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Margaret Overton There are different kinds of writer's block. And they require different approaches. When I'm not inspired to write, I try to read good books by new…moreThere are different kinds of writer's block. And they require different approaches. When I'm not inspired to write, I try to read good books by new authors. I go to movies. I look at art. I make notes and give myself room to just absorb information and the work by others.

When I have a writing problem to solve, I try to take my mind off the problem by chopping vegetables or ironing. I actively change the subject.

I think that the type of writer's block that is most damaging is the kind that undermines my confidence, the kind that makes me think I'll never write anything worthwhile again. And that's the kind that causes me to give myself permission to write very bad first drafts...The thing I always remember is that there will always be more words. Sometimes it's good to lose a draft and be forced to rewrite the whole thing. That way you know that nothing is too precious. (less)
Margaret Overton The best thing about being a writer is that you get to be sneaky and have opinions and tell stories and have a sense of humor or be deadly serious and…moreThe best thing about being a writer is that you get to be sneaky and have opinions and tell stories and have a sense of humor or be deadly serious and you don't have to leave the house or change out of your pajamas if you don't want to! (less)
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“Everything can change in a heartbeat; it can slip away in an instant. Everything you trust, and treasure, whatever brings you comfort, comes at a terrible cost. Health is temporary; money disappears. Safety is nothing big an illusion. 

So when the moment comes, and everything you depend upon changes, or perhaps someone you love disappears, or no longer loves you, must disaster follow? Or will you-somehow-adapt?”
Margaret Overton

“What's the truth? The truth is what happened to you and him or her, over the years, and what didn't happen. The truth is what you said and didn't say, how much you tried, how you changed, and whether you were lucky. I believe in luck. I think luck plays a huge part in success. Or failure. In the end, who cares about the truth? You still end up divorced. Finally, the biggest asshole wins. Sort of. At least the biggest asshole takes home the must stuff. If you consider this winning then have at it. You're an asshole.”
Margaret Overton, Good in a Crisis: A Memoir of Divorce, Dating, and Other Near-Death Experiences




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