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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 20FIGHT THE FUNNEL EFFECT

“There are too many ideas and things and people. Too many directions to go. I was starting to believe the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size.”

—CHARLIE KAUFMAN

On the other end of writer’s block, which is often caused by a feeling of lack or emptiness, is something I call the “funnel effect.” This occurs when too many ideas are trying to force their way down the chute of your mind, leading to overwhelm—and then, sometimes, to paralysis. How do you choose between the novel that is begging you to write it, the nonfiction book you think might make a mint, and the short stories you can submit for publication more quickly?

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