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How to break through walls: A writer’s perspective on the infamous “block”

By Judy Ann Crawford

How to break through walls: A writer’s perspective on the infamous “block”

People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.—Anna Quindlen

So it’s time to write the thing. Topic? Check. There it is, typed out at the top of the page, a vast whiteness beneath it that you are trying not to focus on. Coffee? Of course. Donut? No. You can’t risk the inevitable crash that follows the sugar rush. There will be no crashing. It’s writing day. Time? Yes. You even have supper prepared ahead (that is, five or six supper-like ingredients tossed into a dish, including copious amounts of cheese, which you hope qualify as a casserole). So why aren’t you writing?

Writer’s block. (more…)