Ever sat down to write something and suddenly had absolutely no idea what to write? We’ve all been there, and sometimes even the greatest writers deal with the dreaded Writer’s Block.
Sit back as we go through some of the more extreme cases of brilliant writers falling victim to the dreaded block, and in some cases their curious solutions.
After the death of Robert Southey in 1843, he became poet laureate but he never wrote a single line of poetry in the seven years he held the post.
One of the great eccentrics of literature, whenever Chesterton became blocked he would get up from his desk, take his bow, and fire arrows from it through a window at a tree in his neighbour’s yard.
A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, Yeats went wordless during the 1890s after Gonne MacBride, the love of his life and muse, rejected his romantic overtures.
Greene had an unusual solution for writer’s block: he kept a dream diary.
“In periods when I can’t write,” he once noted, “I keep a notepad beside my bed. When I wake up in the night after having a dream, I note it down at once. I’ve discovered that dreams are like serials and the installments sometimes carry on for weeks and in the end form a whole.”
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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