The Best Cure for Writer's Block

This blog isn't about writer's block. It's about a dear friend of mine who passed away two days ago.

My friend only wanted to do one thing from the day he was born until the day he died. 

He wanted to write.  Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, newspaper articles, blogs, you name it, and he wrote it.  He wrote it at three a.m. and midnight and at breakfast, at a ball game, a writer's conference, in the stillness of quiet reflection, and in a room full of chatter. 

He loved stories more than life.

One time he and I were in a room of writers, and the discussion turned to writer's block. The first chance he had to jump in the conversation, my friend Caleb Pirtle added his two cents worth.

"Do you want to know the best cure for writer's block?" he asked.

We waited for him to finish.

"An empty refrigerator," he said. 

And he was right.  A writer is a person who writes when he's up, down, or sideways. When he feels good, or is as sick as a dog. When he has something to say, or doesn't know what he means sentence after sentence. 

And that's the way Caleb was until two days ago when he slipped away.



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