On a Kind of Writer’s Block, On Not Writing, On Refusing to Write, On Freedom
“In the fall of 2003, I was pretty sure my career was over. My third novel had just come out. And I was certain that my publisher had, more or less, fired me. They had a first-look option on my next novel, but it was clear that they would pass and this first-look was a formality.
“My instinct was to sit on my hands and refuse to write. It was a gut instinct, really. I couldn’t argue with it rationally.”
One doesn’t need a lucrative writing career to be in this position. Most writers have problems with publishers sooner or later and just decide to shut down the process at its starting point. Many writers will be able to empathize with Julianna Baggott’s (“Pure,” “The Madam”) feelings in this post.