Goodreads asked Mary Mackey:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Mary Mackey As a university professor who teaches creative writing, I've counseled a lot of students about how to deal with writer's block. This is such a common question, that I've posted detailed answers to it on my website at The short answer is that you need to forget the outside word: forget about that critic who sits on your shoulder and tell him to take a hike; forget about whether what you are writing will be published or not published; forget about what members of your family or people you care about will think when they read what you've written; even forget about grammar, spelling, and making sense. Just write. Write fast, write without thinking too much. Once you have something down on paper, you can always revise it. There's nothing that can't be fixed. For a longer, more detailed discussion the secrets for dealing with writer's block plus additional tips, please see:

The First Secret To Overcoming Writer's Block

The Second Secret To Overcoming Writer's Block

The Third Secret To Overcoming Writer's Block

You are warmly invited to ask questions on my website about specific posts or to offer comments. I'm always happy to share my knowledge with other writers.

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