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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Best Way to Cure Writer's Block - a guest blog by author James Diehl

Today, I'm pleased to host James Diehl, author of "World War II Heroes of Southern Deleware." Although touring to promote his fascinating book of interviews with World War II soldiers in the Deleware area, he took time to talk to us about his best cure for "writer's block."

“Kids the best cure for writer’s block”

All writers deal with it – you sit down in front of your computer with a steaming cup of coffee, a fresh mind and a willingness to have the most productive day ever where the words just flow from your mind to the screen like water flowing from a spigot.

But the words just won’t come. No matter what you do, they stay locked away in the deep recesses of your mind and refuse all attempts at release. Your day is in serious jeopardy of being lost completely unless you find a way to turn on that metaphorical spigot.

This scenario frequent rears its ugly head for me as the long work weeks and the pressures of everyday life often wear me down to the point where a productive writing process is simply out of the question.

Or at least it was until I had children.

Before becoming a dad, I usually turned to taking a walk or taking a quick drive to the beach to turn my mind off for a little while. Taking an hour to watch a television program or view a few music videos even used to suffice back in the day.

But as life become more and more complicated, those things ceased to work. I soon, however, found another way to capture those few minutes away from the desk, time to let my mind wander and focus on the joys of life.

Ah, my children. What would I do without them?

Now if I have one of those days where writer’s block rears its ugly head, I have a plan. My kids love it, it does me a world of good and it allows the brain to take a little time off to regroup and refocus.

Okay, so it sometimes means becoming a human trampoline for two very energetic young ladies, but hey, you do what you need to do. In all seriousness, it’s actually a rewarding experience for all – I get a few minutes away from the computer to refocus my thoughts and allow for a better writing process later in the day, and my kids get some personal time with daddy.

I just have to be careful – if anyone gets hurt, I’m sure to be in big trouble with mommy. Then the whole thing is for naught because now the writing process has to take a back seat to getting my rear-end out of trouble.

Unless, of course, it’s me who’s hurt. Black eye, sprained ankle, protruding disc – it doesn’t matter, I can work through the pain.

Just as long as that spigot is now turned on, which it almost always is once play time is complete.

About The Author:

James Diehl is an award-winning journalist who has covered Sussex County, Delaware for various media outlets since 1998. Since 2007, he has owned and operated a freelance writing company based in Seaford, Delaware and is also a partner in a Lewes, Delaware-based public relations and marketing firm. He is the author of two works of non-fiction – Remembering Sussex County, from Zwaanendael to King Chicken, published in 2009 by The History Press, and World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware, published in 2009 by the DNB Group, Inc.
James can be found online at
www.twitter.com/sussexwriter, at www.facebook.com/sussexwriter, at www.worldwar2heroes.blogspot.com or via www.ww2-heroes.com.


James Diehl said...

Thanks for hosting me here today Sharon! I hope you enjoyed the book; any comments or questions I can answer? Thanks again!

Janel said...

Yup, it's all fun and games until somebody gets an eye poked out. I used to hear that phrase all the time when I was a kid. Now that my kids are old enough be be in school I just turn to a game of frisbee with the dog to clear the cobwebs out of my brain.