How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 19


Everyone conquers The Block in their own way, and it’s so helpful to hear how others fight the battle. Here is a paradoxical suggestion from the wonderfully talented picture book author Deborah Underwood: the less you try, the more the ideas come.

Deborah says,
“QUIET TIME: Make a cup of tea or coffee. Find a comfy chair, or sprawl on your bed. Set a timer. For the next 20 minutes, it is your job to do nothing other than sit and stare out the window. But keep a pen and notepad nearby, because for me this not-trying often brings a flood of ideas.”

Deborah’s own productive quiet times produced THE QUIET BOOK (of course!) A BALLOON FOR ISABEL, and–THE LOUD BOOK.

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