Illustration for article titled What are your best tricks to get writing?

Staring at a blank page (or screen) can be an uncomfortable experience. Today we want to know what you do to get writing that works.


Jessica Grose over at The Paris Review has a piece up about what happened after Amtrak responded to a tweet of hers about the perks of writing on trains by offering her a test-run "writer's residence" — a train trip from New York to Chicago and back again, purely for the purpose of writing. "Train time is found time," she says. "My main job is to be transported; any reading or writing is extracurricular. The looming pressure of expectation dissolves."

So what do you do to get writing? Do you read other writers? Hop on trains or subways? Listen to music? Simply sit still until the writing starts? Tell us your best hacks now.


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