Monthly Archives: September 2011

September Literary Links Roundup

BuzzFeed. The Last Words of 25 Famous Dead Writers

The Millions. Post-40 Bloomer: “Late” According to Whom?

99%. 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

The Guardian. Reading fiction ‘improves empathy’, study finds

kottke.org. Kurt Vonnegut explains the shapes of stories

50 Watts. Literary Pets

The Millions. Ten Things I’ve Learned over 12 Years of Sending Out Stories

zenhabits. Best Procrastination Tip Ever

The Guardian. The vanishing fascination of truly anonymous authors

The New York Times. Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?

Writing Paralysis

This slump has affected my fiction, blogging, editing, and even tweeting. I knew I was in trouble when I stopped reading a few months back. My top ten excuses:

1.  Grammar Boy – kissing on fire escapes and park benches is more fun than writing, right?
2.  Work hours increase – who has time to write?
3.  The Cats – they need mummy and will not be ignored.
4.  NFL – need to study to achieve success in my pool.
5.  Tired – nothing new, always been an insomniac.
6.  L-I-V-I-N – I’ll write about it later.
7.  School – focusing on my editing career.
8.  Writing in my head – pen to paper is the challenge.
9.  Wrong mood – not that I know what the right one is.
10. Low-Grade Anticipatory Stress Disorder – made this up but sounds about right.

Now that I’ve shared this crap with the blogosphere I’m hoping it will get me back on track. What excuses do you dispense when you’re not writing or doing what you’re passionate about?