Goodreads asked Michael Gray:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Michael Gray I work on a spectrum of activities that roughly correspond to the first four steps in the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path: Vision, Intention, Speech, and Action. I have written a good hundred pages in my journel with ideas for a new novel (Vision) and reminding myself why this new book could be a worthwhile and needed reminder about the threats to the earth (intention). This is all speech in the sense of being a bridge between the impulse to write and the actual writing. It's only when I actually start writing a chapter from a character's perspective, that I enter the Action step. Having these four approaches available helps with writer's block, just as having four doors into a house gives you several ways to get in. And when I don't feel inspired to write (or write about) this new novel, I can read and research and still feel that I am moving along a path.

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