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How a dog solved writer’s block

Hey Ya Bookcasers!

How is January treating you all? It’s sure been a busy one for me, what with editing, and writing, and work. And…fostering the most adorable golden oldie of a German Shepherd. Not only is she the most wonderful little thing in the world…but she’s also a great tool for busting through writer’s block!

Let me tell you how…

First of all, let me introduce you to Nina…

Nina

Isn’t she just gorgeous!? Yes, she utterly melted my heart. Luckily, Nina has found her forever home, and is flying from Cyprus, all the way to the UK! And those are going to be some very, very lucky people indeed, as she is foot perfect.

Okay, so back to that writer’s block and what Nina taught me…

  1. Exist in the moment. Keep moving. Dogs don’t dwell, and they don’t sit and plan their next move (unless it’s cat chasing! lol). They simply go forth and do things. Go wherever their nose leads them. The same can be done with writing, too. If you’re stuck, just let your pen or keyboard lead you wherever it may. You might or might not use it in your book, but it will get your brain churning.
  2. Walk. We all know that one. Dogs are good for this.
  3. Butt in chair. Nina lies on the wheels of the office chair so I can’t move. What else is there to do but type? She’s got brains, that one!
  4. Do what feels right. Dogs don’t do things they don’t want to do, or don’t like. Sometimes, writer’s block comes and we don’t even realize it’s because we’re going down a plotline we don’t actually enjoy. Have a look at yours and see what you really think of it.
  5. Sleep. If Nina is anything to judge by, sleeping is a good idea. It lets your mind rest and your subconscious go to work (and, yes, if you’re wondering, Nina does snore! Loudly!).
  6. Talk it out. Yup. Nina barks when she wants something, or snuffles about when she wants attention, or to tell you she doesn’t want something. When there was a thunderstorm, she let us know. Writers tend to bottle things up. Let it spill it out. Some people don’t like to tell other authors…that’s fine, rattle it off to your spouse/sibling/friend/or any other person you might want to. Sometimes, a person you don’t expect might have a great idea. For example, I know plenty of non-writers who’ve provided me with the answer when fellow authors couldn’t (or I was too shy to ask them!).
  7. Get excited. We all know dogs know excitement better than anyone else in the world. Nina is a major foodie, and the world is the best place in the universe when it comes to feeding time. Go get yourself excited about the things you love. Take your mind away from the stress and panic. Get down with your other passions. Laugh. A lot. Play. Dance. Sing. Whatever. Just let your mind loosen up. Come back afterward. See what happens.

So, there you have it. That’s how a dog breaks writer’s block. And, you know what, I am going to miss the hell out of Nina when she goes to her new family. But I know when we foster another one, the advice here still stands.

I hope this gives you a few ideas of how to break your writer’s block (and maybe even get or foster a dog – hey, you never know, someone might do in response to this post, and that means you’ve got a writing buddy, you’re saving some pup’s life, and your writer’s block can be totally solved!).

Either way, go forth and write, letting the “inner knowledge of a dog” guide you!

Until the next post!

xox

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