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Writer’s Block

How to Unclog the Well

Kim Bullock

I’d rather clean a toilet with a toothbrush than watch a cursor blink; its timing precisely matches the rhythm of a beeping alarm clock. “Time to get up,” it says. “No more words for you. Do something productive like dishes or laundry.”

Search online for the term writer’s block, and you’ll see almost two million hits, many of them suggestions for how to outsmart a wayward muse. Don’t write at your desk. Make a game of word count goals. Disable the Internet. Use brain wave apps.

These methods, while variably effective, are like taking a long stroll around the base of a mountain rather than climbing it. Until you reach the top, you won’t know if you’re facing a single mountain or the Rockies.

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