“You’ve Been Too Gone, For Too Long” Randy Travis

Hi Everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve had any updates and I promise to rectify that immediately. I wish I could say that I’ve been terribly busy with all kinds of exciting things but, the truth is, I just couldn’t think of anything to write. Well, I still don’t know what to write but the reality is that I need to write.

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“Blocked” Unknown Photographer

 

Somewhere back in my dimly recalled youth some wise person said that one should “write through writer’s block.” At the time, I thought “that’s ridiculous, how can a person write if they have writer’s block?” The truth is you must write through it, and the strangest part: it works! The idea was to just begin by writing nonsense, essentially whatever popped into your head, until it triggered something that made sense. After some starting point was established, you could begin to flesh out the idea. This may take a few words or a few pages. In the end, though, you should be able to get some kind of headway established even if you end up deleting half of your writing.

In my college days I wrote almost constantly. It seemed like every day required at least 1000 or more words on some subject. There were definitely days where words would not come or nothing sounded right no matter how many times I re-wrote it. It was at those points where this idea came back to me. Sometimes, I would end up incorporating psychology terms into song lyrics just to get some words on the paper (obviously, those were changed into my own words and formal ideas before being handed in!) The main goal was to stimulate the creative juices in any way possible.

Now I can’t swear to that particular idea working for everyone, but it worked for me. If you have doubts, I will admit that method is responsible for this article. It didn’t start out as complete nonsense, the germ of an idea was there, yet the words still needed to be found and arranged into something more.

What’s really great about modern writing is that we don’t have to waste paper and other resources in “finding our sound” so to speak. We can cut and paste and edit to our heart’s content without filling a wastebasket in the process. If you need to write 10 pages of gobbledygook to come across an idea, go ahead! No one is going to know how long it took to get there or how many Floyd songs you “artistically altered” trying to come up with an idea!

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