FAQ—Issue 1

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I write something else! I always have several projects going on at once, so if I hit a dead end with one, I just change gears. A lot of times, that means changing genres, which helps me a lot.

Also, I remind myself that it’s just a draft. Usually “writer’s block” is jut me being a perfectionist. I know what I want to say, I just don’t know how best to say it yet.

The bottom line is that I don’t stop writing. That’s the worst thing you can do. You have to keep the momentum going.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

If there’s one piece of advice I would give all aspiring writers, it’s to read as much as you can. I learned a lot from completing an MFA program, but you don’t need a degree in writing in order to write well. You just need to read. A lot. Cancel your cable service and use that money to buy books. Then use the time you would have spent watching TV to actually read the books. Read for pleasure, but if you like what you’re reading, slow down and think about what makes it work.

Check out the Reading resource page for more tips.

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