Betty White on Writer’s Block

By Jason Boog Comment

How does television star Betty White avoid writer’s block? The same way as her old friend John Steinbeck.

We obtained a copy of her new book, If You Ask Me (set for a May 3 release)–and it has a whole chapter dedicated to “Writer’s Block.” White has already written a few books over her career, including The Leading Lady: Dinah’s Story and Here We Go Again: My Life In Television.

Here’s an excerpt from the upcoming book:  “John Steinbeck, who was Allen [Ludden]’s and my good friend, did his writing standing up at a drafting table–in long-hand, his white bull terrier, Angel, lying across his feet. People always seem amazed that I write in long-hand. Well, if it’s good enough for Steinbeck, it’s good enough for me! I really can’t communicate to a machine–the thoughts want to go from my brain down my arm to my hand to the page.”