Writing tips by Colum McCann

I like reading writing advice and writing memoirs by other writers. It always gives me a view of their working life, of the way they see the world. It’s so interesting that they all actually say the same thing, just a little bit differently. Like what Colum McCann said in the Guardian Review on 13th of May 2017.

Don’t let the terror of the white page shrink-wrap your mind. The excuse that you have writer’s block is far too easy. You have to show up for work. You have to sit in the chair and fight the blankness. Don’t leave your desk. Don’t abandon the room. Don’t check the sports pages. Don’t open the mail. Don’t distract yourself in any way until you feel you have fought and tried.

You have to put in the time. If you are not there, the words will not appear. Simple as that.

A writer is not someone who thinks obsessively about writing, or talks about it, or plans it, or dissects it, or even reveres it: a writer is the one who puts his arse in the chair when the last thing he wants to do is have his arse in the chair.

Just keep your arse in the chair. Arse in the chair. Arse in the chair.

Stare the blank page down.


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