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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 10BREAK THE BLOCKS TO CREATIVE FLOW

“If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are by that declaration asking your unconscious to prepare the material. … Count on me, you are saying to a few forces below: I will be there to write.”

—NORMAN MAILER

There is nothing as heady as the initial spark of an idea that flows into a rush of pure inspiration—it’s a feeling both holy and euphoric. Who wouldn’t be addicted to the thrill of writerly gush? But like all things, eventually that gush becomes a trickle and possibly even stops. If you’re like me, that happens about two-thirds of the way through a project. I make it over the great muddle of the middle and then find myself stranded on the path, wondering if I can go ...

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