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Have you ever had the weird sensation that someone or something is trying to tell you something? Have you ever stopped to think that all the paths you took, all the ideas you had, all the conversation that took place, all the events that happened in your entire life, led you to where you are right now?

Now what? Angie said to herself, looking at the white page in front of her and wondering what to write. It has been some time that she starts writing something in her diary and then suddenly after the first few sentences she finds herself unable to move any further. She thought that she ought to take a break and come back to her writings, but the break and the consequent breaks never seemed to end and the more time she spent away from her diary, the harder it became for her to write anything no matter how simple or how trivial it was. She sometimes tried to follow the following advice but she wondered in which category she fell. Was she an amateur writer or a professional writer? or something in between?

“One study looked at how amateur and professional writers work and found a single surprising difference centered around how they react when stuck in the middle of writing. The amateurs, when stuck, nibble on the tip of their pen, beat a tattoo with the ballpoint on the desktop, and stare aimlessly around the room with glassy eyes. The stuck professionals, on the other hand, go back to the first word and reread what they had written, making revisions and changes in the text as they read. By the time they’ve reached the logjam they usually have a good idea where they went wrong and what to do. If they’re still stuck, they reread the material again, doing so over and over until they become unstuck.
For all writers, amateurs as well as professionals, periodically bogging down on the page is an inevitable part of the whole writing process. But how you view and react to this certain event is likely to affect your composition efforts drastically. If you see it as a nec­essary and usual part of the writing process and remain untroubled by it, you most likely will profit from the experience of rereading and taking a closer look at your work. On the other hand, if you mistake being temporarily stuck as yet another sign of your writing ineptness, this falsely negative attitude will make writing only harder labor.” (From Reading, Writing by Anthony C. Winkler and Jo Ray McCuen, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2nd edition, 1993)

Thank you.

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