When you least need Writer’s Block

Sink Plunger

A useful for tool for unblocking

Writing, in its broadest sense, is probably the last civilized tool to abandon a human being. I’m picturing here the educated prisoner holed up for decades in a dungeon, scratching poetry on the damp walls with a chip of stone.

Writing liberates; it gives a window beyond the present situation. It also gives substance to transient feelings, like love or despair. It’s the way the human mind gives shape to its thoughts, tracks them and gives them a certain permanence. It can stop people going mad and bring them back from madness, or sometimes it’s the outward manifestation of madness.

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a prisoner, deprived even of scratchable walls, who composes pieces in his head and commits them to memory. I would love to know how it works. Would each morning consist of a review of all the finished material followed by creating new work? Or would there be some compartment in the brain where the finished parts were stored so as to be retrievable at a later date?

There’s a Spanish poet called Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer whose volume of poetry, finished and submitted to a publisher, was lost in a political revolution. Not something which ought to happen these days if things are backed up properly! Anyway, he wrote out all his poems from memory. I don’t think many poets these days, when set rhythms and rhyme schemes are unfashionable, would be able to do the same.  (The original function of rhyme was in fact to make sagas memorable.)

People can achieve extraordinary things when they’re pushed into it. Like writing by batting an eyelid when the rest of you is paralysed. Or telling yourself stories when you’re supposedly brain-dead but in fact still very much alive in your coma and just not able to communicate.

The worst scourge to afflict anyone whose circumstances were so reduced would have to be Writer’s Block. There would be no alternative activity; nothing to distract. A person would surely go mad in such a situation.

But Writer’s Block in my experience is a mixture of boredom with the task at hand and self-generating demoralisation at lack of inspiration or success. It isn’t even because the job is too difficult; without the handicap of Writer’s Block multiple ways of circumventing the problems would present themselves.

To return to our prisoner, inspiration is like the plant which blooms in an adverse climate (for very sound biological reasons – the plant hopes its progeny will experience better times). Discomfort, loneliness, misery of every kind, can squeeze the best out of us. The important thing is to keep a spark alive because depression and dehumanisation are powerful enemies.

There’s another piece of Spanish literature – a medieval ballad supposedly written and sung by a prisoner who “doesn’t even know when night and day are except for a little bird which sang to him at dawn”. The bird has been killed by an archer; the ballad finishes by cursing him. There may be symbolism behind that bird and that archer, but I prefer to interpret them literally. Out of terrible, bleak circumstances has arisen the most beautifully poignant of poems which has survived down the ages and which must have accompanied many people through dark times.

At His Pleasure – An Erotic Historical Romance

At His Pleasure by Melissa Harding

 Principal category Erotica
 Word count (approximate pages) 31,100 (70)
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Compendium of the first 3 books in the popular ‘Ruling of Bess’ series:

His Word Is Law

Bess is a creature of the forest – free-spirited and happy with her life. One day, as is the custom, she is bride-captured by the local lord of the manor, the handsome and powerful Raoul. Bess must be taught civilised ways and that means the acceptance of her husband’s absolute rule and the consequences of disobedience.

Her Shaming

Bess’ disobedience has gone too far and Raoul must be seen to properly punish her or risk unrest among his subjects. Much more severe measures are called for than normal – no mere spanking will do. Raoul has grown to admire his new wife’s spirit, though, and doesn’t want to hurt her. What will win through?

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Eyes Like A Hawk

Seeing it as a way of escaping her confines for a few hours, Bess takes an interest in falconry. Unfortunately, getting carried away with the occasion, she then goes against the strict instructions of her husband, lord and master. As a result, Raoul is forced to take her to task in the most severe of manners.

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His Word Is Law by Melissa Harding

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 Principal category Erotica
 Word count (approximate pages) 10,200 (30)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $1.50

The tale of the mighty Raoul and his headstrong bride, Bess, begins here!

His Word Is Law is an erotic historical romance set in medieval times. It’s also the first in the ‘Raoul and Bess’ series of books penned by bestselling erotica writer, Melissa Harding.

Bess is a wild and free-spirited creature who is taken captive by the powerful Raoul, the lord of the local castle. In accordance with custom, having captured her, he marries her but Bess’ spirit and natural sassy attitude can’t be pinned down so easily and she constantly rebels against her true love and captor.

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As a result of this disobedience, and concerned about how her behavior might be perceived by his subjects, Raoul is compelled to severely punish Bess, soundly spanking her when she doesn’t comply with his instructions. Raoul’s disciplinary measures are intended to bring Bess into line but not to crush the will of the girl he fell hopelessly in love with from afar. Will he tame Bess, though?

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Independent Review by www.creativewording.com

“His Word Is Law is a simply told, erotic punishment novella which is easy to get into and promises an edgy yet ultimately endearing tale. The heroine and ‘her master’ are engaging, believable characters who exist in an overtly patriarchal culture. This story is something that you can hop into bed with or soak with in the bathtub (if you are that brave with your kindle) and dive right into as a small guilty pleasure.”