on Facing the Blank Page
“Some people suffer from writer’s block, for me, it is a problem I haven’t solved yet”
The award-winning American writer here shares his advice on how to go about when you are stuck in front of a blank page. Read more …
Colson Whitehead who is a widely celebrated novelist knows how to proceed when he can’t move on writing:
“I might not know how a character walks or talks but I keep going on other parts of the book and figure out later, a week or two weeks or three months later. I always know that if I start a book and get stuck, I need to do something else for a while”.
Colson Whitehead also shares his advice to young writers:
“Read the books you have an affinity for to find out what kind of writer you want to be and then write to find out what kind of writer you actually are.”
Colson Whitehead (b. 1969) is an award-winning American novelist. He is the author of several novels, including his debut ‘The Intuitionist’ (1999) and ‘The Underground Railroad’ (2016), for which he won the prestigious 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 2019 came ‘The Nickel Boys’ and ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 2021. He has also written the non-fiction book ‘The Colossus of New York’ (2003). Whitehead is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). He lives and works in New York City.
Colson Whitehead was interviewed by Tonny Vorm in August 2017 in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
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