Help for blocked writers

Now, if you have time to read this, you have time to take my survey – 43 people have completed it. I need 100 by Sunday! Be a part of fascinating research.  

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Last night a group of writers met and one of us shared a compelling list of all the reasons they could not write. 

Here’s what we suggested.

This Year you write your novel – Walter Mosley
Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande
Steering the craft – Ursula Le Guin

Find a blogathon and sign up!

Join a writer’s support group

Listen to Elizabeth Gilbert (whether you like her stuff or not)

But basically we all said, SO WHAT? Just do it. We all feel the same. We all feel the shame.

Most of us (all of us?) can’t write as wonderfully as we desperately desire … Not without practice, blood, sweat & tears. And even then, the gap between the magic in your head and the reality on paper is just part of the way life is. But what on earth would we have to read and be inspired by if those of us so compelled didn’t stick with it …



Filed under Bibliotherapy, Books etc., On writing

3 responses to “Help for blocked writers

  1. I’m so glad you posted this! I haven’t watched the video yet but I will, and I know I would have forgotten all about it if you hadn’t linked to it.

  2. nathaliehourihan

    Video good for when having one of those moments of writing despair!

  3. Angela

    Yes, thank you for posting this. The video did help!
    And I’ve now got a laptop. Step one…

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