Monday, June 26, 2006

Writer's block

According to wikipedia.

Writer's block is the phenomenon in which a writer temporarily loses the capability to continue writing. It is characterised by the loss of inspiration or confidence in creativity.

Why does the definition include the passive voice?

Perhaps I should cease viewing myself as a writer, so as to put an end to this thing called "writer's block."

It is not for the lack of what to write about:  I have over 20 drafts which I started just to be ambushed by writer's, I mean, dork's block.

Oh, no. Now I have blogged about blogging, which according to this guy* is a sign that the blog is on a deathbed.

* www.rockyjay.com/rocky_jay/2006/05/three_stages_of.html. Be warned:  The guy likes semi-nude photos, which is why I am not giving you a hyperlink. Thanks to Miss Cellania for the URL.

13 Comments:

At June 26, 2006 1:33 AM, Blogger afp763389 said...

;) what about an audio blog...

take care & good luck

 
At June 26, 2006 2:54 AM, Blogger Worried said...

David, don't you even THINK about deathbed for your blog!! Perhaps you are just going through a slump, which is something most of us do now and then. In fact, I am fighting one now.

You are a good writer, David. Do not be discouraged.

 
At June 26, 2006 5:51 AM, Blogger Miss Cellania said...

It was so ironic, that post about blogging, where I cracked a joke about being on my deathbed, was the LAST post on my OLD site. It froze up after that. People are still going there, still wondering why I stopped posting.

 
At June 26, 2006 6:40 AM, Blogger DPT said...

David,

A couple of thoughts...People who write for a living under deadline don't suffer from writer's block, they just write things that really aren't worth reading...because they have a deadline. They don't have the luxury of letting their thoughts mature and develop, which might make for much better and more helpful analysis. The reader is left with the task of putting together the author's views piecemeal because that's the way he or she has written them. That's not very helpful to the reader.

One thing has remained a constant 26 years after leaving journalism school: The first rule of writing is having something to say. You can tell from reading some articles/books/blog posts that the author's thoughts really haven't crystallized yet. The way their writing meanders, gets bogged down and attempts to clarify without succeeding often means their thinking on the subject hasn't come into focus yet. The problem really isn't writer's block, it's the need for the writer to think through the subject to completion, or at least tentative conclusions that are clear, consistent and supported by evidence.

Sometimes that means that the Lord must reveal missing pieces or supply wisdom we lack. It's like the natural process of fruit ripening; it can't be hurried or bypassed. So don't get discouraged. Wait on the Lord and trust him.

 
At June 26, 2006 10:08 AM, Blogger DaveShack said...

Do electricians get electricians block?

 
At June 26, 2006 1:09 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Lazy. That's your problem.

Lazy lazy lazy.

 
At June 26, 2006 3:32 PM, Blogger Oricon Ailin said...

If blogging about blogging means the death of a blog, then my blog's been dying for the past year and a half. Hmmm.

 
At June 26, 2006 4:01 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

To copy myself from my own blogging-about-blogging post...

Blogging about blogging is not a deathknell. Humans are always reflecting on what we do - it's a big part of what makes us human, our self-consciousness. So if we blog, we think about blogging. I guess I should go say that on your blog, since it's in response to what you wrote over there.

I'd also like to comment on this:

You can tell from reading some articles/books/blog posts that the author's thoughts really haven't crystallized yet.

I don't see this in articles and books, although I'm extremely selective in what I read. However, in blog posts, I think it's acceptable to write thoughts that haven't crystallized yet, sometimes preferred.

I see blogs as an excellent medium to muse, conjecture, post half-formed thoughts, collect other people's thoughts on the subject, and see where it takes you.

Blogs are a place to explore our thoughts without having to worry about impressing an audience or trying to be published. We bloggers shouldn't feel we have to hone and polish everything we say before we post.

 
At June 26, 2006 7:29 PM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

David, I'm brand new to this blogging thing, but I've enjoyed reading your blog and joining in on the exploration of ideas. From my experience of authoring books, I would add to the definition of writer's block - such that it also stems from the need to get it perfect the first time. I'm not saying that's you. However I know that the first step in writing a book, for instance, is to just get something down on paper. Authors call that "dirty writing". In my most recent novel "Beyond The Passion" - the process of dirty writing was a must as I let my mind free-associate at the computer keyboard. It's dirty because there are misspellings, punctuation errors, etc - very messy. But that's where the creativity all begins. Perfectionism is a number one enemy of creativity. Great treasures sometimes begin within our trash. Hmmm - there's some cool applications in that.

P.S.: This comment isn't perfect, it's just a bit of "dirty writing".

 
At June 26, 2006 10:12 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

@Worried
Thank you so much for the kind words.

@Miss Cellania
I actually found it on your new site. Thanks.

@DPT
You have some great insights about writing. About blogging, I am with L-Girl about this. The audience is my readers, but it is also myself as well. so I don't think completion or perfection is really important. But then again, who am I to say what is important or what isn't. Blogging is however you want it to be.

@Dave
Uhh..maybe electrician's shock.

 
At June 26, 2006 10:19 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

@nwc
Yeah, words from your own blog deathbed.

@oricon
Well, that is according to just one guy's opinion or if he is right, maybe you are blogging from blog heaven :)

@laura
Agreed. See my response to DPT. Even books go through several editions, and I cannot imagine the writer's aggravation after his/her book has been published, and they are itching to make modifications. After publishing each entry, I must go through at least 10 modifications after reading it over.

@brian
Thanks for stopping by. I keep a lot of drafts with dirty writing as you put it. They are just notes scattered all over, but eventually my ideas come into focus. You wrote a novel? Well, I will have to look it up.

 
At June 27, 2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Friar Tuck said...

good to see ya back. My planning helps with my writers block

 
At July 02, 2006 8:06 PM, Blogger Brotha Buck said...

Shoot, blogging about blogging is my favorite topic

 

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