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Mab Morris I have experienced something akin to the popular definition of Writer’s Block, and I have friends who suffer from it greatly. The thing is: I have so…moreI have experienced something akin to the popular definition of Writer’s Block, and I have friends who suffer from it greatly. The thing is: I have so many ideas, and so many books in my head that I call the similar experience a PAUSE.

Rosanne Bane’s _Around the Writer’s Block_, confirmed that writing isn’t always about sitting down with fingers to the keyboard or pen to page. (Check out her book for useful tools to motivate your writing, and get around blocks.) With the amount of research I do—a far more random process than true research—I had to accept that there were times of idea gathering. Those times I felt ready to write, but nothing worked, were not symptoms of, “My work sucks” syndrome, or even a block.

They were a pause. I needed one more element for better world building, or plotting, or characterization; or my attempts to hammer an idea into place needed to give way to better storytelling. When I let my ego step in, I’ve noticed, the storytelling gets stuck. (Ten novels deep—some good some wretched—I’ve had a lot of practice rounds to learn about my writing.)

Allowing myself to be at peace with the pauses render any writer’s block with less power. I’m not saying I’ll never experience it, but for now, quoting from Stephen Pressfield’s _The War of Art_, “Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes,’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’”

I have found that this to be true. During an enforced pause because of my day job, I did not have time to write. The next free writing time, I sat down, drinking my coffee preparing to work and, as if on cue, Ideas came.

Again: It’s not that I discount the devastating experience of blocks, but there are times what feels like a block might only a pause for your book to garner more power. Calling it a block, when it might not be, can enslave you into not moving forward. Calling those experiences a PAUSE give you greater control. Accept it, use it, but never use it as an excuse not to write—or then *you* are the Block.
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Mab Morris People often ask me, or my twin sister, “What’s it like to be a twin?” How does one answer that? What’s it like not to be a twin?

There are so many…more
People often ask me, or my twin sister, “What’s it like to be a twin?” How does one answer that? What’s it like not to be a twin?

There are so many good things, it’s hard to find what tops the list. I’ve just let one of my books out into the world. The joy of setting it free was huge, but I think the greater joy is less about me, than the book in the hands of a reader. If I’ve done my job, then the best thing might be that a reader will fall in love with the cultures and characters in the book. That they will love the book for its own sake.
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“Mab” seems like a funny name for a writer whose work is rather unpopulated by fairies. The name is a portmanteau of the writer’s first and maiden name. Having written her first book in high school, with rising hopes of being published, perhaps the Shakespearean queen rode in her hazelnut chariot to midwife those dreams—especially as Mab Morris didn’t stop with one book, but ended up writing te... Read more of this blog post »
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“There was no one to tell her what to do next.”
Mab Morris, Fate of the Red Queen

“The boundaries of her prior life were gone. Here now was an incredible vastness of jungle. She was alone among sounds that were alien.”
Mab Morris, Fate of the Red Queen

“Was any battle over if the memories writhed, alive and tangible, inside her? When and how could peace come? Revenge? Death? Or was there something else?”
Mab Morris, Fate of the Red Queen

“The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. Our practice is to make ourselves ready for the kingdom so that it can manifest in the here and the now. You don't need to die in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, you have to be truly alive in order to do so.”
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