On Writer’s Block
A reader asks: “As an amateur who's trying to simply get in the habit of writing something coherent on a somewhat regular basis, I'd love to hear your take on the problem of "Writer's Block." I'd also appreciate any general tips or disciplines you might be willing to share.”
Certainly. Let me, before I answer, announce my disqualifications to answer: There are two major disqualifications to answering not merely this question, but any question on the topic of writing.
First, writing is mysterious. Each writer approaches his craft in a different way, and advice from one writer to another is useful if and only if you happen to be a writer of the same method and temperament as the first. ( Collapse )
Second, writing is mysterious. No one really knows where stories come from or why human beings tell them. (See footnote).( Collapse )FOOTNOTE: You may be wondering why I repeated myself. I can only quote RED DWARF by way of justification:
CAT: What? Am I the only sane one here? Why don't we drop the defensive shields?
KRYTEN: A superlative suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One, we don't have any defensive shields, and two, we don't have any defensive shields. Now I realise that, technically speaking, that's only one flaw but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.