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I'm glad that you're back to writing and posting here again. It was a great article with a lot of insight into your process and thinking. Thanks for sharing.

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Oh my goodness, I know this feeling of which you speak. Peripheral anxieties are indeed debilitating to the creative process. I’ve looked over some of your stories and you obviously have vast funds of imagination to draw from.

Even though it might be difficult to set pen to paper, I think an initial arrangement of ideas in an outline format can be therapeutic and productive in its own way. The notes and outlines don’t go away. You can return to them in fits and starts, and they help focus the mind and banish care, which in the end is what I think many of us resort to reading and writing for. I currently have 6 projects (some really short) that I work on and then sometimes don’t get back to for a few weeks, but even having two paragraphs written seems like more progress than having a blank page. It’s an act of meditation, sort of like a soothsayer casting the bones: you get a glimpse of the future and the bones eventually get clothed with flesh.

Neil Gaiman is brilliant. I read the SANDMAN graphic novels back in the late ‘90s. It looks like Netfilx is doing a passable job translating it to the screen.

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I’ve been struggling with writers block some lately but it’s because I have too many irons in the fire. I’m not sure where my attention should be focused. I have to want to write what I’m writing which isn’t really the issue because I want to write it all, but deciding what to write when I sit down gets difficult. I’m testing out some new note-taking software and prioritizing lists with deadlines. We’ll see if it works.

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