Goodreads asked Pat Powers:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Pat Powers I write something else, if I can manage it, then come back to it. Often when I do I discover that there was some reason why I was blocked, generally that I had moved the story in the wrong direction. I'm working on a story, "Witless on Lothar," in which someone named Anne Coaltar is kidnaped by Lotharians (parody Goreans) and winds up being trained by Mistress Hilarity Clanton. Coaltar can't believe it's not a Democratic plot to discredit her. I got totally blocked on the story for over a year. I recently realized that I had strayed from my original light-hearted parody tone into something that was too hard-core. So I'm gonna back off on the heavy stuff and go with the political parody. I bet it works.

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