If You're Suffering From Writer's Block, Check Out These Drafts From Famous Authors
When in doubt, scrapbook.
Emily Dickinson wrote her poems on envelopes when she got tired of regular paper:
Walt Whitman edited a printed copy of "O Captain! My Captain!" for rhythm:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's manuscript of "The Adventures of Devil's Foot":
A chaotic page from Charles Dickens' notes for Curious Dance Round a Curious Tree:
Lord Alfred Tennyson jotted down a verse from "Enoch Arden" on a piece of scrap paper:
Charlotte Perks Gillman's edits of a typed poem, and an important note:
Henry David Thoreau corrected drafts in pencil:
Christina Georgina Rossetti crammed as many poems as she could onto one page:
A proof of Henry James A Light Man:
John Keats worked on a verse from "Isabella, or, The Pot of Basil" on this teeny tiny slip of paper — and he wasn't even done:
Joseph Conrad's confused preface to Victory (Because you have to let the people know what you mean!):
Oscar Wilde's attempts to parse his thoughts in his essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism":
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow scrapbooked the heck out of this manuscript:
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