"Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead." ~ Gene Fowler
Several years ago, I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory for an injury. One pill almost cost me my life, and most of what little mind I ever had. I was allergic to the medication. Among the consequences was cognitive impairment on top of my existing dyslexia. I suddenly had trouble making sense of sentences that I had known by heart. I had just enough mind left to realize that if the brain is a muscle, it was use it or lose it time.
A friend gave me a computer, and patiently taught me how to use it. (John, I will forever be grateful.) I spent months relearning how to play Solitaire before being able to go online. Since I have always liked the Romance genre (I needed a Happily Ever After very badly.), I quickly found a wonderful group of Romance readers, RBL Romantica. They were racy, funny, kind, and very supportive. The wallpaper on their board is enough to raise the dead. At that time the dead was me! A large percentage of the group are published writers. They immediately encouraged me to use posting as a mental exercise. That first post, of one short paragraph, cost me more than three hours of sweat, but it started me on a path of disciplining my thoughts into coherent written form.
Thank you, Ladies of RBL Romantica.
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