Writing When You’re Tired, Bored, or in a Bad Mood


Wow! Excellent questions and ideas to help with writer’s block or angst. This will be very helpful.

Originally posted on The Book of J. M. Lord:

If you’re like most writers, you’ve probably had days when you just can’t get in the mood to write. Perhaps it’s a case of severe writer’s block where you’re staring at a blank screen thanks to a lack of drive or motivation. Maybe you’re tired after a long day at work. Or you’re just disillusioned and in a cranky mood thanks to life’s frustrations dragging you down and making you miserable. I find that times like these can actually prove to be a fertile source of new writing ideas and inspiration if you channel your thoughts properly.

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Defeating Writer’s Block 3: Do Not Edit


Wonderful insight for the perfectionist in us.

Originally posted on The Art of Writing:

I’m on this topic as I face a writer’s temptation, and to succumb to these snares sends one to the purgatory of a special kind of writer’s block. I write at a speed of approximately one chapter a night. Sometimes it’s more, often it’s less, but at a point I run into a wall and can’t move forward. At this point I take pleasure in the finer things in life, since I’ve already cleaned the house as an excuse not to write.

When I get closer to finishing, I do not appreciate this open space. I want to write all the time, dedicating every waking minute not at work to my literary pursuits, so there is now the temptation to edit. I want to print it out and start editing and fixing plot holes once I hit that wall of productive writing.

Often times, people don’t get this far without editing…

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Writer’s Block or Something Else???


Right now my brain feels as empty as the bubble above the lady’s head in the picture.   Well, maybe my head isn’t empty, per se.  :-) I’m just having a moment of writer’s block.  I’ll have an idea and begin to write something, but it doesn’t make sense or there’s no where for me to go next.  I thought about just posting a collaboration of my illiterate ramblings, but don’t want to embarrass myself.

I will admit that there is a lot going on right now in my personal life, so it is possible that my brain is just overloaded to where it cannot connect the dots.  So, while I get over this issue of creativity I thought for the month of August I’d post tips about writer’s block from other wonderful authors and bloggers from WordPress.  Enjoy!


XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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The story of Job (Stop blaming God for everything)


I intended to post a new short story this week, but after reading this post and watching the video I felt it would be more fitting. Please share your thoughts.

Originally posted on Chris Martin Writes:

A while back, I wrote a post entitled God on Trial. As Christians, we’ve been taught such a damaging view of God. That He allows bad things to happen. That He makes people sick in order to teach them something. It’s so nothow God is. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the enemy. God love us. He came to give us life more abundant.

People always bring up the story of Job in the Bible. Here is Todd White talking about that. If you truly open your heart to these words, it will rock your entire view of God. Don’t let Satan make you believe doctrines that aren’t true. Trust the Word of God.

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How Long Should Your Chapters Be?


This is a good guide on chapter length. Some authors that I have read will have 30+ chapters, but they are short. Others maybe 12-14, but many pages. I admit that with the latter, there have been some booksI’be read that should have broken up some chapters. I found myself feeling like I’d never get to the end or the point of the chapter. Not a good thing an author wants to hear from a reader.

Originally posted on ronovanwrites:

How Long Should Your Chapters Be?

by: Ronovan

Pick up any two books you have and you’ll likely find they vary in chapter length. Each author has their own style and preference.

To be honest this article isn’t about telling you which length is best. The story itself tells you where the cut off points are for a chapter. Don’t listen to a teacher or whoever about that. Sure an editor can help but when you are writing, get out of the way of the story.

I’ve written chapters 19 pages long and there wasn’t a place to break it up because everything needed to continue in order to flow properly. But then I’ve written chapters three pages long . . . maybe even less.

How do you pick a length? I mean there has to be some idea, right, some method?

As I’ve been writing for over 20 years…

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Creative Time


Seems like my most creative times are sitting in the park on a nice sunny day or bedtime. I don’t know how many times I scared my husband because I quickly jumped out of bed to write down the thoughts in my head. I guess if a fire ever breaks out and I jump up, he’ll just roll over til he smells smoke. Lol.

Originally posted on This Writer In Me:

As important as it is to have a Creative Space that can be utilized for inspiration and artistic expression, it is also important to have Creative Time.

As writers and artists, I’m sure we all know that most of our inspiring ideas come through dreams, or at times when we aren’t planning to have ideas. This is good and exciting, but it is also a good idea to make some time when you are purposefully creative and expressive.

I find though, that if I set an hour or so aside every day, obviously it varies for each person, their available time, when they have available time, and how much free time they have on any given day, but I set at least an hour aside for “being creative.” What I mean by that, is maybe I write for an hour, draw, sew, play my cello, anything that qualifies as art…

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Scalp Psoriasis – Ding dong the “witch” is dead….well, at least at bay

The interesting thing about looking at stats and likes is that it often tells us what kinds of things our readers and visitors like or find useful. One of the posts that have stuck out is the post I wrote in January about scalp psoriasis. Granted, the main purpose of me creating this blog was to hone writing skills and share information about the craft, but I’m not too proud or picky to exclude discussing other things. With that said, I’m happy to pass on information that may help someone else. And without further ado, I’ll share another update on my progress.

After the last post about scalp psoriasis, I had a couple of pea-sized patches to form. This was around the first part of March. One was in the back left side of my scalp, and the other on the left side about 2 inches above my ear. They didn’t itch. It was just annoying. I found them when I went to comb my hair. Low and behold, there was the infamous crust (gross, I know). So I did an inspection of my scalp and found that that was it. I grabbed my ointment and rubbed some on both spots. I only did it that one day. Since then, the patches have been gone, and nothing else has formed anywhere on my scalp.

Previously, I mentioned that foods or sodas could be the aggressor. Now I’m not so sure. I still drink mostly soda (I know, a bad habit), but it hasn’t caused any new flair ups. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a believer that the things we’re exposed to (internally and externally) can have effects on our well-being. The only thing different since March, is that I increased my Vitamin D, since my doctor said it was low. Maybe that helped with keep the problem at bay. Time will tell.

I would suggest anyone suffering with scalp psoriasis to consult with a doctor or dermatologist to rule out things that can create flair ups. While there is no cure for psoriasis, maybe sharing this type of information with doctors can help to narrow down culprits and hopefully make steps towards a cure.

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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Disclaimer: The above post is the opinion and experience of Melanie Dawnn, and should not be taken as medical advice.  Please consult with your physician or medical provider for health concerns.

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