September 08, 2006 Features & Images » Feature Story

Clearing the blockage 

Writers offer antidotes and anecdotes on overcoming the blank screen

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13. Lack of white bulls

14. Lack of big stones, windowless huts with icewater baths

15. Lack of work ethic

16. A desire to starve because Freud said so

Hmm. Well, I must say I sort of feel better for writing all that down, writer’s block or not. So I think I’ll work on Chapter Four.


…Steak. Sally bought steak for dinner. Steak, baked potatoes with normal sour cream, real bacon bits and no salad. Not one vegetable, apart from the potato. Beer. She bought a case of beer and set up dinner in front of the TV. There were no candles, no flowers. She was ready to go at half past six. Sally had bathed for an hour and put on her special crimson dress with the clandestine side-slit. Her hair was up and a few tendrils graced her freckled back.

At half past seven Steve arrived. He brought his briefcase home, along with his gym bag and six bottles of Kokanee, one already open. “Shit!” He stubbed his toe on the leg of the kitchen table and belched. He looked around and smiled to himself…


Nice. Well that worked. I’ll do the laundry later.


The Whistler Writers Festival takes place Sept. 14-17.

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