Frank Deford on How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Frank Deford did a good Q and A in 2012 with John Meroney for the Atlantic. Here’s his advice on dealing with writer’s block—he’s talking about Mark Kram, whose story about the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight Deford called “the finest piece of sportswriting ever to appear in Sports Illustrated”:

“…he couldn’t be happy. He worked himself to death, and at a certain point, he started fighting writing—it became his enemy. Once that happened, it was all over. I used to give him advice. I’d say, ‘You know, Mark, you’re like one of those pitchers who can throw a hundred miles an hour, but you have to aim every pitch. Don’t always aim. Sometimes just throw the sonuvabitch.’”

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