Lamott has several ways to get past writer’s block, but the one recommended in this section is writing a letter to a friend, colleague, or family member. She finds that by explaining some aspect of the story to a trusted person, a writer is able to knock loose the flow of ideas and get writing again.
We believe that Flowers and Hayes’s essay is relevant to this section because by talking out your writer’s block (or writing it out) can be helpful in solving the problem you set for yourself to solve. When difficulty arises in creative nonfiction or fiction writing, a writer needs to reappraise the problem. Working through this struggle collaboratively (or pseudo-collaboratively) can be a useful tool in recognizing missing or confusing aspects of a story.