Break With a Good Book

Last weekend I found myself with a small case of writer’s block. Yeap, there’s that dreaded virus all writers try to avoid, but I couldn’t avoid it, nor could I seem to shake it. It all started when I sat down at my computer to write, but low and behold, I was gazing at a blinking cursor instead of words on the screen. Problem was, I couldn’t find the words to put there — my mind went totally blank! I couldn’t believe it! I had managed to avoid this nasty virus for a year, and it decided to hit me after all that time.

Since I couldn’t write, I surfed the Web a while, and then decided since it was the weekend, I would just take a break. In the past, breaks seemed to work for me, but other than a break, reading a good book by my favorite author also helped.

The very next afternoon (Saturday) I made a trip to the store and bought a book by my favorite author: Danielle Steel. Her writing inspires me, and her books keep me turning the pages. I have read so many of her books that I couldn’t remember which ones I hadn’t read… hmm… I wonder if there’s a name for that one. Maybe reader’s block? LOL. Anyway, I chose Toxic Bachelors. However, I hate to say it, because I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Steel’s books, but I was rather disappointed with this one. Usually when I read one of her books, I lose track of time because I can’t put them down, but this time I stopped on the third page. It didn’t grab my attention like her other books had. I will try to continue reading it with the hopes that it will get better, but I’m not sure if I can. Maybe she, too, had a case of writer’s block when she wrote this one. And instead of taking a break, she tried to write through it. If it gets better, though, I will let you know how it turns out.

Despite not being able to continue reading Ms. Steel’s book — which usually helps my case of writer’s block — by Monday things were getting better for me, and my brain was starting to work again. Little by little I’m getting it back, and I hope the dreaded writer’s block stays away for good this time. 😉

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