What do you guys think?

25 Jan

“I’ve spoken to John Darnielle about [writer’s block], and he immediately told me one day that writer’s block is a bourgeois luxury. That, for example, there are no miner blocks; there’s no steelworker blocks; there’s no 7-11 clerk blocks. And that I should just stop whining and get to work.”
-John K. Samson
http://anosedax.tumblr.com/post/74540100196/ive-spoken-to-john-darnielle-about-writers

Writer’s block is real and can be crippling,  but is that because we allow it to be such? Can a writer really power through having no ideas? Probably yes.

Thoughts?

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4 Responses to “What do you guys think?”

  1. geni643 January 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Anyone can have a block, including writers. It’s real but I think it can be overcome. The path to creativity can be affected by stress or busy schedules and trying to multi-task doesn’t allow you to focus. If one clears the mind and just starts writing, what starts as a trickle can become a flood. The “block” is an imaginary wall to the writer’s mind. We freak out when we don’t immediately have an idea or get stuck on where to take the plot of the story. If we obsess about it, i.e., “I’ve got nothing…I’m stuck…I just can’t come up with any good ideas” we fuel the block.
    Using the free writing technique can be very helpful…Just write what comes to mind, don’t worry about punctuation or grammar. Don’t worry if it isn’t the direction you thought your story or character was going towards. You may find that a whole new story develops and it’s even better than the original.

    • marsicowritesite January 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      I totally agree! Giving in to the block is like saying if there isn’t instant gratification then there’s no purpose in writing at all! Free writing really does help. Thanks for getting in on the conversation!

  2. apocalypticwriterskye January 27, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I believe every story is a regurgitation of another story; whether it is something that happened to us personally, a rewrite of a story that’s already been told, or simply a new take on an existing theme. A true writer should be able to see the recurrence of theme and apply the “rules” of writing to each of their stories so that even a plot that they don’t care about is writable. Though, it is easier to write about a topic/theme/setting/character you care about.

    That being said, I constantly have writer’s block. =)

    • marsicowritesite January 27, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      So it seems like you agree that it’s a luxury one allows themselves to have since anyone could just unfeelingly write by the rules.

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