I am having a "Reader's Block"

@Drosophila (16719)
Ireland
March 14, 2016 2:19pm CST
I enjoy reading. In fact, I absolutely love it! I grew up with my nose buried in a book! My poor eyesight is a testimonial to my love of reading. But lately, I've been having "Reader's Block". I can't seem to read beyond one paragraph before my mind wonder off onto something else! Do you like to read? Have you ever experienced "Reader's Block"? Photo: That's the size of my reader's block at the moment! - yes, I took it.
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@just4him (112744)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Mar 16
I was reading as soon as I learned the alphabet and I'm still reading. I don't know if I can say I've ever suffered reader's block. I hope it clears up for you soon. Does that mean you've read all the books on your bookshelves and you don't know what to read next because you don't know where your interests are at the moment?
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
14 Mar 16
It's just that I'm a bit too impatient.. if the book doesn't grab me right away, my mind just wonder. I have a reading list, "don Quixote" is an example.. I kept giving up half way through..
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@just4him (112744)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Mar 16
@Drosophila It's interesting you said that. That is the number one reason why authors are rejected. Their work doesn't hold the interest of the publisher. If they can get past the first page, then the author has a chance. I do my best to make the first paragraphs of my books interesting so those reading will continue to the end. When I got my first compliments from people I knew who bought my book, they exclaimed over it and how it was a page turner. You don't know how happy that made me feel when I thought it would be a bust. Now it will be better than ever as I'm polishing it for the second edition and getting the typos I didn't know about and the punctuation taken care of with help from another author friend.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
@just4him you're right, having engaging content is key. Not all the classics are like this though, for example I start reading pride n prejudice and couldn't quite put it down. So it's definitely a case by case scenario
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
15 Mar 16
Nice pic! I don't know if that's reader's block or lack of focus? Oh yeah, I always experience "reader's block" when I'm reading reports at work. I always feel like staring at a blank paper for hours.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
yep that's the case when am trying to read these days lol.. I do move beyond it though by changing a book. This is the famous "cliff of mohr"
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
15 Mar 16
@Drosophila It always makes me wonder why I find it very hard to read a 30-page report, as if it's written in a foreign language, when I could read Books 1-3 of 50 Shades of Grey in less than week Actually, MyLot is a big detrimental factor to my reading abilities, too. I can read a hundred of posts in an hour (no, that's an exagerration) but I can't finish reading a 10-page scholarly article for the papers I write.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
@yalul070 hahaha I can read things I don't enjoy by paragraph! but it's annoying when the information doesn't actually go into my brain! 50 shades of grey is a very boring book! for all the attention it got its erm .
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 Mar 16
Readers block is the result of reading the wrong stuff or too much information. Think of someones next post entitled I have a big wart on the end of my nose. Now tell me you wanted so much to read about that.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
lol fair point! ya, am also trying to read lengthy books which are probably not helping
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 Mar 16
@Drosophila I've always had the kind of attention for novels that made me compart u mental ize. I don't feel like spelling it. I stop look around the room and ask myself okay what did I just read. Then I have to go back and read the paragraph again. ha ha
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
@Bluedoll lol ya if that happens to much to me with a book.. I just give up, it's then no longer enjoyable. it's a bit like reading a text book
@WorDazza (10042)
• Manchester, England
14 Mar 16
Trust you to be different. Writer's block not good enough for you eh? Seriously though, I've found as I've got older I struggle to concentrate on anything that doesn't really grab my attention. It's a huge problem as a huge part of my job is reading and understanding technical specifications, many of which hold absolutely no interest for me! Can't be age with you! Unless of course you'e just pretending to be a young lady!!!
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
14 Mar 16
lol.. of course! writer's block is so 1999! haha, don't all software devs use Agile system and write bollooxy user stories.. can't believe you still read tech spec! how endearingly old skoool!
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@WorDazza (10042)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
@Drosophila Somebody has to develop the software that runs on embedded systems and drives hardware. If you don't know your way around hardware specs you're worse than useless. Even poncey buzzword bingo Agile developers have to be able to read requirements specs. Most of these modern software development methodologies and processes have been dreamt up to try to allow dumber and dumber people develop software so they can be paid less. You don't need methodologies and processes if you know what you're doing!
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
@WorDazza AMEN! There was I thinking agile is an excuse for devs not to do any work! Because they can say the story ain't right!
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@jaboUK (53528)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 16
What a beautiful photo. I don't read much now - I'm too busy Mylotting.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
14 Mar 16
Thank you! This the famous Cliff of Mohr
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@marlina (72537)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
I have developed cataracts and must say that I am having more difficulty reading now. Still have to wait for the surgery. Do you think that you could have that problem too?
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
14 Mar 16
Nope, there's nothing wrong with my eyes.. Everything wrong with my ability to concentrate
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
14 Mar 16
I did read quite a lot when I was younger, but my eyesight made it become difficult a long time ago.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
14 Mar 16
aww that's a shame!
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@TRBRocks420 (75338)
• Banks, Oregon
14 Mar 16
Readers block I never heard of that one before lol, but yes I am not good with reading really long books most of the time.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
14 Mar 16
Yes, it's invented by me.. You know how writers can't write.. well sometimes readers can't read!
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@Daljinder (21147)
• India
19 Mar 16
LMAO!!! You know I think I have been suffering from this ailment from the last couple of days too. I come here to read discussions, open it and close it right away without reading it. Not finding the patience. LOL I love reading and its not that discussions are not good or anything. Its something about not having the mood lately.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
19 Mar 16
Lol.. I know the feeling all too well.. at least you can try to read a different language and see if it unblocks you
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@Daljinder (21147)
• India
19 Mar 16
I have started writing my unfinished fictions. It has helped me since I am back here and reading again.. Lol
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
19 Mar 16
@Daljinder that is good! I unfortunately, still hate writing :D
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@MALUSE (39077)
• Germany
15 Mar 16
As far as I know reading a lot isn't the reason for poor eyesight. I've never had reader's block. Maybe you should try a different genre to get back into the swing of things? I alternate between 'good' literature and thrillers.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
yep at least that's what my optician said. too much eye strain. That's a good call, I should alternate! you're lucky, as you can alternate between languages too!
@JESSY3236 (6224)
• United States
15 Mar 16
I sometimes get like that. I love to read too.
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
yep that's how it is like for me these past few days.. gonna need some other incentive :D
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
15 Mar 16
I enjoy reading, but sometimes I go through the same lol
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@Drosophila (16719)
• Ireland
15 Mar 16
Or your eyes go over the words but nothing registers! it's the most annoying thing ever!
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