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How to Deal With Writers Block During Quarantine

Now is the best time to start working on a novel. You’re stuck in the house and can’t go anywhere except to the grocery store, or maybe take a quick walk around your neighborhood, keeping six feet apart from others of course. So, after you’ve had your snack and watched some TV, why not start writing? I’ll tell you why, because it’s not that simple. Being in quarantine may give you more time to write, but that doesn’t mean you have the inspiration. Even with everything going on in the world right now, it’s not enough to spark motivation in you because right now feels like all of those dystopian novels we’ve read. It’s been done, so now what?

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We’re reading a lot more now that we have time and with each new book we pick up, it feels as if every thought we had about writing a new novel has been done in some shape or form. We all know the saying, it hasn’t been done by you yet, which is true, but it doesn’t help give you any confidence to start writing. So, what do you do?

Here’s what I do…

  1. Write 500 words a day. 

I gave myself that number because 1,000 words are intimidating to me. Sometimes 500 words can be intimidating, so I lower the goal, or I increase it depending on how the words are flowing. Just start with a word count and go from there.

 

2. Write ANYTHING

What you write doesn’t have to make sense or flow right now. In the beginning, you’re just trying to find the story and figure out the characters, so just write the first thing that comes to mind and go from there. Remember, this isn’t the finished product… it’s just the beginning, the first draft, and with a first draft comes a second and third draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect right now.

3. Relax

It’s okay to have writer’s block. Right now the world is a scary place and it’s important to do things to keep your mind at ease. You may want to begin your novel right now, but if you can’t that’s okay. Your novel will get done one day, just take it a step at a time. Write when you want to, not because you feel like you should. Being a writer is a passion and what you write comes from the heart, so be kind to yourself and do what makes your heart happy.

 

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Stuck at Home with Family? Escape With These Reads!

Hey readers!  It’s another Monday.  If you’re staying at home due to covid-19, however, a Monday feels like any other day, especially if you’re around your family a lot.  I’m here to help, and have put together the perfect list of various kinds of books that you may want to read if you’re around your family a lot.

 

Do you want to read about dysfunctional families?

If you want to read about dysfunctional families, then look no further than the following books!

 

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  1. The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story

The story follows David Crow and his three siblings in their idolization of their dad.  He was a tall, strong, smart, and brave self-taught Cherokee who enthralled his family with stories of his World War II feats.  As time passed, though, he discovered that his father had a dark side to him filled with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies, and even murder.  David gets forced into doing his father’s evil bidding, and is subject to abuse by both him and his new wife.  David’s determination allows him to go to college and achieve success.  Even though he has escaped his father, he has a plan to exact revenge on him.

 

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2.  Villa of Sun and Secrets

The protagonist, Carla Sullivan, will soon have her 50th birthday when she discovers that her husband is having another affair, and after the death of her mother, she is in dire need of an escape.  When she finds an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister, Josette, in the south of France, she can’t help but use this as an escape.  She packs her bags and heads to Antibes to find Tante Josette, but when they begin to connect, Carla discovers things that causes her to question her entire life as she knew it.

 

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3.  Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

This book is less fictional and more focused on real-life circumstances, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting (and informative!).  The book is mainly for daughters who have suffered abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, and draws upon more than two decades of therapeutic experience as Dr. Karyl McBride guides readers of the effects of emotional abuse and creating individualized programs for self-protection, resolution, and recovery.  The book essentially tries to explain why some mothers may be so harsh on their daughters, and what they can do to begin healing any problems that arose from that.

 

do you want to read about utopian societies?

Here are some books that highlight what a “perfect” society might be… or at least what we would deem perfect.

 

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  1. The Giver

This book follows 12-year old Jonas and what seems to be his ideal world.  However, it’s not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand why the world is so ideal.  Jonas learns that humans had to give up all knowledge, their culture, their art, etc. for this achievement.  All but one: the Giver.  He tells Jonas that people like him contain all the knowledge of the world and its people, and he is now responsible for passing it down to Jonas, the next Giver-in-line.

 

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2.  Farenheit 451

This story follows Guy Montag, a fireman.  His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.  Montag never questions the things he does, returning home each and every day to his wife, until one day he meets an eccentric neighbor named Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and got information from books instead of the mindless chatter of T.V.  When Guy’s wife tries to kill herself and his neighbor goes missing, he begins to question everything.

