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Ever felt that moment when, in the middle of a story, you become stuck? This can happen to all writers. 
   
   Here are ten simple suggestions to guide you when, “writer’s block,” and other obstacles occur. 




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Have faith in yourself!  

   You know the saying by Henry Ford, "If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!"

   What we say to ourselves is important.  Remember back when you did well at something. I’m sure there were stumbling blocks to overcome, you pushed through and it happened.

If you hit that spot again, remind yourself of your past successes.


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Get started! 

   Sometimes, starting a project or writing a story is hard but it won’t happen until you start.
Even if you start with fifteen minutes a day, it's better than not writing anything at all.
The good news is, once you begin, you may not want to stop.

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

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Make time! 

   Create a specific schedule to write each day. When are you the most productive? In the morning or evening? Notice when you are full of ideas and use that time the best to your ability.


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Follow a routine.

   Once you figured out when your ideas come, create a routine to write. Stick to your plan every day.
   Morning seems the best for me. Afternoon or evening may work for you. Once you create a routine, it will turn into a habit. 


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Get inspired!  


   Look at photos, magazines, or view splendid paintings and art. If you're writing on a certain subject, surround yourself with something that pertains to your writing. If you're writing a novel, listen to music from that period of time
   Does an idea come to mind? A notion? A feeling?


   "One picture is worth ten thousand words." Chinese Proverb






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Don’t be shy to ask for help!

   Visit with a friend, family member, or a writers group for their insights. Many times they will catch something. We’re so close to what we've written, it's hard for us to see. 

   Try and keep an open mind to what feedback others can give. 

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Take a break.

   Go for a walk or do your favorite exercise. Work on your favorite hobby. 

Sometimes, getting away from where you write, is all you need to get past where you’re stuck.
   

 

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Break your work into segments.

   Giving attention to the whole story can be daunting. Break it into parts and concentrate on just that. 
   Check out different words that will inspire you to finish an idea. 
   Research a topic to complete that section.


 




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Trust your gut instincts!


   Have you ever written a sentence or segment you can’t get past that nagging sense something isn’t right? Either try to change it, or cut parts out of your story. For me, sometimes removing words or sections have been my best choice.



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Never Give Up!

Last, but not least, never give up! Keep going!
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What suggestions do you have for when you’ve hit an obstacle? 

Leave a comment below to share your ideas.



As always, happy reading and writing!
Rosie 
www.booksbyrose.com
 
 
   Baseball season is starting up soon. Our family cannot wait!


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   It’s a sport we've loved for many years. Before having our sons, we followed the Kansas City Royals win the championship in 1985. In 2015, our family saw every Kansas City Royals game that led up to another champion win!

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   Our sons played on teams and their dad coached them for seventeen years. Looking back, it’s a wonder how we managed so many games. For those of you that are “sports parents,” you know the drill. Quick dinner meals, picking those up that needed rides to the game, snacks and drinks bought for the team, and uniforms washed each evening.
   The memories and friendships built over the years are cherished forever!



   To show you how much we adore baseball, we even redid our kitchen. We might be the only ones with a sky painted on the ceiling, cork balls for knobs, and baseball bats for handles. It’s unique, but we love it.

 

 

   We went to see the New York Yankees in 2007 and the Chicago Cubs in 2008.


   We've seen every baseball movie available, but this one hits home, “The Field of Dreams.” In 2008, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit this amazing place in Dyersville, IA.

 


                                                                         Yes, that's me coming out of the cornfield. 

We as families, find something to bond us together.

Please share your stories here today.  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Happy Spring everyone!

Rosie 

www.booksbyrose.com


 

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