How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tips 4 and 5

Clock_up-330I sometimes think Writer’s Block should be called Writer’s Clock, the awareness of time ticking by in the real world as I stare at the blank page each day. I’m annoyingly aware of appointments to keep, meals to cook, people to contact, deadlines to make–all time-related activities. The best advice I’ve ever received is to tell myself I have All the Time in the World. It’s almost a mantra for me. The second thing I tell myself is to write One Short Paragraph, which certainly all the time in the world will allow me to do. Result: I usually write more than that, and, if I’m lucky, enter that state of “flow” in which time doesn’t exist.

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