 

Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism: Jennings, Chris ...
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3.  Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism

This book tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements showing how they are relevant to their time and even our own.  There’s Mother Ann Lee, the prophet of the Shakers, who would build a quiet but fierce religious tradition.  Next is Welsh industrialist Robert Owen, who came to the Indiana frontier to build an egalitarian, rationalist utopia he called the New Moral World.  Next is French visionary Charles Fourier who blanketed American with colonies devoted to inaugurating a new millennium of pleasure and fraternity.  Next is French radical Étienne Cabet, sailing to Texas with hopes of establishing a communist paradise dedicated to ideals that would be echoed a decade later.  Finally, there’s a brilliant Vermonter named John Humphrey Noyes who set about creating a new society where the human spirit could be perfected in the eyes of God.

 

want to read a book to escape your living room?

Try reading these books if you want to separate your mind from the physical plane.  Ok, maybe that won’t happen, but they’ll sure take your mind off of things.

 

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  1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter.  He is engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years ago.  As Tracker follows the boy’s scent, he comes across creatures set on destroying him.  Tracker then wonders why things are so against him finding this boy and he questions who he is.  The book draws from African history and mythology to create an amazing adventure that’s also an involving read.

 

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2.  Lost in The Seven Worlds

This is a short story of a young woman who finds herself captive in another world and makes a mistake by falling in love with one of the beings.  She is then faced with a crucial decision: will she remain forever lost in the Seven Worlds, or will she accept the challenge of love and escape?

 

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3.  Hidden Wings

Seventeen year-old Emma Wise is the only survivor in a family car crash.  She is whisked away to Alaska to live with an aunt she’s never met.  Once she’s there, secrets are unveiled and now Emma doesn’t know who or what she is.  A centuries-old prophecy places Emma front and center into danger; evil is after her  and she requires help from her aunt and others to be protected… only until she turns eighteen.

 

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Watch ‘New Girl’ Star Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott Read a Kid’s Book!

Zooey Deschanel and Property Brothers star Jonathan Silver Scott recently did a live reading of him and his brother’s children’s book, “Builder Brothers: Big Plans,” on Facebook!  Before they did the reading, they joked, “We have big plans to read “Big Plans,” ’cause we were so busy, we had to clear our schedules.”  Deschanel remarked that she is busy since she’s been home taking care of her kids.

 

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The couple spent the video going back and forth between pages, doing their own impressions of the characters and then showing the page they just read for any children in the audience.  They seemingly get into the book itself, with some side comments for the adults.  At one point they both read a line together with a lot of energy.  Though they do fib some lines at times, it doesn’t detract from the story-telling too much.  It was very enjoyable to watch.

 

At the end of the book, Scott shows a plan for building a birdhouse, holding up the image for any viewers who want to take a screenshot.  Deschanel then started a discussion about the book, asking how the builders knew the holes for the door and windows wouldn’t be too small.  Scott quips back with a self-critical joke that he and his brother aren’t the smartest tools in the shed, or the sharpest avocados in the basket.  Deschanel corrects him: “Or the sharpest knife in the drawer,” before they say goodbye.

 

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Zooey and Jonathan are also sharing what they’re doing while trying to maintain social distancing and stay at home.  On March 27, Jonathan posted on Instagram, “Don’t let our smiles fool you, we both play to win!  How are you spending your time as we all stay #hometogether? @zooeydeschanel and I have been playing games, making music, and of course doing puzzles.,” along with some photos.

 

 

Everyone that is at home is doing all sorts of things while we try to maintain social distancing.  It seems that Zooey and Jonathan are keeping themselves busy!  If you’d like to watch their Facebook video on the book reading, you can go to their post here.

 

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2019 was the Year of the Library

Just when we thought the Library was the last place people wanted to be, because technology reigns supreme over our lives, it comes back with a vengeance. Last year, studies show that more Americans went to the library than to the movies. That’s quite an amazing, yet the shocking turn of events. Based on a Gallup poll, the Library is the place people wanted to be last year.

 

 

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Based on the chart above, you can see more than half of Americans opted to visit the library than go to the movies. At the bottom of the list is going to the zoo, and holding up the middle is going to sports events, visiting museums, and even gambling at the casino only has an average of 2.5 Americans. Even trips to an amusement park are at the bottom of the poll.  However, based on another poll from Gallup, women visited the library twice as more frequently than men, which isn’t that surprising. Also, they are visited more by people in low-income households than by people in high-income households. Young adults also tend to visit the library more as well.

 

 

The 18-29 age group visits the library more frequently than the older age groups, such as 30-49 and 65 and older groups. The young age groups also make frequent visits to the casino, as well as men, make more trips there as well.

 

 

Amongst the income levels, even the highest class still visits the library more than doing other activities. Even though as the incomes decline, you see the numbers go up in library visits. However, high-income households are more inclined to do activities based on the fact that they can afford it more than the other classes, but still going to the library is number one across the board.

Go libraries!

 

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