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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
TITLE: My Block’s Been Broken
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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The worse case of â€śwriters blockâ€ť Iâ€™ve experienced in my life has been the past three months, at least in my brittle memory. Too many anxious nights and too many â€śtoo busyâ€ť days can do that to the best of us. Like a fallen tree restricts the creekâ€™s flow, lifeâ€™s circumstances can quickly dam up our thoughts and creativity. If you havenâ€™t been there yet trust me, keep on writing.
Fortunately, I donâ€™t have to depend on my written output to provide me with an income. If that were so, my neighbors would quickly become weary of my daily visits to their door begging for food. However I have a reputation to keep up. My friends and fellow writers wait anxiously each week for my latest words of meekness and wisdom, at least thatâ€™s what the three of them lead me to believe. Like the proverbial house built on the shifting sand, I have caused their confidence in me to tremble and fall. By the grace of God I pray they will get over it.
Alone at my keyboard this evening I attempt once again to remove this mental, â€śthorn in the brain,â€ť that has kept a firm grasp on me these many months. Much to my displeasure it maintains itâ€™s grip and seems to increase itâ€™s holding power, even more, as I resist itâ€™s authority over my thoughts. In an earnest attempt to amuse myself through this dry spell I remember that Iâ€™ve wanted to clean and polish some of my past articles. I hastily hurried to my web site with this diversion in mind.
Looking at the many articles posted there, many long forgotten, I decided to check each one for whatever editing might be required. During this process I began to also look at the many comments that had been left by previous readers. Much to my amazement I suddenly became of an emerging pattern. One by one the positive comments that had been left there for me created what I felt to be extreme exhortation and a renewed confidence. Why did these people even read my postings, let alone take the time to leave positive comments? Donâ€™t they know that my assurance in myself, as a writer, is at an all time low?
I suddenly turned from my editing detour and checked out the website for the current topic requirement. Without hesitation I began to write, faster than my mind could keep up. The dam was broken and the waters flowed unrestricted again. I wonâ€™t earn anything or win anything with this bit of journalism. It does not really matter to me. My blockâ€™s been broken and my groupies will again rejoice, all three of them.
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