by Anne R. Allen
Writer’s block is probably the most popular topic in the writing posts on Medium, the popular new (ish) blogging platform. Lots of Millennials use Medium, and their posts offer an insight into our culture’s future.
I’ve been amazed to see how many young writers consider themselves “blocked.”
I fear it comes from that old adage “write every day”– which is silly. Even the most successful, prolific writers I know don’t work seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. It’s good to remember that even God rested on the seventh day.
I believe that if you have nothing to say, it’s best not to say it.
There is so much pressure right now to turn out endless verbiage that writers aren’t taking time to read, contemplate, and have real experiences to write about.
I was glad to see a post on Medium last Tuesday that finally said exactly that: Living is Part of the Writing Process.
The message, from writer Lindsay Knowles, is a good one: resist that pressure to vomit out pointless words. The world does not need endless piles of derivative prose. It needs fresh, exciting ideas.
Wherever in your consciousness those fresh ideas live–call it your “muse” or your “creativity well” as creativity guru Julia Cameron does–you can’t force those ideas to appear by bullying yourself.
Not only does self-bullying not produce good work. It can be dangerous to your health.