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 Twelve Quick Tips for Beating Writer’s Block 
‘The writer’s duty is to keep on writing’, said novelist William Styron.
But what do you do when you simply can’t write—when that blank screen or empty page seems to be mocking your inability to come up with an idea or compose a decent sentence?
What you could do is consider the advice offered by these 12 professional writers.
Don’t concede it exists. ~Richard Ford
Ignore it: you never stop speaking; why stop writing? ~Quentin Crisp
Take a walk. ~Nancy Hathaway
Read. ~Amy Wallace
Take five ice cubes, place in clean glass, add vodka. ~Phil Mushnick
Try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. ~H.G. Wells
Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. ~Mary Heaton Vorse
Pretend to be writing to an aunt. ~John Steinbeck
Write badly. Bad writing is easier. ~P.J. O’Rourke
Write anything, anything at all that comes into your head. ~Stephen Spender
Feel panic at how quickly life slips by. Get to work. ~Nicholson Baker
Prescription for writer’s block: Begin. ~Cynthia Ozick
By Richard Nordquist
from Writers Write
Twelve Quick Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

‘The writer’s duty is to keep on writing’, said novelist William Styron.

But what do you do when you simply can’t write—when that blank screen or empty page seems to be mocking your inability to come up with an idea or compose a decent sentence?

What you could do is consider the advice offered by these 12 professional writers.

  1. Don’t concede it exists. ~Richard Ford
  2. Ignore it: you never stop speaking; why stop writing? ~Quentin Crisp
  3. Take a walk. ~Nancy Hathaway
  4. Read. ~Amy Wallace
  5. Take five ice cubes, place in clean glass, add vodka. ~Phil Mushnick
  6. Try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. ~H.G. Wells
  7. Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. ~Mary Heaton Vorse
  8. Pretend to be writing to an aunt. ~John Steinbeck
  9. Write badly. Bad writing is easier. ~P.J. O’Rourke
  10. Write anything, anything at all that comes into your head. ~Stephen Spender
  11. Feel panic at how quickly life slips by. Get to work. ~Nicholson Baker
  12. Prescription for writer’s block: Begin. ~Cynthia Ozick

By Richard Nordquist

from Writers Write

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