Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Writer's block.(Letters)(Letter to the editor).

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WITH ALL DUE respect to Lois Duncan ["5 ways to break writer's block," April], there's no such thing as writer's block, and writers need to stop using this misleading, worn-out phrase.

If you are unable to write, it's either because your characters have nothing to say, do or think, or you simply don't have a workable idea in the drawer.

Check your plot for action that demands your characters' attention. Check your characters for a lack of motivation to act. And if you don't have an idea, so what? Ideas worth writing about simply happen, and they will.

Stop claiming to have this mythical, exclusive "writer's block" disease. The problem is in your story. And if you're between projects, take your foot off the throttle. Where is it written that you must have an idea every day of the week?

Writer's block? I don't think so.

Andrew Davis

Salisbury, N.C.

Source Citation
Davis, Andrew. "Writer's block." The Writer July 2009: 7. General OneFile. Web. 10 Nov. 2009. .

Gale Document Number:A200116993

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