Writer’s Block – Be Prepared.

Dear fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

As our beautiful daughter is flying to Germany at this moment on her first trip overseas, you would probably believe I was ill-advised to promise a blog post today. Fear not, knowing she was starting her School Trip today, I had a plan. I had planned to reblog (correct term, I believe) a great post from the knowledgeable and funny Valerie Choo and Alison Tait of The Australian Writer’s Centre. www.writerscentre.com.au However, that was not to be, search as I might, I could not find the post in which, among other things they recommended always carrying your preferred writing tool even to the beach or wherever you holiday, because you never know when inspiration will strike. 

Plan B- find another helpful blog post to use and I did! A post from American writer Jeff Goins, alas it will not allow me to reblog, it will however, allow me to share it on my Facebook page. So, it’s been a long and winding road this week, nonetheless if you’d like to visit my Journeygirl page on Artelle Lenthall’s Facebook account you’ll find a number of good ideas on what to do when Writer’s Block inevitably strikes. 

I’d also like to add another point, which I have both heard before and found helpful for myself. Or perhaps it is simply an embellishment on Valerie and Alison’s point. Have a list, journal, shoebox computer file (or how ever you choose to organise your writing) of ideas, notes, pictures, inspirational articles that you can come back to when you’re stuck. Like some parched pirate who finally finds the hidden treasure chest, you’ll be throwing these forgotten jewels all over yourself in joy, or if you have any sense, using them to trigger your next great piece of writing! Or just a piece of writing, which after all is enough. All you want is to start writing again after all.

Well, as I wait to find out how my gorgeous girl’s journey is going, may I wish you a smooth or action-packed (your choice) writing journey with minimal blocks across your path.

Farewell fellow travellers,


About Artelle Lenthall

Hi Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends, I am a published Picture Book author as well as a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. I am loving the new 'sites' on the continuing road to publication. I belong to the Fellowship of Australian Writers(FAW) Creative Kids Tales(CKT) Jen Storer’s The Scribblers and although I'd love to belong to more writing related organisations, I have found friends, support, critiquing and general encouragement with these, for which I am truly grateful. I also subscribe to Tara Lazar's specialist Picture Book website; How to Write For Kids While Raising Them, Buzz Words and The Duck Pond where I am one of the moderators. These inspire me in the development of my craft. Worth a look if like me, Picture Books and Children’s Writing are your passion.
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