A Creative Solution to Writer's Block from Novelist Augusten Burroughs

Memoirist and Author
Over a year ago

Writing is a "corrosive acid," says memoirist and novelist Augusten Burroughs, but in the best possible way. Blockages can be dissolved by writing — subconscious creative blockages — which puts our creative endeavors and the persistent menace of writer's block into a new context.

The worst possible solution to writer's block is to put your writing aside until the block "passes." Blockages occur for a reason, says Burroughs, and that reason isn't likely to go away if you just sit on your hands.

By actually writing about your writer's block, you'll uncover the real reasons you're unable to write. In Burroughs's case, he had predetermined what he wanted to write about, and ignored what was bubbling up inside him — he put his publisher's interests ahead of his own interests as a writer. In hindsight, it was a mistake, but one he uncovered by writing about his writer's block.

Burroughs's latest is Lust Wonder: A Memoir.