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My cat is a better writer.

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I find myself trying to compose words today in a coherent, legible manner. I expect these words to have a poetic quality to them, something that stimulates the brain in an interesting way. Instead I find that the words I produce on the page are utter drivel.

This is my crisis. I suppose after not writing for five-years, I should expect to be rusty. But it's like I've forgotten how to formulate a meaningful sentence. I can put two words together but they don't resonate. I've forgotten how the heck to plot a story and I write a single paragraph only to stare at the screen for another half-hour until I figure out what to write next. I would be better off exchanging places with my cat and let him paw something out. Actually, I wouldn't mind reading any story written by my cat. I imagine it would be a lament about the cruelties of a nearly-empty food bowl.

I'm working on the latest flash fiction challenge. I haven't written much flash fiction before. I like the challenge of it, how terse the form is. I can write a beginning and sometimes I can write an end, but what do I do here in the middle? I'm stuck there, like that song.

Does anyone else just have those days where they feel like everything they put onto the page is useless?

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  1. PiP's Avatar
    Does anyone else just have those days where they feel like everything they put onto the page is useless?
    When I am trying to write poetry I can stare at a blank page for ages. I write a few lines, cross them out, start again. Rinse and repeat. Fiction, the words just flow from my mind onto the page but as I'm dyslexic they don't always appear in the right order.

    I've forgotten how the heck to plot a story and I write a single paragraph only to stare at the screen for another half-hour until I figure out what to write next.
    Why don't you forget about the mechanics and just write from your cat's POV? Your cat does not have any prior knowledge or expectations so would just write whatever came into his head
  2. J.T. Chris's Avatar
    That is an excellent suggestion, PiP. Thanks!
  3. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Good luck! I don't write much for this very reason. I just don't have any new or interesting to write.
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