How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 67


One of the best antidotes to the solitary, sometimes lonely existence of the writer is contact with other writers. Often this isn’t easy, as writers are probably introverts who love their solitude and are immersed in their work. Distractions often stop the flow. However, I believe it’s important to connect with others for stimulation and inspiration, and to discover, once again, that they are experiencing the same frustrations you are.

So I advocate JOINING: and by this I mean the old-fashioned physical connection of a real writing group, informal or professional organization–NOT online. My lifeline is my beloved Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (see the link on my Home page). Other genres have their own professional organizations. Critique groups are important for the connection, as much as for the advice.

Connection with like-minded people is a good way to tackle writer’s block, often a condition of loneliness, depression and ruminations.

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