Writer’s Block



When asked his most feared thing
Papa Hemingway replied – a blank sheet of paper
Today that same pale page is mine

Sappho wrote – What cannot be said, is wept
Yet nothing flows fluidly from my mind’s eye
My soul’s ambrosial reservoir unfilled

The Bard declared – The purpose of words is to give them away
So I am the beggar starving with a hunger to host
a wordthy banquet where all may gorge

But because Bukowski barked –
Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all
I offer nothing but these thoughts this day

62 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. Slayer says:

    I don’t like it, I love it.
    Where’s the “Love” button, Goddammit!
    The “block” presages a fillable cup:
    The reservoir is filling up.

  2. kdavisfanclub says:

    writer’s block is a myth, Mike! At least, I keep telling myself that, time is more of an enemy to me than a lack of inspiration (and that is also my own fault and artful use of procrastination). May I suggest that you always finish your writing day NEAR the end of a page/screen or at the start of one, this erases the illusion of a daunting blank page.

    • That tip reads perfectly logical to me Baldy – I’ll file it away. And yeah the term is a myth but it’s a great excuse and better than having to list all my personal shortcomings and all the mundane crap got dumped on my day πŸ˜€

    • Slayer says:

      Feeling you, K.

      Time, too, is my nemesis. There is a severe, and limb-severing, battle between domesticity and work on the one hand and “creativity” on the other.

      What’s the answer?

      More disciplined time-management?

  3. Heyy this is really awesome. Great use of words
    The Bard declared – The purpose of words is to give them away
    So I am the beggar starving with a hunger to host
    a poetic banquet where all may gorge
    This stanza I loved the most .Awesome

    • I thank you for such complimentary feedback DVH – I cannot add to that as I’m distracted by my palm slapping my face repeatedly in reaction to your closing comment.

  4. One of my favorite things to do when I can’t write, is to write about not being able to write. Or if there is no word that works, perhaps say there is no word that works. It ends up being refreshing and surprising and does the trick of putting something on paper. Nice Work.

  5. Great post, dear Mike… It seems ironic that even the wonderful, Nobel and prolific writer, Ernest Hemingway feared the blank page.
    Thanks for sharing!, All the very best to you, Aquileana πŸ˜€

  6. I totally appreciate this Mike. My work is so busy at the moment that it’s dulling my brain. I do have an opera weekend coming up (Don Giovanni), so I’m hoping that wakes some neurons up!

  7. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    your moment of pause between your writing your thoughts are very well put and taken it as well…your writer’s bloke has a whisper full of wisdom
    Take Care…You Matter…

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