Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Writer's Block

I haven't written a blog in 15 days. Nor have I done any creative writing of any sort. I've tried to start a few things, but I consistently fail to get very far into anything. The only things I've written in the past two weeks are e-mails (long ones, yes, but I'm always writing long e-mails so it doesn't really mean much).

At about two weeks without writing, my eyes turn red, and I start foaming at the mouth and chewing on my leg. I've been told that it's not a pretty sight. The problem is, the longer I suffer from one of my debilitating spurts of writer's block, the harder it is to get out of it. I tried very hard this last weekend to work on a story idea that sprung upon me, and I also put quite a lot of thought into an editorial-style piece for this blog about Dennis Kucinich, my personal favorite of the Democratic presidential candidates. Both of those things failed, however, and the leg I've been chewing on is almost stripped to the bone.

You see, I need writing. It's not just a hobby, or something I enjoy doing. It's also something that's necessary to my health and well-being. My mind is constantly cluttered with so many thoughts that if I don't get at least some of them on paper, I go insane...that is, more insane than I am usually. Writing is my therapy. So it really sucks when my creative juices stop flowing.


Rainier96 said...
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Rainier96 said...

[That "comment deleted" marks the spot of a sort of stupid comment that's best left buried.]

Everyone gets writer's block at times, especially when he thinks he has to write something. If you really have some thoughts that you just have to get out, the block will go away and you'll feel fluent. But right now you don't have to write posts to earn your living, or because of a class assignment. So relax. Just wait until the urge to yell at the world about something overwhelms you. And you'll have no problem at all when that happens.

Actually, you may be feeling pretty contented with your life right now. That may temporarily remove your urge to write, because you don't need the "therapy." But even happy writers sooner or later need to write, especially when they contemplate the world of George Bush, and it'll come back. Just don't force it.

And when you do write, I'm always an eager audience. :-)

Zachary Freier said...

I happened to read the comment a couple times over before you removed it. :P

If you have some time for a little light reading, check out this article.

It's especially funny/disturbing how Bush refers to "his government." That article was one of the things I tried to write about, but failed.

Rainier96 said...

My Government is a term sometimes used in Commonwealth Realms by the monarch or his/her representatives during the Throne Speech. While reading the speech, which is prepared by the government ministers of the day, the royal figure historically used the phrase "my government" when describing the agendas put forth. For example "my government will pursue a policy of ~~." The intent of this was to make the connection between the monarch and government, and imply that the government was a possession of the monarch, working on his or her behalf. The idea of the monarch as the symbolic "owner" of the elected government has historically been one of the principles of constitutional monarchy.

Wikipedia entry

I guess that pretty much says it all.

Zachary Freier said...

Hahaha, that's excellent. >_<

I was just watching C-SPAN, and they're showing a speech Bush gave at a Congressional Republican fundraising dinner. Just more of the same fear-mongering and idiotic rhetoric. One part in particular made me laugh. He was talking about the Democratic proposed budget, and said that they "want to return to the days of spending a lot." Apparently George W. Bush is a fiscal conservative. Wouldn't have guessed it.

Rainier96 said...

Only liberals are "tax and spend." It's ok if you "borrow and spend." "My Government" won't be around when the bill comes due.

Zachary Freier said...

Aye, aye, fiscal conservatism is built upon... unusual theories. Trickle-down economics never made much sense to me. People thought the good economy and lack of deficit in the Clinton presidency were just the long-term fruits of Reaganomics. Never understood that, myself.

I mean, no matter who you give tax cuts to, it's going to give them more money to invest into the economy. So I don't understand why Reaganomics focuses on the top of society, when the same benefits would come from giving everyone the tax breaks, which would also reduce poverty, etc.

Perhaps they didn't ever put much thought into it all.