Goodreads asked Bryan Cassiday:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Bryan Cassiday The hardest part of writing is getting started. Once I've gotten something down on the computer, and I've got at least two pages out, I can usually pursue the project to completion. The work takes on a momentum of its own as I get the ball rolling. But getting the ball rolling in the first place is the tough part. Coming up with an idea for a work can be maddening, but you can't let it seize you up. Let it flow . . . even if at first it seems like a crappy idea, just write something. Maybe it'll turn out well. There are no guarantees that you're going to create a great story. But if you don't let it flow, you have nothing. So what if I write a piece of crap? I can always throw it out. Not everything can be a gold nugget. It helps to be relaxed when you're writing, so that extraneous interruptions and disruptive emotions don't hamper your creativity. Such interruptions and emotions can exert a chokehold on creativity. I have a name for this relaxation. I call it balancing, or centering, myself. I like to take long walks to relax myself and get me in shape for the marathon of writing. Writing is hard, time-consuming work, but don't make it too hard on yourself or you will stopper your creativity. Once you get started writing, it goes easy. At this point, you are like a well-honed athlete doing his thing. And then it all falls into place.

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