dyslexia, this is something of a modern myth; the idea that
one moment you're sitting there merrily thumping your keyboard
or happily scribbling away on a sheet of paper, and then—KAPOW!—some
mystical force explodes in your head and all that wonderful
prose grinds to a halt right in the middle of a sentence.
I've heard people describe it that way. It's
as if they were cruising down the fast lane of the literary
highway, minding their own business, and unexpectedly ran smack
into a fifty thousand word pile up.
Honestly, Officer, there was nowhere to swerve.
It all just ... just ... just happened around me ...
But usually, this fabled writers block creeps
up more stealthily over a period of weeks or months. The first
you know of it is when you're X thousand words into that great
British/American/Russian novel, chain smoking and knocking back
the bourbon/vodka and vaguely contemplating suicide or something,
and then you notice from the corner of your mind that the world
has slowed down. No, it's worse than that. It's barely moving
You check your watch to make sure and notice
that over the past two hours and twenty minutes you've written—what?—six
and a half words.
Remember to get milk, coffee and biscu-
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