Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How to cope with writer's block

Author Angie Sage doesn’t really believe in writer’s block except as a roundabout way of admitting you’ve run out of ideas. Here are her top tips on how to get started again!

Angie Sage
Angie Sage: Ideas often disappear when your story is stuck. Photograph: PR
‘Writer’s block’ is a weird phrase. It implies that writing is an arcane art that channels a mysterious force—a force which may, like a drain, become blocked by malevolent forces beyond the writer’s control.

You can probably guess that I don’t believe in writer’s block. But what I know for sure is that if you write you will at some time – shh, don’t tell anyone – run out of ideas. This is kind of embarrassing for a writer and the temptation to give up and sit by the fire with a bar of chocolate and a nice book that someone else has gone to the trouble of writing is sometimes too much. If you call this state ‘writer’s block’ the chances are that your family will tiptoe around you very respectfully and possibly even ask if you fancy a chocolate éclair as well.

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