Tuesday, June 30, 2009

'Writer's Block'

Michael Ruhlman on writer's block:

When I put up a recent tweet saying writer's block was nothing more than an attempt to justify your own laziness (and not recognizing this was simply lying to yourself), I got a number of angry RT's calling me (at best) smug. To those whom I angered I would say, that's a common response when someone takes away a crutch.

If there is a problem with Twitter though, it’s an inability to express nuance (for most of us, anyway, who don’t have the poet’s genius for condensation).

But here I can say, re: writer’s block: This I Believe:

The phrase writer’s block is an excuse that should be used only by the weak and delusional (or as lighthearted slang for “It’s cocktail time somewhere!”). If you must put a tag on your inability to produce, be my guest. We all know what it means.
(I've actually always refused to use that term, not that my production is much the better for it.)

1 comment:

wsr1 said...

I think I have reader's block these days (except when it comes to your blog, of course, which I drop everything for). In this no-attention-span time, I find this new acronym useful: TLDR (Too Long, Didn't Read).