How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 15

GET AWAY: Part 2
Get away from your manuscript. Literally and forever. Sometimes writers are struggling with the wrong project. Sometimes they slave unhappily over The Thing that’s holding them back, every now and then attempting “other Things” to relieve the pain. Sometimes enough is enough. Not only that, sometimes one of those other Things is what they really ought to be working on. I once kept struggling with a novel about a girl in the 1950’s who disguised herself as a boy in order to play on a hockey team. I thought it was a good idea for a story, except for the fact that I couldn’t seem to get her on the ice. Perhaps the problem was that I’ve never played hockey, don’t know much about the game, and don’t even like it that much. As soon as I realized all that, I discovered that my “block” was the project, not writing itself. My next project was ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET. I wrote that story with much pleasure and relief.

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