Beating writer’s block with a little help from Mozart

Wolfie didn’t plop himself down at the keyboard without first rolling ideas around in his noodle, and neither should you. Cogitate and percolate, so you won’t have to hyperventilate.

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Got writer’s block? Be like Mozart.

That is, Mozart as depicted in the film “Amadeus.”

In that movie, adapted from Peter Shaffer’s stage play, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is asked about a composition.

“I’ve finished it.”

“Well, where is it?”

“Here—in my noodle.”

The composing has all been done, in his head. The rest (committing it to paper) is, he says, “just scribbling.”

The takeaway is to start writing before you start writing.

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