Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

New Perspective

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Unlocking Writers Block

I’ve a deadline looming and a few thousand words to haul together, it hasn’t been going very well. My desk is littered with books, notes ‘post its’ highlight pens and half drunk cups of tea and mind maps. I’ve done the reading (even if I did fall asleep at my desk, no easy task on a swivel chair) and I’ve deployed every ‘study aid’ tactic I’ve ever heard of, but  despite my tenacious daily  efforts the word count stays resolutely stuck (it’s not that I don’t write something, just that I swipe the previous work. ) I know from the course forum I am not alone, as there has been a major outbreak of assignment rage.

So I decide to take a fresh perspective on the matter (or maybe I was just looking for a displacement activity, to get away from the keyboard). So I moved my ‘office’ furniture around, instead of my desk facing the wall, it is now by the window. The aspect is pleasing.

Brighter outlook -1

Mr Uphilldowndale stuck his head around the door and declared ‘You’ll get nothing done, you’ll just be gazing out of the window, watching the birds go by’.  He is probably right, but I don’t care, the move was a quality of life decision.  I’ve still not broken the back of the assignment, but I’m in better mood, this evening I’m trying a study aid not listed in the books, a bottle of red. There may be quite a lot of editing required tomorrow. 

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “New Perspective

  1. A bottle of red is a fine study aid, but I also strongly recommend chocolate in any form. Fudge brownies are especially nice. :)

  2. Had a bottle of red been available to me at the time, I might have been a more diligent student while at school … or not.

    This is the suggestion made by my daughter’s English teacher for freeing a ‘log jam in the brain’ (the teacher’s from Canada) – write down at least five, but preferably ten, silly childhood jokes and read them back to yourself. The whole class passed their Highers, so maybe she has something? If nothing else, you get a giggle out of it. I’ll start you off;

    What’s the difference between an elephant and a loaf of bread? Don’t know? Then I’m not sending you for the weeks’ shopping!

    • Not sure the red did me any good, I ended up on the sofa, crying into a box of tissues at the lassie from Fife Jade Richards on X Factor (actually it was her gran that got me going, the power of grannies is not to be underestimated. )
      Should I be worried I can’t think of any childhood jokes…

      You’d expect a Canadian teacher to be good at log jams. I can report has been a shift in the logs this morning, seems I a morning study person, not late night

  3. Cut out the pursuit of perfection and be happy with the merely very sound. It saves a lot of angst and very sound stuff is in short supply anyway. Personally I have always rubbed along with the mediocre but that was because it was the best I could do. Red wine always helps almost anything.

  4. I don’t know how much work I’d get done with that view…but I’m quite jealous!!

  5. I hope you break that writer’s block soon. The view is wonderful, and having a new perspective should do the trick (if the red doesn’t). :)

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