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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)

TITLE: It's Not You, I'ts Me
By Kristine Baker


Relationships are hard.

The closer I want to be in a relationship, the more distant I become. Am I the only one with this problem?

Before you gasp and think, “Oh no, marital problems”, I want to assure you it is not that relationship that is in jeopardy. My relationship with my keyboard has changed. I want so badly to place my fingers gently across A S D F J K L ; and watch them do their magic and write like I have never written before. But I cannot get my brain to work in conjunction with my fingers. I am experiencing writer’s block and I found my hands idle in the darkness of my pockets.

My empty thoughts may be the result of winter hibernation. I cannot even write about how pretty the snow is outside because we unseasonally do not have any. I am not complaining, I am merely struggling for a breakthrough.

Heaven help me work through my writer’s block. I made a commitment for a special writing assignment and people are depending on me. I can neither get my mind to create, nor can I get my hands out of my pockets.

You are an intelligent audience and I can hear your question, “But you just wrote this piece, why can’t you write for your assignment?” Well, I pecked like a chicken with my nose on the keyboard to write this.

Lord willing, my mind will wake and my hands will see the light of day and gently sit upon A S D F J K L ; and we will perform our magic once again. I do not want to let anyone down.

Oh dear keyboard, it's not you, it's me.

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Judy Sauer 01/12/12
It's hard to imagine typing with your nose but if it works, then try the same approach for the upcoming assignment. You might want to sew your pockets shut to keep your hands from hiding.

We all have writer's block. Here's something that helps me. Begin with the end in mind. Sometimes if we write backwards the words fall into place. Good luck.
Michele Fleming 01/12/12
I have been in this same position myself. You did well with the piece. Keep writing!
Cynthia Carter01/12/12
I loved your humer. Be careful typing with your nose because when your muse kicks in, you may get hurt:)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/13/12
I love your delightful sense of humor. I did expect quite a few love stories but you did it in a wonderfully fresh way!
Glynis Becker01/13/12
A situation to which we can all relate! I liked the humor and the ending/title. Nice job!
Theresa Santy 01/13/12
Ha! Wonderful twist in the beginning, and a delight to read.

If you really are stuck, try this: set a timer for ten minutes and type. There are no rules except you can't stop typing (if your nose if you have to). Don't stop to correct; leave all errors, fragments, and incomplete thoughts alone and keep typing. This is supposed melt away critical thought and release creativity. Usually, most of the time at the very end, a surprising and interesting train of thought appears out of nowhere.
Lillian Rhoades 01/13/12
Your element of surprise was impressive.:-) I could be wrong, but your use of quotes marks in, "Oh no,..." would have been more appropriate had it been a quote, not a thought.

Your entertaining humor is somewhat overshadowed by believability. Did you REALLY peck this out, or was there another way to resolve the problem that's credible to the reader.

I like your conclusion. Interesting piece with lots of possibilities.

Disclaimer: Judges may overrule.:-)
Nancy Bucca01/13/12
I too could relate to this. There's something about wintertime that makes you want to snuggle up under a blanket and forget about the whole idea of writing. It's the time of year where it's darker here and depression is the natural result.

(I'm not saying you're depressed; I'm saying I do struggle with depression this time of year)

I hope it doesn't sound cliche, but my favorite way of getting out of writer's block is to spend time thanking and praising God for His goodness to me. Sometimes when I'm struggling I also take promises from God's Word and start proclaiming them over my life. I declare that my writing will succeed. I'm working at being more consistent in that regard and have by no means arrived, and I must say I admire you for sticking your nose in that typewriter and finishing the piece.

God bless you on future endeavors and keep writing!
diana kay01/15/12
original take on the theme. you are a lateral thinker and clever to boot. loved this one!
getting your letters in a twist is a modern version on a stammer perhaps!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/12
Congratulations for ranking 7th in level one!