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“Raven's Cove, a great mystery by Mary Ann Poll. Avoid it when winds are gusting to hurricane speed outside. No extra creepiness needed.”
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Step aside Stephen King, Alaska’s Mary Ann Poll is here to spin new tales of the super-natural and the ungodly, as her heroes and heroines take on the forces of evil on 'The Last Frontier.' ~Jeff Babcock

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Writer’s Block: When Creativity Takes a Coffee Break

Writer's Block is no joking matter. But, for the purposes of adding some levity to a serious situation, the following blog is both practical and whimsical. May you smile and be inspired after you read it. 

Ah, the notorious and mischievous Writer's Block – a formidable foe that even the most eloquent of scribes, myself included, have wrestled with in the arena of creativity. But fear not, for in the face of this lexical impasse, I offer you not one, but two strategies I have used to triumph over its clutches:

 Behold the audacious act of writing through the block! Ah, yes, as I penned my first novel,  Ravens Cove, I too encountered this formidable barrier around the 10,000-word mark. Did I surrender to its grip? Absolutely not! Instead, I embraced a strategy most whimsical – I continued to write, fully prepared for the resulting prose to resemble the nonsensical meanderings of a drowsy sloth. Yet, imagine my astonishment when the very words that tumbled forth like mischievous kittens turned out to be the golden key unlocking the door to my narrative predicament. Truly, the winding corridors of our subconscious are an enigma of wonderment.

Now, picture this: a writer, beset by the vexations of Writer's Block, takes a hiatus, a creative siesta if you will. They embark on a quest to discover that sacred oasis where tranquility and inspiration frolic hand in hand. In my case, it involves an idyllic rendezvous on the patio, accompanied by an ambrosial elixir known as coffee. Here, amidst the avian symphony and the hypnotic cascade of a poolside waterfall, I engage in a tête-à-tête with the Almighty Author of Creativity Himself, interspersed with copious amounts of deep breathing. For in this interlude, the invisible currents of ingenuity find their way back into the sails of my imagination.

So, fellow pen-wielder, when the nefarious Writer's Block comes knocking, remember these two gems: the audacious act of writing on, even if the words resemble a carnival of gibberish, and the quest for that divine retreat where you can commune with the cosmos, caffeinate your musings, and simply breathe.

Until Next Time, 

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