On research April 24, 2015 Nicole Lee I also think if you’ve got writer’s block, you don’t have writer’s block. You have reporter’s block. You only are having trouble writing because you don’t actually yet know what you’re trying to say, and that usually means you don’t have enough information. That’s the signal to walk away from the keyboard, think about what it is that you don’t really know yet, and go do that reporting. Susan Orlean, on leadership in The Washington PostI think the same applies to writing fiction. The many tributaries than run beneath a single word.