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Vanessa Baden Kelly explains developing characters as a writer and an actress

You’ve been a screenwriter and now you have a nonfiction book coming out. How do you deal with writer’s block when you feel as if you’ve hit a wall?

Writing just has to become a discipline for you. It had to become a discipline for me, and that’s the simple truth. Some of the new essays I’ve written for my book were really easy to write, but they were painful. I wrote essays last summer after the George Floyd protest[s], and they just poured out because I was angry. And I thought that was fitting because I wanted the reader to see what it was like to see Black anger in response to what was happening. Others were much more difficult to write, and I ultimately just had to get up on a Saturday morning and just do it.

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