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I hate mental blocks. When my motivation level on a particular project get below a certain level ... I just can't. ANYTHING else will distract me from it. Anything. And I get sour at myself for avoiding something I'm going to have to do eventually and prolonging the agony.

When writing, the worst thing for me is the empty page. So I've learned to start writing whatever comes to mind on the topic, then tinker with it. I never get anywhere if I dislike what I'm doing and kill all my ideas before working them out, but it doesn't stop me from doing it sometimes. When I need to clean/straighten/organize, I start with small pieces ... and making progress motivates me. Knowing progress is probably why I usually have to itemize something, make a full list of tasks or pieces and then work it like a checklist. Nothing motivates me like seeing results.

Not to let the cat out of the bag, but I've been gathering a story idea. Like tweaking the antenna to pick up TV signals, the picture's sometimes clearer than others. I'm trying to get to know the people, where they live, how these things came to be. It's like I need to take a part of my brain out for coffee ... not as in out of my head, but to chat and get to know each other better. I'll need to get myself a notepad, and write down the glimpses I'm getting, so I can eventually start cobbling it together.

But I better get to page-making, stat.

- Pookah

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