Is Writer’s Block Becoming A Common Excuse For You?

Post these affirmations to your desk or on your computer when Writer’s Block becomes too familiar to you:

1) My greatest piece is yet to come.
2) I can write. I have knowledge, wisdom, and discernment.
3) I have a “camera eye” for ideas.
4) I will write at least one page today.
5) I will write beautifully like an impressionist painter who does art.
6) I have a way with words.
7) My mind absorbs everything around me.
8) I will submit at least one piece for publication this month.
9) I have the courage to talk to anyone about achieving my writing goals.
10) I will get one piece accepted for publication this month.

Further, read an inspiring story or book about someone who did something courageous. Then, writing won’t seem so daunting. For example, I suggest the book, “Across African Sand,” by Phil Deutschle. He was stalked by lions, charged by a herd of enraged elephants, and he encountered poisonous snakes in his travels. Is writing that scary?

Finally, just tell yourself that Writer’s Block is for blockheads and that you are intelligent. You are an intelligent person because you choose to write and keep learning about things.

Write, simply write!

Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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3 Responses to Is Writer’s Block Becoming A Common Excuse For You?

  1. Merrill Ann Gonzales says:

    Hi, Charlotte, I find that when I’m not feeling well, it’s difficult to concentrate on what I want to write, so I turn my attention to why I’m not feeling well, and try to find metaphors for it…. The saying that the earth is a metaphor…. there are so many changing aspects and moods of the earth, the sky, the sea…. there’s sure to be a metaphor that fits…. so when I’m done the whole experience has not been a loss. I rather mistrust goals, though. The path in that direction always has a turning point in it to something else…. I just go with it and follow where it leads.

  2. miny says:

    love the list! adding it tto my desktop now

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