This sunset was captured at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur. You may notice a layer, a vertical wall betwen the sun itself and the top of the Pacific Ocean. That is the evening fog rolling in, visible from north to south, separating sky and water.

Every long writing project has one: The wall. Research paper, novel, non fiction book, even a massive web site rewrite. They all have that moment when I want to run away. Believe me when I say this, the writing wall is worse than your average writer’s block. It’s a malaise.