Rivka Galchen (The New Yorker, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch)
I find reading to be a remedy for: anxiety, rage, boredom, writer’s block, even allergies. I do best when I’m spending many more hours reading than writing. I sometimes think of writing as just a very intense form of reading, it’s just that you have to generate the words that you’re going to then read. I like to read at night in bed, until that magic moment when I’m deceiving myself into thinking my eyes are still open, that I’m still reading, but really I’m just dreaming that I’m reading. In that way, I think sleep is another good way through writer’s block. Especially little naps.
You never know what will come to you when reading other things. Yes, even things that have nothing to do with the work you’re meant to be doing. Staring at a blank page doesn’t work — so try staring at a page with some words on it instead!