Kristine Ashton Gunnell
Writer's block is a tough one, and there's always something else to do when the blank page is staring back at you. I usually work at home, so doing the laundry or cleaning something is often a temptation (well, maybe not cleaning the bathroom!). When I get writer's block, I change my work environment so I can start fresh. I get easily distracted in a coffee shop, but a library works well. Anywhere where it's quiet and other people are working. (My favorite spot is the Huntington Library in San Marino). Then I just write about something that I find interesting at the moment, even if it seems irrelevant or tangential to my argument at the time. I'm a historian, so there's no need to write my chapters in any given order. It's not like I'm a mystery writer developing a plot line. So I write what I want to write and worry about cleaning it up later. It usually works.