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John McPhee's cure for writer's block

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In the April issue of The New Yorker, John McPhee offered this advice to a young friend who complained of writer's block. I love it and think we could all take a lesson or two from it:

"Dear Joel: You are writing, say, about a grizzly bear. No words are forthcoming. For six, seven, 10 hours no words have been forthcoming. You are blocked, frustrated, in despair. You are nowhere, and that's where you've been getting. What do you do?

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