Goodreads asked Judith Janeway:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Judith Janeway Depends on how you define “block.” Writing is like an addictive drug in neural pathway terms because writing releases endorphins. And you know how that goes. Give brain some feeling good; brain want more. And each time writing releases endorphins the neural pathway becomes more fixed. That’s how I became a writing junkie. On my most frustrating, teeth-grinding, I just tore up five pages I wrote yesterday days, writing makes me feel good. So I always want to write. Always. But sometimes in the midst of writing I can get stuck. (Is that what you mean by writer’s block? Stuck?) Like I just finished a chapter. What comes next? Dunno. Look at your outline. It’s not there. Or, I know what comes next but don’t know where to begin. Is she already in the room staring at her husband’s eviscerated corpse? Or is she still outside rehearsing how she’ll tell her husband she wants a divorce? Or…? On these occasions I take a walk. I love walking. No wonder. Walking, it turns out, produces endorphins! And, researchers say, endorphins enhance creativity. Ah, the vicious cycle of addiction. Gotta love it.

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