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'I go through phases of hating writing'

19 December 2022

‘The most important skill a writer can have is curiosity. I'm curious about a lot of things. It's always been a source of surprise to me that more people are not more curious about more things...

I don't think writer's block exists. I go through phases of hating writing. And I go through longer phases of feeling I've got nothing to say. But the idea of writer's block has never rung true for me. This idea that you're straining to get it out. I've thought, "Oh that's it, I'm finished," then something comes along that makes me interested in stuff again.'

Geoff Dyer, author of four novels and ten non-fiction titles, including The Last Days of Roger Federer, But Beautiful, See/Saw and White Sands in The Observer