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Okay, show of hands…who has never suffered from writer’s block? Yep, that is as I suspected. I see no hands. SO, how do you cure the horrible disease?

Exercise your mind. Plain and simple. You see, writer’s block happens when your mind is over-worked, tired and plain worn out. By exercising your mind you get the mojo flowing and your muse wakes up from her sleep to get you in the flow.

So I have carefull crafted some writing exercises, designed to kick-start your mind with a creative espresso shot. Similar to writing prompts, these exercises give you a start, a beginning sentence, a once upon a time moment.

Take a gander at them and try one on for size.

There are more where these came from, but here are 5 to start with. Let me know I they work for you, because they certainly help me.

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As writers we must all learn how best to inspire our inner muse to get the mojo flowing. Some writers experience that all consuming moment where their hands fly across the keys or their pen across the paper. words appear from thin air. Sentences form and before we know it, we have written something. Without even thinking, we have created…something.

I love that time, don’t you? I mean seriously, that is the most enviable moment. A moment of pure bliss. A moment when rejection letters slip away, the voice on our shoulder, telling us we aren’t good enough, is stilled. It is a moment when we really believe we are writers.

Of course the counterpart to that moment is when we are suffering the infamous writer’s block. A time when sentences wont come together no matter how hard we try. A simple word eludes us and our thoughts are in shambles. A time when you will leterally shoot the next person that speaks to you. Well, maybe not literally shoot them…but hey you get the idea. You all know what I am talking about.

SO…to make me feel better in those days, to inspire me and motivate me; I have quotes. Words from people who have been there and feel my pain. Here are a few I am going to share with you. Dwell on the words, breathe them in and let them course through you like blood through your veins.

“[writing] is measured on a diferent scale, a different continuum from the rest of the world. five minutes of pure attention to an emerging poem is longer than a week of clocks an hours.” Peter Davison

“[as i enter this state] words come easily from that reservoir i sometimes believe i have, but never quite know how to tap. This is when time ceases to exist, when all my senses are focused on writing; this s the closest I will ever come to an out of body experience, and in the end it is the possibility of re-creating these moments that keep me going as a writer.” Faye Moskowitz
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Scott Adams

 ”Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.”
John Ruskin

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
John Ruskin

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”
Robert Fritz

“The ideal way to work on a project is to ask a question you don’t know the answer to.”
Francis Ford Coppola

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