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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

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The terror of the blank page

Pensacola, FL - Petrie Mortimer has had writer's block for 15 years, and now he plans to write a book about his experiences as a blocked writer, called "Blocked: How to Break Free."

"It's going to sure-fire best-seller" he says, "once I get around to actually writing it."

Living with writer's block hasn't been easy for Mortimer, who used to write obituaries for the local newspaper. But after quitting that job, he's been unable to write anything.

"Something always gets in the way," he complained, "either I'm too tired, or there's a really good show on T.V. or I get on the computer... "

Mortimer has an extensive collection of "notes," small scraps of paper he's jotted ideas down on and kept, hoping they'll someday spark future creative projects.

In fact, there is an entire dresser drawer stuffed with ideas, for his latest book, "Blocked: How to Break Free."

"There's a lot a writer can do to get un-blocked" said Mortimer, "He can exercise to lift his spirits, or set aside time in his schedule to write."

I asked if applying any of these ideas to himself would help him write "Blocked: How to Break Free."

He sighed and said, "I just don't have that kind of energy."

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