Lucid Writing Advice
by Antavius S. Flagg
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The five most common things that keeps you from writing:
Your not in the mood.
Your sick, and your fingers are slow at the keyboard.
Your head hurts because your sick and tired to pounding at a glowing
You donít have the time, going out and having fun, is more exciting than
Your simply discouraged to do so, or have writers block.
There are countless things that can keep you from writing, and the sad
reality of it all is that we allow it to happen. Iím sure that half the people
reading this are already writing comfortably and just want a few minutes of
relaxation. The other half Iím sure will swallow these words like candy.
Whatever you do, however, be willing to acknowledge that writing is something
that takes time, and if you rush time, you can create hideous creations.
YOUR NOT IN THE MOOD
Donít fret, your not the only one. I used to have the problem of waking up
everyday and challenging myself to sit at the keyboard. Typing for hours on end
seemed a daunting dream. But there are ways to conquer your mood swings:
Donít listen to yourself, if your mind says donít write, then write. If you
are in an excellent mood to write, steady yourself for a few hours, and then
sit at the keyboard.
Donít exercise on a full stomach. Just because it is your mind and not your
body doing the work, it can function badly if you have not eaten a good
breakfast or lunch. To a writer, the mind is of high importance. So feed it.
After youíve typed for hours, and you have realized that the sun is long
gone, go to bed. Youíll probably end up dreaming or formulating plans for your
story. This is a good thing. Its shows that your mind is still active. Wake up
the next morning, devour every food in sight, and sit at your keyboard to type.
Thoughts from the previous night will flow through your fingers and into the
Last, but not least, dare yourself to do the impossible. If you get into the
habit of creating 5 or 6 pages a day, then you soon loose the feeling of not
being in the mood. Setting goals, and living up to them, will forces you to do
YOUR SICK, AND YOUR FINGERS ARE SLOW AT THE
No one, unless your a character in a poorly written novel, can always
prevent what happens to them. Being sick is a fact of life. If your seriously
sick however, you should certainly follow the doctorís orders.
A common cold, tooth ache, or even a sprain ankle, is no detriment to a
If all you could do was to type 1 or 2 pages a day when your sick, you have
made a great accomplishment. Just think, if your sick twenty or ten days out of
a year you could manage 20 pages, not counting the days when your healthy.
But be careful. Typing when sick can cause you to lose interest, and thus
hurt your manuscript. Like medicine, type when needed and donít
YOUR HEAD HURTS BECAUSE YOUR SICK AND TIRED OF POUNDING AT A
This is very reminiscent of what I described above, but this is sometimes
done on purpose. Like me, you probably have every blind and light cut off when
you sit down to type. The only source of discernible light in the entire house
is the computer monitor.
You sit for hours, trapped in the dance of creating your characters.
Ignoring the ringing of the phone. Lost in the essence of your inner self.Next Page
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