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Guest Blogger: Literary Escapism (Blog Birthday)

Please join me in welcoming Jackie from Literary Escapism.  Jackie’s blog is simply amazing.  She has many great features, a must read newsletter, chats and various reading challenges.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jackie in April of this year when we attending the RT Booklovers Convention.  The Mr. Romance event had us blushing and laughing.  It was a great time and I enjoyed sharing the experience with Jackie.  Many thanks to Jackie for all the help along they way.


Welcome Jackie!

Congratulations on a fabulous year Angela!

When Angela first asked me to write something for her big blogversary celebration, I was both flattered and concerned.  I loved the idea of being asked to write an article; but my concern was that I have been experiencing one of the worst cases of writers block ever.  I’m not talking about it lasting a few days or even weeks, but months.  For some reason, I haven’t been able to write a thing all year.  Maybe it had something to do with my pregnancy and the complete flakiness of my brain, but while I could read novel after novel, writing a review for those same novels was a battle and I was totally afraid that I would have the same issues coming up with an article.  Guess what….I’ve been staring at the same blank computer screen for over a week, trying to think of something to write and what do I come up with?  The fact that I have writer’s block.  *bangs head on desk*


I love talking about books, but I don’t get why I’ve been having such a hard time explaining why I love, liked or didn’t particular care for the novels that I’ve read this year.  I seriously think it has something to do with my pregnancy, but at the same time, I can’t really use that excuse any more since Psy was born in August.  Granted, now that he is here, I not only have one screaming preschooler running around, but a newborn taking up time too.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t lost my writers block – life has been getting in the way.  However, it doesn’t seem like I’m the only one who has been having this issue.  Whether it is just life, making it so I don’t have time to sit down and write, or just a lost of interest, I’m not the only one who seems to have gone quiet.  There’s a few other sites in my reader that were active for so long that have recently disappeared.  Is it the time of year?  Are we getting too caught up (*cough*distracted*cough*) in the wonders of the Internet (*cough*Twitter*cough*Facebook*cough*) to really focus on reviewing?

Whatever it is, I know I’m not the only one who has moments of writers block.  So I’m wondering, what does everyone do to escape it?  Do you have a tried and true method of getting back on the horse?  Or do you just deal with it and keep going?

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22 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Literary Escapism (Blog Birthday)

  1. Catherine (Suburban Vampire)No Gravatar
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    I just discovered Dark Faerie Tales yesterday and added it to the blogroll on my writing site–CatWinters.com. I was pleasantly surprised to see, on my first day as a follower, a guest post by one of my favorite bloggers, Jackie at Literary Escapism!! Great guest post, Jackie! I completely understand about the fizzling of one’s brain during pregnancy. Hang in there. The writing side of your mind will be back eventually.

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  2. Jessica tjocNo Gravatar
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    To get back on the horse? I don’t know, if you figure it out, please let me know. I get about ten blogs behind, typically, before going on a writing binge.

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  3. IcedreamNo Gravatar
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    I don’t have pregnancy as an excuse but other health problems and I definately became totally burned out writing reviews. I also have the added problem that I don’t particularly enjoy writing. I have taken a big long break as my solution. But my son told me about a program that will dictate as you speak into a word program and promised to get it for me. I’m hoping that will kick-start me back into the mood. I certainly have no problem talking. :)

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  4. AyleeNo Gravatar
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    When I experience writer’s block I usually just leave what I was working on for a while and do some mindless activity, completely clear my head, and then return to it. It usually works for me but I would imagine everyone’s different.

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  5. Lauren MNo Gravatar
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    When I have writer’s block, I take a shower. For some odd reason, when I’m in the shower, ideas form easier. (Unfortunately, you can’t exactly jot those ideas down in the shower, haha)
    Sometimes just sitting in front of the computer and staring at the screen works, too. But mostly showering. :)

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  6. Debbie's World of BooksNo Gravatar
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    Jackie-I so feel you! Between my 3 yr old, 4 month old and work it’s like pulling teeth to get myself to write reviews. No real solution here. Maybe if we got more sleep :)

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  7. Michelle @ The True Book AddictNo Gravatar
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    I have been in a review writing slump for several months now and mine started with a major health issue over the summer. Hmmmm….seems there may be a connection there! I keep thinking in my mind, “I really must write these reviews”, but I still don’t make myself do it. It’s terrible! Glad to know I’m not the only one. :lol:

    Happy Blogoversary, Angela!

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  8. Melissa PNo Gravatar
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    I plan out what I’m going to write ahead of time. If I have an outline, or even a basic note about what’s next, I have a much harder time getting stuck!

    Happy Anniversary!

