On writer’s Block
I’ve been posting some snippets from the Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing, written by Michelle Spring and me. It take a multi-faced approach to craft, since it not only comes from two very different points of view, but it also incorporates essays on technique and philosophy from some fabulous bestselling authors from Lee Child to Dana Stabenow. Take a look at the book, here.
Writer’s block can be your friend. Honestly. I find that when a first draft begins to bog down – when I discover that I have nothing to say and the ironing simply must be done and the closet cleared out, when scrubbing the oven with a toothbrush seems a more appealing task than continuing to eke out one … word … at … a … time … – it’s often because the story is developing some problem that I’m not seeing.