MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Monday, March 23, 2009

Guest Post: MORE ON WRITER’S BLOCK: WRITING HASTILY PAYS OFF IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO WRITE BEFORE YOU START

The following article in The Spectator [sent along by AEI client David Angsten] may confuse those who are committed, as I always recommend, to discipline in writing and to the long haul. But remember what William Saroyan responded when he was asked if it was true that he wrote The Human Comedy “in three days above a drugstore”:

“I typed it out in three days,” he said. “It took me my whole life to write it.”

Writer’s block goes away forever if you follow the simple rule: Never sit down to write until you know what you’re going to write when you sit down.

It’s worth waiting for the inspiration and the vision. When you allow it to crystallize in your mind, writing it down becomes “automatic writing.”

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