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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Writing Quote: Writer's Block

Writer's block usually manifests out of anxiety. This is simple to say, but when you're a writer, anxiety is a way of life. [Really?] So don't be hard on yourself. There are just too many variables that are out of your control, and it's normal for you to be anxious. The key is not to let it overwhelm you. According to the Mayo Clinic, general anxiety disorder symptoms can include restlessness, being keyed up or on edge, difficulty in concentrating, fatigue, irritability, impatience, being easily distracted, muscle tension, trouble falling or staying asleep, and excessive sweating. [Good heavens, if being a writer causes you these kinds of problems, stop being a writer. It's not worth it. A writer with writer's block is, by definition, not a writer.]

N. M Kelby, The Constant Art of Being a Writer, 2009

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