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JeffersonBales - tutorjb1 wrote at 2012-10-02 13:22:59
Hello Mira, sir.

If, after you've tried the suggestions I gave you in this answer, you're still unable to break out of your "block," please don't hesitate to ask me a follow-up or a new question and I'd like to see you start a conversation with the other members in the Bookdoctors group. I'm afraid most are somewhat shy and need somebody like you to get them talking. Also,in his book, _Telling Lies For Fun and Profit_, Block calls his chapter on Writer's Block, Time Out(which I believe is an apt description of his view of the Problem." and how you can use it to your advantage.  GOOD LUCK!


JeffersonBales :-)

Jefferson Bales - tutorjb1 wrote at 2012-10-06 14:52:30
Hi Mira!

I was rereading my answer and realized I hadn't really noticed your statement about alarm clocks previously.

THROW THAT THING AWAY! You certainly don't want to try to push yourself with any kind of mechanical device, and surely not an alarm clock! That can only bug and distract you without giving you any ideas to write about unless(and you may wish to) write about somebody being tortured by alarm clocks. Seems sort of science-fictiony and that's the only way I can imagine an alarm clock being any help at all.

If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Have a great day! You will if you do your writing early and get it out of the way. I hope you've been to mt Bookdoctors group.

JB :-)

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Hello Friends: My qualifications and experience are enumerated in detail in my Writing Books Category. I would have preferred to begin in this Creative Writing Category so that questioners would not be too intimidated to ask me for help writing short stories, journaling or any type of fiction or creative writing in addition to novels. I love to help writers develop their stories. I can answer any general or specific question relating to contemporary fiction technique and direct writers to helpful and authoritative Web sites as well as recommend books from my large collection. I am a working writer with a B.A. in English from UNC,Chapel Hill,N.C. where I later attended Advertising Journalism Grad school. I also participated in the Georgetown University Writers Conference and studied design in the Architecture program at UNC,Charlotte,N.C. I helped found and contributed non-fiction about writing technique and flash fiction to its first edition. After participating in only the final 3 years of's free Q&A service, I rose to #1 in the Fiction category, 5 Music categories and Disabilities despite having to deal with others' cheating. I will do my best to answer any question I'm asked and also tell you how I arrived at my answers to enable you to help yourself in the future. I prefer general, story-development questions(particularly dealing with humorous fiction), but am able to handle most technical questions in any genre and put people together who happen to be dealing with similar problems. Please do not hesitate to ask me any question you may have. I will admit if your question is so far beyond my expertise that my answer is an educated guess. I prefer not to deal with Poetry though I can handle some. I'll reluctantly deal with Romance fiction. I find it formulaic and boring so haven't read much even though I do know working Romance authors and publishers, so if it interests you I'll do my best to assist you. Sincerely, tutorjb1


Completed the four year English program at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC in only three years. I also did library research and graduate collation work using the first American and first two English editions leading to publication of the first approved edition of Fenimore Cooper's _The Pathfinder_. I made very good grades in every writing course I took at Carolina, Creative Writing I and II and Grad. courses in Writing for T.V. while still an undergrad. Following graduation, I read every issue of Writers Digest from cover to cover for 15 years, joined WD's book clubs and am a fan of and correspond with Larry Block, the great author and writing teacher who wrote WD's Fiction column those 15 years while WD was a monthly. I still read WD when I notice something of particular interest to me and do the same with The Writer magazine. I helped Chris(its Publisher and Editor in Chief) found and contributed non-fiction and flash fiction to its first edition. Worked as a writer and consultant in every department of an NBC affiliate. Just completed a humorous short story(in the style of O.Henry) about the mysterious Bull Hole in central N.C. that will be published as a short story to publicize the novel that I am adapting it to become the first chapter of. I founded The Oblong Table of writers that includes DustiiArt and Lillie Ammann( and is still open to new writers seeking to publish. Read "Writer Beware" at and only deal with recommended publishers, editors and agents at Preditors and Editors. It was at, but moves so Google it. I assisted a novelist in getting out of Publish America's unfair contract. Never deal with PA and avoid "sponsored" links/ sites no matter where you encounter them, even those on this Web site. My nearly constant research in the undergrad. and Grad.libraries at UNC made it easy for me to quickly become an expert at Web searches and I love doing them. Your friend, JB :)

Founder of The Oblong Table of writers to which DustiiArt and Lillie Ammann( belong. Member of UNC-Chapel Hill's Alumni Association and The Association of Space Alien Abductees. I founded and own the open Yahoo! groups at tutorjb and bookdoctorsandeditors. I've been putting every valuable resource I've found for writers in the Messages at so they won't be lost the next time my computer dies for whatever reason. The Messages in Yahoo! groups are also alphabetized and searchable, which I find much easier than peering down a list of Favorites that reaches to the center of the Earth. A very good and the easiest-to-remember English Etymology(word-origin) site is at

Publications, NBC television, I wrote and would have published the guide to learning to play bass guitar in less than a day I wrote if the editor had known what a fret or the neck was or known enough to ask me, instead of just telling me that I was wrong without even doing as I suggested and simply looking at a bass in a music store. Editors aren't always right, no matter what you may have heard. No matter how hard one tries, they can't all be accommodated, though most can. I can always rewrite it and publish it in Playboy's Christmas issue.

B.A. English from UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. Never took a 'crip" course at UNC. Instead took Grad. courses open to undergrads by permission of the instructor. Successfully completed UNC's four-year English program in three years after taking All music classes my first semester and All business classes my second semester. Did well enough to attend UNC's graduate Advertising Journalism school and study design in the Architecture school at UNC-Charlotte. Later participated in Georgetown University's Writers Conference. I treated my time at as a three-year open-book test, helping as many people as possible, even handling personal problems

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Award for irritating my alien abductors so much that they returned me in disgust with only my saxophone. I'm glad to be back. It was a surprise to be abducted from the deck of that Mississippi riverboat docked at my birthplace of Hannibal, MO. It was those pesky aliens from the past that supposedly seeded the Earth with life, but I caught the little buggers just returning at night to unplug every plug from the sockets of homes they could enter. Beware! Lock your doors at night and keep laughing. Also earned the #1 rank in Fiction, Disabilities and five Music categories in only's final three years(I acquired my first broken-down PC and only found when it had three years left). I've got a much better computer system now,but still don't have all the puter junk I need. JB ;-)

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Chris,Founding Publisher and Original Editor in Chief of is now in Journalism Grad. school at T.U. on the way to becoming a magazine editor so has let the highly-successful Zine go. WXII-TV(the Winston-Salem,N.C. NBC affiliate).

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