Private: Second in a series

John Warner continues his writing advice on McSweeney’s with “Breaking Through Writer’s Block“:

Scenario 1: Can’t Get Out of the Starting Gate

Symptoms of the Block: You know that you have the next Great American Novel burbling inside of you, one so brilliant that it would make Philip Roth trade his pen for a box of fingerpaints, but you just can’t seem to get anything on the page.

Likely Cause of the Block: You are lazy.

Throughout your life, have your parents, teachers, bosses, or significant others called you a shiftless good-for-nothing who will never amount to anything? Was your last shower more than three days ago? Do you earn less than $20,000 a year? If so, you’re most likely lazy….