That‘s Cursive, not Curses …
When I have writer’s block, I find the shortest distance between brain and words. For me, it’s journal and pen. Even though my fingers fly on the keyboard at 90 wpm, using Cursive is faster. I’ve tried everything—all kinds of software on computer, iPhone, iPad, Fire—but still, it’s fast penning that unblocks my words.
I let the pen do what it will, forgetting punctuation and capitalization as my mind kites down its mental stream.
Most of it, this word flow, never gets into the computer, not that I know of, anyway. This trick of mine may sound like stream of consciousness, but, believe me, it’s not. In its raw form, it resembles sewage.
To show you what I mean, here’s a demo: …thinking now of a flock of brown pelicans on florida’s coastline lolloping in the air just above the waves all of them circling together like god’s corps de ballet wings so bright and flapping beauties all of them just off the shore landing on the water feeling the ocean breeze hair filling with sand but what’s that smell seaweed mixed with something even more pungent a sack a body in the sack serafina purses her lips … and pretty soon, the words become a story. At that point, I continue on the computer.
I’m particular about pens and journals because it’s a unique sound and feel that helps to unblock my words. For me, it’s made by using Pelikan pens on the paper used in Moleskine journals. I use Moleskines because the journal sits flat on the desk every time, no matter the page. And the Pelikan rollerball glides like a stealth in the night. Besides, the black fine is almost like using the old-fashioned Pelikan sketching nib, the one that made such a wonderful scratch.
But in a pinch, writing with any pen or pencil on any scrap will do me just fine.
An afterword: I’ve heard that they don’t teach Cursive anymore, not in American public grade schools in the midwest, at any rate. Our impoverished grandchildren.
Your thoughts? I’d love to hear about how you deal with writer’s block.