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Chapter Twenty-Six

Break the Blocks to Creative Flow

Techniques for Combating Writing Inertia

Jordan Rosenfeld

There is nothing as heady as the initial spark of an idea that flows into a rush of pure inspiration—it’s a feeling both holy and euphoric. Who wouldn’t be addicted to the thrill of writerly gush? But like all things, eventually that gush becomes a trickle and possibly even stops. If you’re like me, that happens about two-thirds of the way through a project. I make it over the great muddle of the middle and then find myself stranded on the path, wondering if I can go on.

And as exhilarating as inspired flow can be, its opposite, writer’s block, is incredibly demoralizing, even when it means different things to different people. Some ...

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