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911 Writers Block

I just stumbled across this website, and I have to share. I can't decide if I love this because it's hilarious, or because of its actual potential power to help writer's block.

Have a little peek at 911 Writer's Block. It's a simple payphone style keypad. The friendly female voice that informs you when numbers are disconnected or when your fingers are too fat to dial (sorry, Simpsons geek) politely instructs you to choose a number based on your writing emergency. 1 = Setting, 2 = Characters, 3 = Dramatic Entrances, etc.

Each time you punch number, a new solution or prompt is generated. Examples? You bet:

Don't know how to kill a character? Dial 8...ah. Poor guy suffers deep vein thrombosis on a 22-hour flight to Mumbai.

Can't find the right bit of dialogue? Button 4 to the rescue..."He's been lying there for three days! How could you not notice?" (Ooh, that'll work well in my middle grade unicorn story.)

Shortage of verbs? Dial 6..."Squelch." (Huh, that'll work in the same unicorn scene. Weird.)

And of course, the age old problem of how to end your novel. Dial 9..."You stand outside the wig store, sadder but wiser."

So no more excuses! Use 911 and bust through that writer's block.
Michelle Schusterman

Michelle writes books for kids, screenplays for a tv/film production company, and music for anyone who'd buy a "groove matters" bumper sticker. She lives in New York City with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She is the author of middle grade series I Heart Band - 2014, and The Kat Sinclair Files - 2015 (both from Grosset).

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