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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

The most difficult part of writing is, undoubtedly, the beginning – those moments of sheer distress when a writer sits on a comfortable chair, changing positions, and stares at a blank sheet of paper. It is not about not being able to write; it is about oneself, every single time. The blank sheet of paper seems like a mirror image of the writer’s brain, while the writer questions his/her self on all grounds of talent and ability. If nothing else, the writer’s block brings one souvenir: self-doubt.

The bigger it is, the more difficult it is to come out. When the subject means more to the writer; the pressures to produce quality and to do justice to the sense of importance do not let the writer gather the courage to begin.


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Many famous published and accomplished, authors have spoken about the writer’s block and some have shared their versions of getting out of it. After a short thematic analysis, we observe that the easiest way to get out of the writer’s block is to write. Thinking about writing, planning about writing or talking about it is not writing. Writing means getting something on that clean sheet of paper – nothing less than that. And the only way to do it is to lower one’s standards. No, that does not mean producing rubbish; that only means one should not be so hard on oneself. Criticism comes after the work not before it, thus, instead of criticizing one’s own unwritten work, it is better to write and not to stop. Once the garbage leaves, your true clean talent comes out.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain

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