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A Very Unique Take On Writer’s Block


I have an online friend from Lithuania.

Tomas Karkalas. Tomas

He’s an excellent photographic artist.

English is not his first language and some may find his writing hard to understand but I find it particularly Poetic—his use of English is not “wrong”—it’s Unique

I encourage your visiting his blogs:

Modus Vivendi

Art of Butterfly in Plaster

Art by Tomasportrait of my street by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

But I want to reproduce, with his permission, the article, How to overcome the writer’s block:

“How to overcome the writer’s block puzzles many. So I dared to share my experience with you. When the world’s events look unpredictable and force us to dive into the guessing for the future I did not give in but look for my dictionary. I start writing in a foreign language.

“The difference between the phrases ‘I did not’ and ‘I do not’, for example, becomes just the healing experience then. Becomes something I am able to discover and claim for sure. The lack of self-confidence vanish from sight, the credibility gab disappears from view. My Lithuanian-English dictionary thus puts me into the gratitude. I know nothing more fruitful than the hearty Thank you.”

I would love to hear some of your interpretations of his unique view :-)

Don’t be shy—you can’t be “wrong”—do, please, share in the Commentsespecially if Tomas’ words give you a unique insight into breaking out of the cramp of writer’s block.
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Writers Learning from Other Artists . . .


Francis Ford Copolla has said, “The short story is the natural narrative, linear narrative to become a film. Many, many short stories have become films.”

Copolla also gave indications for how to use a novel to make a film.

And, as a writer, I’ve always learned a lot from films; most recently, the movie Traffic.

But the purpose of this post is to pay tribute to a unique artist, Tomas Karkalas.

I’ve known him for quite awhile and his particular form of art is intriguing—taking photos of life and manipulating them into works of art

Like many artists, he’s a bit modest and will often excuse his “Lithuanian English”, but I even find the way he writes creative.

Please do visit the last two links to discover this amazing artist and pay close attention to a particular part of the comment he left in yesterday’s post. It’s important enough to format in a special way because it’s something this writer has learned from an artist in another field of creativity:

Publishing is the inevitable – is like a breathing, like the signature of being alive.

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