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Ships that pass in the night Probably the most uncomfortable feeling in the world is caused when you find yourself looking at a blank page that you want to write an article on.It matters not how much experience you have or how many times you have been here the feeling is always the same.
Many years ago I had a friend who was a song writer by profession and he had a rich history and many "hits" that he had written in the past.
I found him one day as he was trying to find the words and melody that he could use to express that certain thought he wished to convey.
It was hard for me to to realize that with his talent and experience he would suffer the same discomfort that many of us with less talent also suffered.
He told me something that day that I still remember.
He said "if you ever undertake the task of speaking not only from your mind, but also from your heart, and don't suffer the pangs of fear and dread caused from a blank page you are finished as a writer."
Well, I am not a good writer. However, I am pleased to announce that I still feel a bit "ill at ease" when I find myself looking at a blank page.The 90-9-1 theory - What is it?
The 90-9-1 theory explains the percentages of a forum's participation, breaking it down as readers being the highest percent, with minor contributors being the 9 percent, and active contributors at only 1 percent of the members.
Enter 90-9-1 theory in a search engine some rainy afternoon for some very interesting reading. Also see Nielson's page at:
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/participation-inequality/
I am reminded of a bit of prose. "Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one to another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence."
The 90 percent are important - they read and understand.
Our hearts and minds are one when a voice calls out from the mist -
"Aye mate, can you spare me moment? I have something on my mind", and we speak one to another.

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Cristian

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Mar 12 16 11:55 AM

I've been in that situation before. Writing isn't always an easy task. I also find that my wife struggles with this with her artwork. There are times I have walked in on her just staring at her blank canvas not knowing what she should put on it. Getting started is the hardest part of any job. Once you throw yourself into it, there is no stopping what comes next.

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Chocolat3

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Mar 15 16 3:24 AM

I suppose this is why my parents were against me when I wanted to make a living from my hobby (singing, that is). You can feel burned out from the routine in years, even though it is a hobby. I feel that as long as the interest is still there, it will reach out to people someday somehow. The point is to take a step back when necessary and try once more. Nothing comes easy in life, I guess.

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FiddlingCat

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Mar 20 16 1:40 PM

I can empathize as well

Since I was 11-12, I have tried to write a book on and off. My first attempt was a cute attempt at combining all of my favorite cartoons into one world. That one probably got up into 1000+ pages.
After that, I tried to write my own original piece. I would get up as high as 800, or maybe as few as 5 before I would start over. Every time I start over, or get stuck, I would just end up staring at the page with frustration. I would have a million ideas coming through my head at once, and of the culminative effect, also none. 
I have given a break to the book writing. I have a lots of poems that I have written(none recently), and I may try to edit those first. I have found that a writing changes with each of my attempts to copy it down. As I transfer it to a fresh page, it is always altered.
I can understand how your songwriter friend feels. 

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