Tell Me A Tale in 120 Words: The Cure For Writers’ Block

I’m late to the party again, but this month’s TMAT120 prompt from the lovely and talented Joelle at Two On A Rant is, “Tell me about your cure for writers’ block.” To review, the challenge is to respond in 120 words, which I, in my rule-bound way, have taken to mean 120 words exactly, no more, no less.

Being intimately familiar with writers’ block, how could I refuse this gauntlet, once thrown my way? So while it’s still July, I offer my response (which Word Press counts as precisely 120 words, and if you count differently, please don’t tell me; I have enough problems with numbers as it is):


Simple Cure for Writers Block

  • If you think you have writers’ block, you are correct.
  • If you think writers’ block does not exist, you are also correct.
  • Writers’ block is a fiction.
  • You write fiction.
  • Ergo, at some point, you will experience writers’ block.
  • It could look like this:
  • Or perhaps this:

  • Or something like this:

  • Your block is unique to you, but all blocks are cured with four ingredients:
    1. A chair.
    2. Time
    3. Something to write with.
    4. Your butt.
  • Apply (4) to (1) and combine with (3).
  • Add (2).
  • Add more (2) as required.
  • Repeat.
  • Repeat.
  • Repeat.
  • Continue until block is cleared and words flow again.
  • Maintain daily application to prevent return of condition.
  • I said it was simple. I didn’t say it was easy.


    • Ah, yes, a classic symptom. I have toast or chocolate emergencies when I’m writing.

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