January 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Mental Health, Psychology, Writing, Writing and Life | 11 Comments
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For months, I haven’t been able to write. If you read my last blog post you will know that a combination of fear and lethargy have shackled me.

Last week, my writing group had a social get-together. We talked about our writing,  shared stories, ate lunch and drank tea or coffee or water, and laughed a lot.

Make time to write

The day after that, I began going back through the 19 chapters I’d already written to get into the mood and the story again..

After that, I wrote another chapter, one that linked chapters 15 and 16. I discovered that I had already written over 38,500 words on my second Y.A. novel, Thursday’s Child. I had no idea I had written so much.

Then yesterday morning, two of the group and myself had a “write-in”, sitting at a picnic table in a local park. Our challenge was to write as many words as we could on our individual projects. We had short chats about our writing, regular writing, and also speed writing sessions – as many words as possible in 15 minutes bursts.The park, with F-Jetty through the trees.

It was all aimed at getting us to just write. To get words on paper, without thinking, and see where those words took us.

For me, it was fantastic. The chapter I was working on flowed, and in a direction I had not expected.


Today, I went to the same park with my husband. We went for a walk along the lake shore, then he lay on the bed in our camper van to read, while I sat at the same picnic table as before and just wrote.

From the two days’ writing, I have a full chapter that I am quite happy with.

All this time, I have been afraid to write. Now, with the help of my writing friends, I have made the leap from fear and immobility  to excitement and fluency.

How good is that!


(c) Linda Visman

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