Goodreads asked Tessa Smith McGovern:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Tessa Smith McGovern I’ve been writing and publishing for twenty years and, until recently, had never experienced writer’s block until my Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I found I couldn’t write about anything but my Dad, and then, after a few months, I couldn’t even write about him, it hurt too much. I gave up my regular gig writing short stories for BCtheMagazine (NJ), which I’d been doing for 9 years. I just let the block be. I was busy running BookGirlTV, interviewing writers, so I was still around stories and writing, although I could feel a shrinking of my heart, which I put down to not writing. This summer (he died April 2, 2013, I started meeting with a friend and we’d give each other prompts to write to. Now I’m making myself write something short- less than a page usually – about once a week. It’s slow going, but it feels like some sort of emotional housekeeping, so that’s okay. Progress, not perfection, right?!

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