John le Carré on Writer’s Block

What writer has not struggled with occasional writer’s block? In a recent interview, David Cornwell (better known as best-selling author John le Carré) offered his advice about dealing with writer’s block:

Lastly, Kroft asked Cornwell if he ever gets writer’s block. Yes, Cornwell admits, he does. But to him, writing is like exercise: Do it every day even when you don’t want to.

“I absolutely will not say I can’t write today, therefore I’m not writing,” he tells Kroft. “I go to my desk. And quite often, if you really press yourself, you get decent stuff out of yourself at the end of it.”


Rules of writing from an international best seller. (2017, September 17). CBS News. Retrieved from

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