Part 14

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Dear Writer,

        Let's get down to business (go ahead and sing it). The hardes part of writing is getting past yourself. You know that's true, I know that's true. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to writing. So, in that, the best way to get anything done, is to get yourself out of the way. 

        There have been so many times when I want to write but I can't seem to do it. I get this thing called Writer's Block. For those who don't think it exists, it really does. You guys know how this goes. You sit down to write, no words come, they're blocked. Have you ever tried to find out what exactly is blocking them? Have you ever considered that it's you? You are the block. 

        What is the worst thing you can do as far as letting the words flow? Censor yourself. Oh but the scene isn't the way you want it. As a certain person would say, STAWP. Leave the scene as it is and keep writing. When you go back at the end of your writing time, go fix it if you want. If you censor ever word that goes on the page, you're going to be writing the same chapter for weeks! Let the words come and just type or write them on the paper. 

        Writing is an art. All the time, I hear people say that artistic people are "flighty" or "floaters." I know that isn't true for all of us. Some may be flighty but there are those out there that aren't, like myself. When you're looking at your art, you need to be flighty! When an artist paints a picture, sometimes it looks just like the real object, sometimes it looks completely different, and sometimes the object/s in the picture don't exist in real life. What would happen if painters censored themselves? Would we have the amazing pieces of art that have been with us for centuries? Probably not. 

        This is your art! This is your Mona Lisa, your Sistine Chapel. Don't censor yourself. If you do, you my just miss the entire point of the story. Imagine the Mona Lisa without the girl. Would it still be famous? What about if you took the people out of the Sistine Chapel? 

        Take care of your work. Let the words come and don't stand in the way! Close your eyes and type. Don't open your eyes until you are finished. At the end, read what you have and fix the stuff that needs fixing. The goal here is not to erase everything that you let yourself write. If you change it, what are you doing? Censoring.

        That word is your enemy. Write and just let it happen. This is your masterpiece. If this is not making sense, think of it this way, your characters have a story that they have shared with you. Your job as a writer is to tell that story and share it with the world. If you censor yourself, you're taking away their voices, their actions, their feelings. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be the person to take away their story. 

        If you feel the same, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Let your characters show you their story. I know you can do this. You have the talent, you just need to let it flow. Take your training and throw it out the window for a minute. When you're done, you can reach outside and get it again. You can do this. Step out of the way and let the characters take over. 

You've got this. 

M. 

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