Goodreads asked Barbara Mahany:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Barbara Mahany i practice the art of sitting down in the chair, scanning my imagination, and seeing what moment, what thought, carries some "electrical charge," and that's how i detect a moment worth diving into. but i might just as certainly simply live my life, and when some particular notion stirs me deeply, i know it's a moment that begs for exploring. since i was a journalist for such a long time, many of my writing is "on assignment," and that means i've done hours or days or weeks of reporting, and reading, and when i sit down to write i begin a methodical process of first combing through my notes, connecting dots, making outlines, then and only then do i begin to write. i'm blessed with not many moments of writer's block, and i mostly plow through the wall knowing there will come light on the other side.....

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