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Snow Patrol’s Lightbody reveals writer’s block

And tells you how to beat it.

For a time, it looked like we might never have another Snow Patrol album, and what a terrible shame that would have been for music. Ahem. Why? Well, singer Gary Lightbody had writer’s block, and in a chat with the Beeb explained how much it affected hum:

“You've done the thing that you do every day of your life for 16 years and suddenly it's removed from you… I just couldn't write a single word. I was terrified. I couldn't pick up my laptop, my notepad, or anything, for fear that I was going to sit there and stagnate. I was actually catatonic for most of it." Indeed: "Oh God, I never want to go through that again.”

But he did get through, and his experience has given him some advice for writers: “Avoiding writing is the worst possible thing to do – but that's what I was doing. I was too frightened to even pick a pen up. So writers write: Even though it sounds so prosaic, it's absolutely true. You do it until it works, and that's what I did.”

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