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Acting “as if” as a way of easing past writer’s block

William James, the psychologist and brother of novelist Henry James, wrote that our actions create our moods and not the other way around.  A current way of saying it is “you can act your way into right thinking, but you can’t think yourself into healthy acting.

What would it mean if you pretended you were a fluent novelist or screenwriter?

Could you?  Will you?

I have felt almost possessed by poets I admire and watched the poems write themselves.  Even afterward I have almost no connection to the poem.

Successful novelists are willing to write no matter what.  They are OK usually with writer’s clearly inferior prose while the people who get blocked have their perfectionism showing.

What happens if we are willing to intentionally write poorly?  I have done it and found the writing actually gets better.

Try it and let me know what works and what doesn’t.

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