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NaBlo Day 2: Blocked already

November 2, 2011

It’s only November 2nd, just the second day of NaBloPoMo, and already I feel the oppressive weight of blogger’s block pressing down on me. For those who don’t know, blogger’s block is the blogging equivalent of writer’s block and let me tell you firsthand, it’s bad. It’s heavy and oppressive and almost unendurable. I had difficulty sleeping last night, tossing and turning all night, until I finally got up at 2:00 a.m. and paced the living room floor just to try and work off the stress. I can barely keep my eyes open now. I have a headache, I’m feeling crushed and overwhelmed and the pain… oh my God, the pain is nearly excruciating. Piercing, burning, relentless pain.

Okay, it’s not really that bad, I’m exaggerating.

In an interview, Washington DC-based writer George Pelecanos said he didn’t believe in writer’s block, and while I’m not really in a position to agree or disagree, I do agree with him.  Said Pelecanos: “People who have other jobs report to work every day when they don’t feel like going. Get back to work.

I believe writer’s block is a made-up condition and little more than a handy excuse to allow a writer to be lazy without the guilt. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with someone being lazy, everyone needs some time now and again to be lazy, but I think it’s wrong to give it a special name and turn it into a ‘condition’. If a person wants to write, they’ll write. If a person doesn’t want to write, they won’t write. There’s no such thing as “can’t write”. A writer having a problem with a piece will take a break or work on something else. If they’re having problems thinking of something else to work on then they, if they really want to write, can write exotic grocery lists, or freewrite, or jot down rhyming couplets, or write about something totally inane and insignificant like Kim Kardashian.

What are your thoughts on writer’s block?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2011 8:13 am

    Michael, You can write a post about not knowing what to write in a post interestng…can’t wait until tommorow.


  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 7, 2011 9:15 am

    I found this post very interesting. I have occasion to write often- essays, research papers, blog posts…sometimes I find myself staring at that damn screen, just thinking, for hours on end. Once I get going it’s fine, but getting started can be hard. Can’t we agree that the staring at the screen is in fact working, as long as one is brainstorming? My blog:



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