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Goodreads asked Patrick Brown:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Patrick Brown To deal with writer's block, I try to analyze what's going on with me or inside my head. I may be on a deadline or I may have a number of distracting tasks to complete before I feel that I have the time to sit down and get to the actual writing. I feel that writing "morning pages" as described in Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" clears out a lot of what might block me. I also feel that a notebook with comments and possible ideas can be a great resource. For instance, I was watching a television show recently, and I learned a strange fact about cremation. Cremation is not one of my usual subjects, but I learned that cremation for obese people must be done at lower temperatures to prevent a possible grease fire in a crematorium. The thought was partly morbid, but partly amusing when I thought of a possible newspaper headline: Funeral Home Obliterated by Grease Fire. I chuckled and wrote this fact in my notebook. I may never use it, but when I get blocked, this tidbit may serve as a writing exercise to get me started. Once I'm up and running, this little writing exercise may jumpstart my next big idea.

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