Goodreads asked James Boyle:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

James Boyle Every writer at some point has to deal with writer’s block. It is so common that people with no experience at serious writing know what it is. It’s part of the deal. So no one should be surprised when it show’s up, laughing at you from the blank screen of your word processor.

Writer’s block is temporary inability (or difficulty) producing written work the author finds acceptable. Sometimes it means she will be unable to generate any decent ideas to work on; sometimes, he just can’t seem to create a decent sentence to save his life. Whatever the case, it does happen to every writer and it nearly always passes, kind of like a batting slump for a baseball player.

The secret is to relax, do what you always do, and trust that your talent and skill haven’t suddenly deserted you. It’s when the writer panics and begins to doubt herself that writer’s block becomes destructive. Just like the baseball player in a batting slump should not change his swing or give up his place in the lineup, the writer needs to stick with the fundamentals and the routines that have always been successful. It’s panicking and giving in to self-doubt that ruins the writer. It re-enforces and feeds the block.

Trust yourself. Trust your talent. Relax and sooner or later something will “click” and the words will flow again just as they always had before. You just need faith and patience.

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