenses over a fire. Let the plastic warp and discolor. Once the glasses are cool enough to touch (and are not emitting noxious fumes) ware them all day or until your eyes adjust. At the same time, bandage up your ears so that you hear muffled voices the entire time. (I suggest you do this if you have all day to be alone). Do anything else that you can think of that will cut off your ability to sense things properly (that does not involve harming yourself.)
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Think of how someone or something that is not within your demographic in any important way (For example: not male, not human, not bipedal, not mortal, not an English speaker, etc.) Now start thinking of common things (Cell phones, pointy roofed houses, green lawns rimmed by sidewalk, diet coke, white tiled bathrooms) and thinking about how that person or thing would think about those items.

    Example: This is what a an animal that has spent much of its life in the wild might think plates and bowls:

    ------“Humans have an interesting sanitary behavior when it comes to feasting on meals. They eat off of broad, shallow circular seashell like items that allow all food items to remain discreetly separated from both the raised eating platform and the floor beneath. This behavior must be a vestigial practice to prevent dirt from clinging to the base of moist foods that normally occurs if one eats directly off the ground. Such a practice of venturing to the beach, finding suitably sized seashells, and then modifying them to be perfectly rounded far outweighs any potential illnesses that they could contract. Especially considering the fact that their entire “eating area” has similar, virtually sterile, polished stones lining the floors. In the unlikely event that they did catch a sickness, they would soon build immunities to such pathogens anyway.”-----
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Make a list of the kinds of opinions that your character has. Is your character a dog? How then does he view leashes? Is your character a pot head? How then does he view crime rates?
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Do some Positive Feedback to yourself:
    Never say phrases like “This paper will be tough, but I’ll somehow manage” Wording like that holds the seed of doubt with phrases like “This paper will be tough.” You’re just giving your subconscious an excuse to fail.

    Instead, rephrase every thought into things like this: “This paper will be a blast to write” or “This subject is easy as pie.”

    Don’t let your internal monolog include words like “won’t, can’t, isn’t, shouldn’t, doesn’t, hasn’t” even if you are saying things like “This won’t be a problem.”

    Also, try listing 15 absolutely true things that you have strong memories of (Example: I like grape-coolaid, I took the bus this morning, my father bought me these clothes) and then say “I have the answer” or “My paper is good” even if you haven’t written anything yet.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Here’s a writing prompt:
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    • Make a list of 6 objects that have nothing to do with one another (Example: computers, bullet lists, bubbles, cats, ink pens, waste length hair, orange tree, hammers, tooth decay, newspapers, woven patterns in cloth)
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    • List the objects by number (Example: 1# computers, 2# bullet list, etc.)
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    • Now, place each item in the correct blank in the following sentences
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    • “This is a story about a _4#_ in a struggle to avoid death. The story takes place from within a _#6_, with the main character in constant opposition against a _5#_. The time line of the story is no longer than the time it takes for a _2#_ to outlive its usefulness. The story begins with a close relative of _4#_ deciding to become a _3_, but that relative is killed in the process. The story climaxes with _4#_ using a _1#_ to outwit _5#_. Recovering scrambled or destroyed data is a major part of the first act”
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    • Do you think you could write this story?
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Pick a number between one and ten. Now pick a second number. And a third.
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    1. Your character is blind
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    2. Your character is too weak to move from his/her current position
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    3. Your character has memory loss and knows nothing about himself/herself and does not speak any language (but he/she does know how he feels about things.)
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    4. Your character is somehow prevented from going outside of any of these 4 different places.
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    5. Your character has a very limited diet and ends up starving in a land of plenty
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    6. Your character is a sprite, a spirit, a demon, an angle, or an alien who looses his/her abilities and becomes human for a period of two months
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    7. Your character is the only member (species) of his kind.
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    8. Your character is with a group of 10 others
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    9. Your character is given the chance to transform his/her clan (tribe) into a mighty empire
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    10. Your character changes shape into whatever living thing he eats

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    Now, Write a scene or a story.

    (You must write something no matter how the qualifications compound. I specifically took the idea of a character who is blind, too weak to move, and has memory loss from an excellent story I found online many years ago. The story begins with the character “Floating freely in space, lifting one weak arm and feeling his body- and finding that it has been truncated [surgically hacked down]” The story goes on to say that he is a pet in a store [he knows because he can hear others of his kind “mewling”] and he is taken home by a woman who teaches him language by holding up objects for him to feel and saying the name of that object.)
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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