Faulkner’s Remedy for Writer’s Block Was ‘Don Quixote’

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

I heard this at a seminar I attended recently, and thought to share.  William Faulkner, the American writer from Mississippi, who was also a Nobel laureate, struggled with writer’s block.

But that’s not the cool part.

He had two methods for overcoming the dreaded ‘condition’:

  1. Write anything: This worked sometimes
  2. Read Don Quixote*: This worked everytime

So, there you have it.  If you are suffering from writer’s block, use Faulkner’s method: Read Don Quixote.

You can start by downloading a free e-book copy on Project Gutenberg.  You’re welcome. 🙂

*The full title is “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” and it was written by Miguel de Cervantes (Saavedra)
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