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THE AGONY WRITER

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PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINE AMOUR LEVAR

Wish I could make my sentences go on and on,

no need for a period for after every period comes a new beginning,

as much a cause of agony as the blank page.

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This post is my response to this weekend’s writing prompt from Trifecta. To join, go to Trifecta Writing Challenge. This weekend’s challenge is to write about a new beginning in 33 words.

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31 thoughts on “THE AGONY WRITER

    • Thank you. “A blank page” or more accurately a blank space is what faces me every time I’m about to move on to the next sentence, but it’s worse because most of the time it has to support or contradict what precedes it and must transition to what should follow it. If it’s the very last sentence I’m writing, it has to be conclusive or at least sort of wraps up everything I wrote before.

  1. Sorry to bother you with this, but since I’m having all these WP problems I was wondering if you could make a comment and a “like” on my blog. Any comment, any post will do. If you unable to “like” or comment please let me know by replying here.
    Thanks for your help.
    Also perhaps you need to know all the problems are only with WP personal domain blogs which I believe is what you have. My husband is experiencing the same problems – he can’t like, comments take forever to appear, and the blogs are extremely slow to open
    Alison

    • Hi Alison,

      You might be surprised to see so many comments from me on your blog. This is not to say that WP is not a bit erratic. I’m finding it harder and harder to check my stats and notifications, if only because it takes forever to open and when they do, there are some parts, like the country stats, that are left unopen. I don’t know, Maybe it’s also the Internet speed. While I was away on a trip to the beach this weekend, my site was completely off-limits to me, but so were Instagram and Facebook.

  2. Oh I love this! And I agree completely. Every period gives pause and allows the chance for doubt to slip in and delay the next sentence!

    • That’s true: Unlike the first sentence, the next sentence draws much from its precedent and is somewhat responsible for what will follow it. The next sentence may decide whether its precedent has to be changed or thrashed altogether. Come to think of it, the next sentence can be more challenging than a completely blank page.

    • Thank you, but that’s thanks to Trifecta’s 33-word limit. I could’ve gone on and on, verbose as I am and sometimes needlessly wordy, if not for the discipline set by the challenge.

    • Please do and let me know how it works out. It’s my dream to unslave myself from the punctuation marks. I am a devotee of the serial comma and I love the em-dash as much as I love Star Wars, the whole New Age idea of it. Try and read Gertrude Stein on punctuation — I think it will inspire you.

    • So do I but only after I’ve filled it out. I devoted a chapter on the blank page in book “Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Style Dictator” (https://aapatawaran.com/dream-2/), where I called it “Begin at the Beginning” and where I wrote something to this effect: “If it were not blank, what good would a page be to you as a writer seeking to create, except to read it, be inspired by it, or be envious of it.”

    • Sorry my first reply was a little careless, so please ignore it (I don’t know how to delete it). Here’s a less careless version:

      So do I but only after I’ve filled it out. I devoted a chapter to the blank page in my book “Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Style Dictator” (https://aapatawaran.com/dream-2/), where I called it “Begin at the Beginning” and where I wrote something to this effect: “If it were not blank, what good would a page be to you as a writer seeking to create, except to read it, be inspired by it, or be envious of it.”

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