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Writer’s block, revisited

February 5, 2010

Yeah, I know. I’ve talked about it before. I don’t currently have it, but it’s been on my mind this past week, as has everything else that was discussed by T.C. Boyle Monday evening.

He was asked what he does if he hits a ‘dry spell’.

I’ve heard/read other authors give their tips of what they do. Most of them just simply say “Keep writing. Write through it.” A few have some special trick that always seems to work for them.

Boyle looked at his questioner like he had three heads. LOL.

“I don’t have them.” he said. “I’m always writing. When I’m inbetween novels, I write short stories. When I’m ready to write a novel, I write a novel. When I’m done, I may take a break, but then I’m writing short stories again.”

I can’t imagine working on something, and never have that feeling of being ‘stuck’. Not knowing what to write next, at least for a while.

It’s amazing to me that he never seems to experience this.

Do any of the rest of you, like Boyle, never have a problem with writer’s block?

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