Saturday, January 3, 2009

Writers' Block

A nice piece by Anne Enright in today's Guardian in the Author, Author slot here. A lot of it is the usual stuff about so-called "writer's block" (or is it writers' block?). The sentence which I would have framed over my desk is "There is so much guff talked about creativity, and the more of this guff you talk, the more you are in danger of becoming blocked."

I myself, if I had time, would formulate a theory that anything denoted by an abstract noun cannot in fact exist. This would especially argue that there is no such thing as creativity. This would be a great boon to all writers, artists etc who could then get on with the job of making things, poems, novels, paintings without having to be "creative".

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