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From the Front Lines: What do you do when you get writer’s block?

Getting back to basics.

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A few weeks ago, I got the news that a friend died in a bike accident. I was just coming off a meeting that had run over, had opened up my emails, and was checking them and my voicemails at the same time, and then my husband walked into my office and said, “S couldn’t find you, so she called the house line. B.W. died.”

I don’t know how to explain what happened next. I had just opened an email from an editor asking for some edits, and I chose to answer it. Friends, I do not have to tell you that this was probably the worst thing I could do. I think I was, as I told the editor later in a phone call, “trying to multi-task my way out of bad situation.”

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