Excerpts from Writer’s Block Moves

An article entitled Writer’s Block Moves appeared in the June 2008 issue of Writer’s Digest. The article’s subtitle calls it an “irreverent guide to pushing past writer’s block.” Here were my favs:

Marc Norman: “I see if I can steal from somebody else.”

Joe Survant: “I go out back and plink at squirrels with a BB gun.”

Barbara Kingsolver: “I don’t have time for writer’s block. I’m a working mom.”

Luc Sante: “I do the Sortes Vergilianae–hold a book upright and stick a knife between two random pages, then look at the first line.”

Peter Coyote: “I write at a desk with six drawers. The top two are catch-alls, crowded with pens, batteries, business cards, eyeglasses, paper clips, and other essentials. Cleaning and ordering these drawers becomes important in inverse proportion to how stuck I am as a writer. Thankfully, most of the time, they’re a mess.”


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