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BEYOND THE SHELF is general commentary about the blog or the mystery and crime writing business by author and site administrator Shannon Muir that doesn’t fall in the scope of a regular column. This week’s topic is the topic of not managing to write what you hope to accomplish.

Many people throw around the term “writer’s block” when they get stuck. I realize the terms means different things to different people.

For me, it means emotionally wanting to continue on a same particular piece but for some reason I’m stuck on what to do with it.

The reality is that I could just start trying to write something else – anything else – and see if it takes me somewhere.

The fear that can be had, and I know I do, is that I just write stuff down that goes nowhere and then feeling the time has been wasted and is not productive.

Sometimes you just need to say, “I was productive because I wrote a few creative words,” even if they don’t go anywhere for the long haul.

I’ve certainly had days like that.

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