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Charles Bukowski said . . .

November 4, 2022

Charles Bukowski said that, “Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

I am experiencing a creative slowdown. While that wouldn’t, for a couple of reasons, normally bug me, it’s happened during NaBloPoMo and just days after I said I was going to try and blog every day for a month. Failure isn’t so

In no particular order, I blame it on Friday, the weather, the need to grocery shop, and stress.

For what it’s worth, I had this same problem in 2011. I got around it then and maybe will again. Back then I quoted George Pelecanos who didn’t believe in writer’s block and who said, “People who have other jobs report to work every day when they don’t feel like going. Get back to work.

Personally, I’ve come to not believe in writer’s block because there’s always something to write about. If it’s not part of your work in progress, or not a response to a prompt, or your journal entry, there’s always something there. Even if it’s just a grocery list and recipes for the week. I think it’s just an easy excuse to not write but that’s me. And I’m not saying that’s bad, not wanting to write for however long. It just is what it is.

For what it’s worth, Charles Bukowski is well worth taking the time to read. And so is George Pelecanos.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2022 1:32 pm

    I recently got a copy of Bukowski’s poems. He is not for the prim and proper, and must appeal mainly to people with a lot of rough edges

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    • January 13, 2023 4:23 pm

      The rough edges are more interesting to some people. I don’t want to read about the pretty basket of flowers on the dining room table. I want to read about the sure bet #10 horse in race 4 at Hollywood Park and the whore who cheers it on as it finishes dead last.

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  2. November 4, 2022 1:40 pm

    George Pelecanos mentions Elmore Leonard as a prime influence. I like Leonard’s books, but I like Steve Martini even better. I first picked up his book because I read his name quickly (too quickly) as Steve Martin and thought it’d be a good book. Well, it wasn’t Steve Martin (slow down reading, girl!) but it was a really good book, and I have since read a lot more Steve Martini.
    This does nothing to help your writer’s block, but my grocery list is pretty short right now.

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  3. November 5, 2022 4:52 am

    I agree that there is no such thing as writer’s block. It’s just an excuse not to write. Don’t force yourself. It’ll come back naturally.

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