If anyone knows how to stop the block, it's local author Kathie Giorgio.

Let’s face it, writing – whether you’re working on a novel, memoir or holiday letter – can be tough. And battling writer’s block can make it even tougher. So we reached out to local author Kathie Giorgio for some advice on how to overcome the horror of a blank page.


WRITE ANYTHING.

Even if it is the most ludicrous, ridiculous sentence you’ve ever written.


THEN FOLLOW IT.

No matter how terrible it seems, follow it anyway. Until you’ve written at least five pages, don’t give up. If you haven’t caught fire by page 6, set it aside. Don’t delete it. It might work later.[/four_fifth_last]


TRY A DIFFERENT VENUE AND SETTING.

Go to a coffee shop. Write in longhand. Use a sketchpad and draw little illustrations to go with the story.


IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PROJECT, GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING.

Don’t rewrite, but go back to page 1 and read it all the way through. Often, the excitement you felt at the idea’s onset will return.


GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK.

Believe it or not, creatives feel burnout, too. Close your laptop and take a nap, or take a walk, or sit in your favorite chair and read a book. Let your brain cool. Maybe even for a couple of days. Whatever makes you write will come back, I promise.


Giorgio’s fifth novel, If You Tame Me, came out in September. You can pick up a copy at Woodland Pattern Book Center.


“How To Beat Writer’s Block” appears in the November 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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