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  9. Janice Gable BashmanNo Gravatar
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    Thriller writer David Morrell discusses a great method for getting focused in his book THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST. He writes a conversation to himself as if the computer is another person and constantly asks questions, i.e. so what? and why? Although Morrell discusses this in the context of creating plot, I think it can be applied to writer’s block if you take these questions and ask them about your current work in progress or even an idea that need to be fleshed out.

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  10. EmmaNo Gravatar
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    It’s difficult for me to get back to writing when I’m stuck. Most of the time I just write whatever pops into my head, most of the time it doesn’t have to do with the story I’m writing in particular, but it gets the creative juices flowing and eventually am able to get back to writing (when I don’t get distracted with the internet that is)

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  11. DogsMomNo Gravatar
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    congratulations Angela. You have a great site. While I may not get here as often as I would like, I do have you bookmarked and am GFConnected. (Just never find time to look at my reader.)

    I have noticed a real slow down of all bloggers since September. There was an ebb and flow towards the end of summer as school started again, and I am sure with Christmas getting closer ideas will begin to flow once more.
    Personally I have not had time to be creative and entertaining.

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  12. Bookish in a BoxNo Gravatar
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    When I have writer’s block, I just keep writing…and then when the block is gone, I can get rid of all the horrible stuff that’s sitting in my story!

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  13. Literary CravingsNo Gravatar
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    I know exactly how you feel. Though it gets frustrating to not be able to come up with thoughts or words to express how you feel about books, I feel like these things happen and its understandable and you just have to keep on plugging away and hope that you get your stride back. Because eventually you will!!! Great post!!!

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  14. Jackie (Literary Escapism)No Gravatar
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    Thanks everyone!

    @Catherine – Hi!

    @icedream – Dude! Did your son find that program? That sounds like the perfect way to gather ones thoughts without having to keep ones fingers racing across the keyboard.

    @Debbie – there totally needs to be more time in the day…time that the monsters actually sleep so we can get more sleep and still get stuff done.

    @Melissa – I’ve actually done that. Well, not an outline, but I’ve taken notes so if I can’t write the review right away, I at least have my thoughts down. That does work with me, I do have to say that. One thing I’ve found that as long as I have a starting point, I can write; it’s finding the starting point that’s the problem sometimes.

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  15. Rabid FoxNo Gravatar
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    Writer’s block is something I still haven’t figured out how to cure. I get it in fits and bursts, but thankfully it is a fleeting condition. I guess it’s simply a matter of being surrounded by either music, literature, or films that inspire me to get my butt back in the chair–or seeing a particularly unique character out on the streets.

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  16. Jess (The Cozy Reader)No Gravatar
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    I don’t follow Literary Escapism but I can relate all the same with them! Finding the words to express like or dislike about books read isn’t always easy. Sometimes I stop writing a review if I find myself repeating the same words such as awesome or amazing. These two words are very popular with some of my reviews. Of course these are used in reviews of books I loved but still. ;)

    Thanks again for the giveaway and a super big congrats on your one year! :)

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  17. JulieNo Gravatar
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    What an amazing giveaway! I’m not a writer so I don’t have any good tips to overcome writers block.

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  18. Doreen RiopelNo Gravatar
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    Thanks. I follow on facebook and twitter by doreen riopel.
    Awesome giveaway.

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  19. Donna SNo Gravatar
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    Im not much of a writer. But whenever I have had this problem I step away for a minute and usually when I come back I can continue.

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  20. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    Congrats on the blogiversary. If I can ever get started writing, it seems to go well. It’s the starting that is tricky for me.

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  21. RhiannaNo Gravatar
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    Happy blogiversary! I so feel your pain with the children induced writers block Angela. I have an 11 year old who was our only child for so long all I had to do to find time to write for RhiReading (my blog) was saying “mom’s working” and he’d give me time for the most part. The baby just turned a year old last month and I still am so tired and busy with other stuff (making baby food, baths, diaper changes, playing peekaboo… and on and on) I sometimes forget what I wanted to say about a book by the time I have the time to write my reviews.

    What’s helping me is to prioritize which books I HAVE to review versus which ones I SHOULD review. If it’s an ARC or review copy I got from an author or NetGalley or something I try and always write it as soon as I have the time even if it’s not the one I WANT to be reviewing. :roll: Sometimes you just have to let yourself catch a nap or have an hour for video games or something and put the reviewing/blogging on the back burner. I don’t ever want my blog to become a chore/work cause that’s the day I’ll stop wanting to write it.

    And it never hurts to ask your S/O to babysit for two hours on a Saturday night so you can have some reviewing time. My hubs is pretty cool like that and will let me retreat to my laundry room/office to write. :mrgreen: Maybe he’s an exception to the rule lol but even a friend or your mom might do it. Anywho, good luck and again, congrats on the blogiversary!

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  22. RhiannaNo Gravatar
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    ^^errr I typed Angela… and I meant Jackie. Forgive my mommy-brain moment. :oops:

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