This guide to beating writer's block comes packaged in the shape of an actual block! With 672 pages and more than 200 photographs throughout. Next time you're stuck, just flip open The Writer's Block to any page to find an idea or exercise that will jump-start your imagination. Many of these assignments come straight from the creative writing classes of celebrated novelists like Ethan Canin, Richard Price, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut: Joyce Carol Oates explains how she uses running to destroy writer's block; Elmore Leonard describes how he often finds ideas just by reading the newspaper; E. Annie Proulx discusses finding inspiration at garage sales; Isabel Allende tells why she always begins a new novel on January 8th; John Irving explains why he prefers to write the last sentence first. Fresh, fun, and irreverent, The Writer's Block also features advice from contemporary editors and literary agents.