Craft Book Spotlight: On Being Stuck

This week's spotlight pick asks us to rethink our relationship with writer's block.

The cover of On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block by Laraine Herring shows a white lightbulb on a pastel blue background with a pen beneath.In On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block, Laraine Herring tackles any wordsmith’s nightmare: Writer’s block.

“If you are a writer, you know it can be a haunting terrifying force – a wolf at the door, a vast conspiracy, something that keeps you up at night, spinning your wheels, going nowhere. But what if we’ve been thinking about writer’s block all wrong? What if, by paying attention to its qualities and inquiring into its hidden gifts, we can release that power?” she asks.

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Herring, who has an MFA in creative writing and an MA in counseling psychology, walks writers through how to work with their creative blocks instead of fighting against them. Chapter titles include “Cultivate a Relationship With Your Writing,” “Understand the Type of Block You’re Working With,” “Learn to See the Gifts of Each Writing Session,” and “Make Friends with Stress.”

She also provides a range of exercises and prompts to get any scribe past even the broadest of blocks.

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