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Writers Have to Write


"Buster did not want to talk about writing. It had been years since his last novel had been published, a spectacular failure at that. His literary career was encased in ice, held in suspended animation, lost to future generations. His writing had become, like a stash of rare and troubling pornography, something that must be kept hidden, an obsession that other people would be mystified to discover."

--fromThe Family Fangby Kevin Wilson

Writers on Writing

To my writing friends, a quote on writer's block:

What are you afraid of? Why are you not writing?

"There might be a fewirrationalfears kicking around that keep you from writing. Your spouse will detest your story so much that he or she will divorce you. Your agent, now realizing you are the world’s worst hack, will have no choice but to take out a front page ad inVarietywarning everyone in the industry to avoid you. Financial ruin will follow. You will lose your house. You will live on the streets eating garbage to survive.

Box Number Two

I've got a new story rattling around in my head. It's not the story I'm supposed to be writing. I'd planned to write a sequel to myDouble Cross. I've got a complete synopsis and 75 pages.
 
And I really, really, want to write something else.
 
I've got an idea for a western, a historical comedy, that I brainstormed with a friend. She urged me to write it. But I already write in so many genres, I argued, that it doesn't make sense to open ANOTHER can of worms.
 
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