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Writer’s Block Cure?

April 9, 2010

Work multiple and varied projects. I’ve always worked this way. On household chores, paintings, writing, sewing, cooking, and everything else, I think I could say. Come to think of it, I seem to recall a study once upon a time long ago that illustrated that varied activities cures boredom and boosts productivity at work. A change is as good as a rest, so to speak, I suppose. Assembly line sort of work is mind numbing. A couple of entertainingly lively gossips either side of you might be helpful, but still, at least the creative or active minded kind of person does not do well at rote ‘choredom’. Being given varied differing tasks throughout a day makes that day go faster.

I’ve been working on two novels simultaneously, because I can’t decide which one to finish first. They are both of the more dramatic variety. Without getting into the details, suffice it to say that they are each similar enough that switching back and forth isn’t as ‘change/rest’ as it would be if one of the stories was more light and fun. And so, to help prevent any type of writer’s block from taking hold, and to avoid digging into a silly story in addition, I’m diving into a non-fiction book as well (not to mention all the many other projects I am always inclined to be working on in my own scatterbrained multi-tasking way).

Keeping more than one pot on the stove at a time is my own form of Attention Differing Diversion to help me keep on task on at least something creative. Art and writing and other creative pots and pans can be moved from back to front burners and back again. Just keep cooking, baby.

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