"David Foster Wallace said somewhere that writer’s block is always a case of the writer holding artificially high standards for herself. Because, when you think of it, nobody gets Typer’s Block. The block starts when you start judging what is ABOUT TO COME OUT and you go: Oh, no you don’t. That = block. So I think one good antidote is just to type a bunch of shit, basically, knowing that you can (and must) go back through and edit all of that, and find some gold in it - even if it’s just a phrase…"

George Saunders on writers block and his writing process

Questions? → Ask George Saunders

George Saunders is one of the nation’s best-known writers. His new collection is “Tenth of December,” 10 stories of biting social satire and deeply felt takes on contemporary American life. He’s the author of six previous books, received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006 and teaches creative writing at Syracuse University. Watch Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Saunders above.

On Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET, Saunders will join us for a live chat. Do you have questions for the acclaimed storyteller? Leave them in the comments section or tweet them to @NewsHour using #SaundersChat. Tune into the chat at 12 p.m. —>  

"It softens the boundaries between people."
Author George Saunders spoke with Jeffrey Brown about the importance of the short story and his new book, “Tenth of December”. Stay tuned for the full interview later this week.

"It softens the boundaries between people."

Author George Saunders spoke with Jeffrey Brown about the importance of the short story and his new book, “Tenth of December”. Stay tuned for the full interview later this week.