How Do I Break a Writer's Block?

What should I write about? I haven’t a clue.

I’m tired of politics, the partisan view.

Something appealing?

A thought or a feeling?

Or something amusing to more than a few?

Writer's block (Calvin & Hobbes) – Biblioklept

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  • One thing you and Margaret* have in common--if you have writer's block, write about it.

    Not having written anything original in 45 years of writing (but considering taking a creative writing course), I can't help but agree that politics and the news are not fun.

    At least WG always has the weather and the moon. When those no longer exist, we'll have a real problem.
    *Surprisingly, I remembered that from 10/29/2020.

    I also noted that I contradicted a comment I made there. I did get yesterday's Final Jeopardy! "Who was Edgar Allen Poe?"

  • In reply to jack:

    The heat you're feeling from the Far North Side is me blushing. Thanks, Jack.

    "Something appealing," somehow set off "Comedy Tonight" in my mind, and (I had to look it up) it was from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

    I do think the best way to break a block (or logjam, as Jack remembered me writing about it) is to just start writing about the process of writing. That's why I still keep my Peter Rabbit figure around. Even Beatrix Potter got stuck when she had to write a letter to a young friend, didn't know what to put in her letter, and decided to tell him a story about four rabbits: Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, and Peter.

    I think this may be another of our famous weeks of one idea for two or three of us, AW. Join in, Jack!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    "Something appealing" is a line from " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" one of my favorite Broadway musical comedies. The lyrics, BTW, were penned by Stephen Sondheim. The next line is "Something appalling".

    Adlai Stevenson pere once quipped referring to author/conservative minister Norman Vincent Peale who wrote "The Power of Positive Thinking" a best-seller Post WWII that:
    "St.Paul is appealing. St. Peale is appalling."

    After Adlai Stevenson lost his bid to replace Ike as president, he joked "A funny thing happened on the way to the White House."

  • In reply to jack:

    Take that creative writing course, Jack! And you can always write here....

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Yes, take the course!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I third the motion.

  • Great post and comments! I suggest something like Blogapallooza we used to do. We could pick a topic and all write about it...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Blogapalooza might work if someone has an original idea to propose as a topic, but in the case of one person in the right pane, it would have to be something he can copy. The Cubs are so bad that nobody is inspired to write anything about the MLB team in Cubs Den. I wonder what all the unoriginal commenters who flamed "you're a Sox fan" are doing now.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I miss Blogapalooza too. Let's see what a post like this can do.

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