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Brain Clutter and Writer’s Block

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in brain clutter · brain freeze · clutter

Great news about Daniel! He’s off the respirator and is eating JELL-O and chicken soup. Yay! He is still quite sedated, but his prognosis is excellent. The worst part for him now is the changing of the dressings which takes about 90 minutes and is excruciating. He will be in the hospital for many weeks while his healing is monitored and it is determined if/when skin grafts should be done.

The young lady is still in ICU and on a respirator. She has contracted pneumonia which is complicating her chance for recovery.

Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated!

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Verb:  To fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.

Noun:  a : a crowded or confused mass or collection

b : things that clutter a place
We can all relate to the above definition. Who among us doesn’t have something cluttering things up somewhere? But what about brain clutter?
We writers have thousands of ideas floating around in our brains, each one vying for attention. Yep. Brain clutter. The brain is cluttered with writing ideas for stories, essays, etc. So what to do? All that stuff rambling about is as useful as the twist ties and random take-out menus that populate the junk drawer in my kitchen.
It also makes the writing process rather daunting. There are so many thoughts and ideas. How does a writer clarify and extricate them all? It can be paralyzing. It causes a brain freeze, and then we say we have writer’s block. But you know what I think? I don’t think writer’s block really exists.
Here’s the thing. The more I write the more clutter drops from my brain, through my fingers to the keyboard, and onto the computer screen. And when that happens, it isn’t clutter anymore. (Okay, sometimes it is; but that’s what editing is for.)  It somehow organizes into a short story, or a scene in my middle grade novel, or even a list of ideas for nonfiction articles. The point is, once it is no longer in my brain it manages to organize itself on the page.
So the solution to brain clutter and writer’s block is . . .writing. That’s it, buttercup. Feel blocked? Brain cluttered? Just write. It doesn’t matter what—a grocery list, a thank-you note to your mother-in-law, a paragraph about why you love Shawn and Gus on Psych.  Write an ode to your postman. Write anything. The idea is to shake up the clutter in your brain until all those words drop out, just like pulling out that kitchen junk drawer and turning it upside down.
Write the clutter. You’ll be surprised how fast it turns into something that isn’t clutter at all.
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6 Responses to "Brain Clutter and Writer’s Block"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    November 16, 2011 at 8:53 am  

    Glad to hear Daniel is recovering–hope the young lady does too and I'm still sending love waves to all.I agree about the brain clutter!

  2. Comment by irishoma
    November 16, 2011 at 9:06 am  

    So happy to hear your nephew is doing better. You are in my prayers.Donna

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm  

    Hi Lisa, what great news about Daniel! I sure wish his friend was doing as well as he is, but will keep up my prayers.This is a great post, and it made me long to write. You are so right in what you wrote; I know that it works. Just to get started helps things to flow.Hope your day is a wonderful,Kathy M.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm  

    I too have several things cluttering my mind. Projects, I'll call them. If only they would land on paper. Good news about Daniel.

  5. Comment by Bish Denham
    November 17, 2011 at 10:46 am  

    Sending more prayers Daniel's and the young lady's way. And with brain clutter, if it isn't written down, one has to dust it and organize it and dust it some more. It's easier just to write it all down.

  6. Comment by anita
    November 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm  

    Lisa, I'm so glad to hear the good news about Daniel and will keep praying for him and the young lady.

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