Writer’s Block

“I am literally at a loss for words,” Jon said to his editor over the phone. “This stuff usually comes naturally for me, but I can’t seem to focus.”

“It’s probably just a phase you’ve going through,” Jeremy said, trying to reassure Jon. “Maybe you need a break for a few days in order to, you know, clear your head.”

“A break?” Jon said. “I’ve committed to having this manuscript done by the end of the year. I can’t just pack up and go.”

“Listen, Jon,” Jeremy said, “I’ve worked with a number of writers who hit a wall at this point in the writing process, and I can assure you that even a short break is just what the doctor ordered. And I know the perfect spot. It’s my rustic cabin near Yosemite. If you hit the road now, you can be there in two hours. I was just there last weekend and there’s plenty of beer and food in the fridge, and coffee in the pantry.”

“I don’t know,” Jon said.

“Dammit, Jon,” Jeremy said. “Just go for a few days and clear your head. As your editor, I promise, it will do you a world of good. When you come back your muse will be with you again.”

Jon sighed. “Fine, text me the directions to the place.”


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (loss), Word of the Day Challenge (naturally), The Daily Spur (focus), Your Daily Word Prompt (phase), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (spot), and My Vivid Blog (road).

15 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. annieasksyou November 28, 2021 / 5:32 pm

    I had many editors in my preretirement years—talented, horrific, and in between. But no editor ever offered me a rustic cabin—or anything else. Nice piece of fiction, Fandango.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam November 29, 2021 / 1:30 am

    Sounds like his editor is a wise man 😁

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