The Curse of Writer’s Block.

Writer’s block can be a terrible thing. Thankfully it’s not something that I am suffering from these days. These days, I’m pleased to report, ideas come flowing through my mind like water from the tap. Admittedly some of my ideas, just like water from the tap, can be lukewarm and insipid – but at least they’re flowing.

This morning after my early morning coffee….(so it could be, or probably is, supercharged by caffeine)…my mind was brimming with ideas for blog posts and other articles. And I jotted down fifteen ideas straight off. BUT it wasn’t always that easy and even the greatest writers have at times suffered from the dreaded writer’s block. Here are a few quotes about that awful affliction.

“writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all”
Charles Bukowski

“One writer I know tells me that he sits down every morning and says to himself nicely, ‘It’s not like you don’t have a choice, because you do– you can either type or kill yourself.”
Anne Lamott

“You could see writer’s block as mental constipation but I like to think of it as cultural anaemia.”
Stewart Stafford

“The wonderful thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting.
The terrifying thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting.” ― J.K. Rowling

“Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.” — Norman Mailer

And believe me, if anyone knows about the Ego it’s Mailer. I have never read any writer who’s ego is bigger or more perfect (at least in his own mind) than Mailer.

And finally…..

“When I got Writer’s Block, I masturbated.”
Takako Shimura

Well….I guess if it worked for her….who am I to judge. If you’ve already tried massaging your mind to stimulate it…. Before I get myself in any deeper (Oh Dear…) I think that I should probably finish right there….make it the climax of my blog post (pun intended).

6 thoughts on “The Curse of Writer’s Block.

    1. I’m reading a book of essays by Mailer called “Mind of an Outlaw” – it’s really good, but in the essays Mailer is forever reminding his readership about how lucky they are to be reading what he has written. What an EGO this guy had.

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      1. As one example Liz…From his essay On Lies, Power and Obscenity he says of the readers of his column in the Village Voice – “If you are not in a mood to think, or if you have no interest in thinking, then let us ignore each other until the next column….please have the courtesy to concentrate. The art of careful writing is beginning to disappear before the mental impotence of such lazy audiences as the present one.”

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      2. Well, if I were a reader of his column, there would be an obscene gesture with Norm’s name on it–and that would be the last time I wasted my money on the Village Voice. The unbridled arrogance!!

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