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Good advice from Da Vinci

Cure for writer’s block

(or business person’s block, or salesman’s block, or artist’s block…)

“The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.”

— Leonardo Da Vinci, Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, scientist and writer, 1452-1519 

When writer’s block hits (or any creative block to your productivity), do what Leonardo did – take a break. 

It sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes working less actually helps you accomplish more. 

When Da Vinci was painting The Last Supper, he would spend some days working from dawn to dusk.  Then, without warning, he’d take a break for a day or two.  The duke who commissioned him was not amused, but Da Vinci convinced him that he often did his best work after a well-needed respite. 

Most of us can’t afford to take off for a couple days, but give yourself a short recess now and then. 

Go for a walk around the block, lay in the hammock out back and daydream, or read your favorite fishing magazine or romance novel for half an hour.  You might just find yourself coming back to your writing with fresh ideas.

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