Goodreads asked Pete Maguire:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Pete Maguire Writers block is a small guard who sits on the 'not writing' side of our creative bridge. The little fella is a genius, he knows us better than we know ourselves, he thinks faster and is always ready with a cutting answer when we bow our heads and ask 'why should I write?' He thinks we shouldn't write because the truth is, if we write, we kick this little fella off the bridge and he disappears way down into the darks of the unconscious. He is an egotic beast. Writing, in the purest form, is freedom from self, it is the humblest profession in the world when that sacred space is entered. I find it quite an enjoyable challenge to get past the little fella on the bridge, my technique - the senses. I sidle up, don't even look at him, I smell the air, touch my hand to my face, look far into the distance. Keep going until one of those secret deep inspirations pricks my interest, then I pile into it, let it embody my whole being, filling it to the brim until I am popped out. Ah ha! I am on the bridge and running and the little beast is screaming behind as he falls! 'See you later, mate.' Of course, when I get to the editing process, I sit with him for hours and we work over material like the greatest of friends : )

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