The Old Soldier has had his share of writer’s block. Well, after more than forty years of writing short stories, do you know what I’ve realized about writer’s block? Your creativity is just taking a break.
Writer’s block is nothing to be concerned about. You don’t worry when your body needs a good night of sleep, do you? So, don’t worry when you have writer’s block.
A new period of creativity is just around the corner.
I’m nearly finished with my biography of Jack Kerouac that I checked out of the public library several days ago. I do believe that a writer has to live it up in order to write it down. (Although, from what I know of Emily Dickinson, which is not much, she was a home-body and an excellent poet. I like her poetry.)
I also believe that a writer has to distinguish between self-instruction and self-destruction. No wonder Jack Kerouac died at a relatively young age (47).
Of course, some people are self-destructive by nature, whether or not they produce great writing. Most writers, myself included, will never be considered great writers like Kerouac. We just live our lives and get our writing done the best we can.
But it’s always fascinating and very instructive to read about writers like Jack Kerouac. Their lives are full of the dos and don’ts of being a writer.
Oh, and realize that there are also plenty of great writers who live well into old age. Guess which group of writers I admire the most?
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