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Have you ever had a slump of reading books? You have borrowed copies piling up high in your bookshelf, desk, cupboards, and eventually floors, but you still can’t force yourself to read those usually beautiful words on the page? I can’t identify why books seem to be a lost art to me, but they most certainly are.

I don’t remember ever having a slump like this before. Perhaps slumps occurred when I had nothing to read but non-fiction, but never when I have had exciting books in my possession. Really, I need to read them and give them back to their owners. But every time I open the page it seems as if they speak a different language. As if they no longer are meant for me. Even recently released books in series I love haven’t made it onto the Christmas list. I have truly and completely lost my love of reading.


In the mean time my creativity, with nowhere else to visit, causes my dreams to get stranger and stranger. That horrible rendition of “I’m not going to graduate college because I forgot about one of my classes for a whole semester” felt like it lasted for more than an hour. That dream was followed by wardrobe malfunctions and surrounded by other, nastier dreams. Evidently, I need to find a positive way to release the creativity pent up inside me.

I remember falling in love with reading. It was Dickens’ fault, aided by my sister Julie who just kept pushing books my way until one stuck. Thank goodness for her. And for David Copperfield. Hours and hours of blissful escape followed, as I delved into works as weathered as Austen’s and as fresh as Riordan’s.These books taught me how to harness the imagination and their characters granted me some of my best childhood friends. So how is it possible for me to have lost the love of reading? I’m not sure, but here is the consoling and final word on the matter:

Slumps don’t last.


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Hello friends! Despite the fireside and good music, I stare blankly at my computer screen. Since I am feeling completely uninspired, allow me to present you with the first of a series of posts on a topic entitled ‘101 Ways to Avoid Writing a Novel’:

1) Look up NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—coming November) and contemplate how you really shouldn’t start writing the new novel until November 1. (Note: I doubt that causing delay was the intention of this inspirational program.)

2) Check Facebook in the hopes of finding some inspiration or—to really appease your conscience—to market your written or unwritten novel.

3) Check your email.

4) Write out a Christmas list even though it is still October.

5) Calculate how many pages a day you would have to write to complete the NaNOWriMo challenge.

6) Re-read something you’ve written, gag at how bad it is, and check Facebook again.

7) Blog about time wasting strategies.

8) Watch old episodes of Columbo.

Now, as none of these time-wasting strategies have made me anymore creative, I’ve decided to revert to some old-fashioned, kid-like attempts to dredge up the passion to get started. Namely, I am going to initiate a dialogue between my characters until I forget that they’re imaginary. So, best of luck other writers out there—dodging papers and articles and novels and anything remotely resembling the craft we usually love. May we lose ourselves in the depths of creativity again soon.

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