Can’t write

I don’t know if it’s the cold office, the dark office, the office that moves up and down (the boat in London) or something else, but I can’t seem to write anything interesting at the moment. For some reason this brings me on to George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing. Personally, I’d add that if you are blocked go out and see something (someone?) different. Generally do something else until the urge returns. Or visit your muse. The six rules:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

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2 Responses to Can’t write

  1. niiiiiko says:

    Have you tried going upside down (headstand)? or going into a crab – probably more prompt as you’re near the water… since these movements are complete opposites to what you normally do daily they will enhance all your senses..

    Mental Benefits [of headstand]
    The headstand benefits your mind by sharpening your concentration and your senses. Because of the challenging nature of the pose, the headstand helps you overcome fear. A regular yoga practice that includes the headstand can result in improved memory and sharper, clearer thinking. It can give you a renewed vitality, steadiness and an overall feeling of calm. Headstand can also enhance your overall mood and your mental balance, improving your ability to succeed in a variety of situations.

  2. Richard says:

    I am willing to try anything!


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