Writer’s Block, Anyone?

W.Ink Wednesday for Writers

The monster we call Writer’s Block has 3 manifestations,

and we reveal them on The Write Focus.

It’s a 3-part series on this slimy bugbear > that really doesn’t exist.

All 3 episodes available now. Here’s the link to the 1st episode’s show notes, with links to Podbean, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube: https://thewritefocus.blogspot.com/2021/02/writers-refusal-writers-block-doesnt.html

Information for these three episodes come from Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers, seven lessons to turn anyone from hobby writer to pro writer. Available here:


Think like a Pro / Aristotle Rocks Story

In Think like a Pro: One Ancient Greek / Aristotle Rocks Story, we need a two-cover created from public domain clip art by Emily Dunnpart episode for an Old Geeky Greek’s ideas on plot and characters.

Aristotle knows how character can illuminate plot as well as the essential characters that every story needs.

Who is Aristotle? And …

What can a man over 2400 years old tell us about plot and characters?

More than most people think.

He’s tells us quite a lot about plot and characters … since every new and modern  writing terms is merely a re-thinking of the concepts that he worked on over 2,000 years ago.

Aristotle has the rocks for our foundational plot and characters. Both episodes run at 20 minutes each.

In the first episode, we look Aristotle’s essentials for dramatic structure, which creates a character-illuminated plot.

      • Mimesis
      • Peripeteia
      • Hamartia, with a side excursion on Hubris
      • Catastrophe
      • Catharsis, with Horace’s “dulce et utile” as a clear explanation

The second episode delves into Aristotle’s essential characters.

      • Protagonist (secrets and ghosts)
      • Antagonist
        • 5 types of conflict
        • 5 simple villains
        • 5 not-simple villains
      • Deuteragonist
      • Tritagonist
      • Chorus
        • 3 purposes of chorus characters
        • 10 side characters who provide the purpose of chorus characters
      • deus ex machina
        • coincidence and its problems
        • foreshadowing’s importance

The next episode series from Think like a Pro will cover chapter 5 (3 episodes anticipated), One Simple: Injunction: Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist.


We delve quite a lot into Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Euripedes’ Medea. People are often wary of launching into the usual Euripedes translation. For years, I taught Robinson Jeffers’ “translation” (it’s actually a re-thinking) to 9th graders at all levels. Easy to read and to follow. Concord Theatricals quotes the New York Daily News which said that it “won cheers and thirteen curtain calls”.  Also from NY Daily News ~
 Judith Anderson (who performed Jeffers’ play in its first performance) was triumphant as Medea in New York, winning the Tony Award as Best Actress. Critics and audiences alike agreed that this adaptation of the Greek classic reaffirms Jeffers’ preeminent place among modern poets.

Think like a Pro by M.A. Lee: https://www.amazon.com/Think-like-Pro-Advent-Writers/dp/1983248266/

original cover by Deranged Doctor DesignOld Geeky Greeks  by M.A. Lee: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082T3YVMK

Music for the Podcast (I always forget to add this) is “Background Music Logo” from plastic3 on Audio Jungle. Background Music Logo by plastic3 | AudioJungle

Listen to the first episode, posted on 2/3, and then follow up with the second  (on 2/10) on Podbean. Go straight to episode 2 with this link.

Listen on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-write-focus/id1546738740%20


On Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4fMwknmfJhkJxQvaaLQ3Gm?si=0GFku2PbShWXiDhRp7JaDQ

Or choose to listen on YouTube (but it’s usually glitch city because it doesn’t like sticking on one powerpoint screen) Our entire YouTube Channel is located at this link: Writers Ink Books – YouTube.

*Just Start Writing* Celebrates a 1st Birthday!

Are stories swirling around? Are ideas to share whirling in your mind? Are you on a carousel, all colors and mirrors with unicorns and griffins and dragons to ride?

That carousel of ideas tempts you to step on and enjoy the ride—yet you hesitate to pass the gate and climb up and select a ride. It’s too wondrous, too dreamlike for any reality.

Just Start Writing is designed to convince you to buy that ticket, walk through the gate, spy out the animal you want to ride, and climb on. The carousel is real, not a wonderful dream.

“Wait,” you may say. “I’ve tried before. I’ve read writing guidebooks until my eyes glaze over. I joined a writing group. I scan Pinterest and read the links. Writing just—it looks overwhelming. It can’t be that easy.”

Writing is that easy.

Just pour those swirling ideas onto the page.

And you want this dream, don’t you? Hasn’t the dream of writing persisted? Don’t you keep jotting ideas down? Aren’t you investigating and exploring because you can’t release the dream?

That was me. I’ve wanted to be a published writer since the Dark Ages. A few years ago I became serious about my dream. I set a deadline to publish my first book in 2015—and I succeeded! Since then, I haven’t looked back. As M.A. Lee and my other two pseudonyms, I’ve published 30 titles, mostly fiction.

Now people ask, “How did you start writing?” and “How do you come up with all of those stories?”

Writers ask, “How do I start writing? and “Where do you get your ideas?”

See the difference in those questions? Most people don’t care about the process. Writers want the process so they can apply it to their own carousels of struggles.

That’s our first admission, you and me:  Writing can be a struggle. It’s easy, but it’s also a dizzy whirl.

If these questions are yours—How do I start writing? and Where do you get your ideas?—then Just Start Writing is for you.