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Writer’s block

Many writers often develop writer’s block after they have been writing for a while. They found their creativity dries up, could not write even a single sentence. I have been writing blog for almost 3 years, recently I found I have a mild symptom of writer’s block. In some day, I just could not think of anything. I still write TV, anime and book reviews. Writing review is relatively easy, the theme is already there and I just have to write down what I think. Putting a topic to write is the difficult part. Well, it is not that I am less creative, rather hold myself to a have higher standard now. I don’t my writing merely repeating what others say. I want to make my own point of view that is original. The problem is that I seems to start repeating myself. What’s the point of saying the same thing of similar issues many times? Maybe I should shift the emphasis of my writing. Instead of always trying to come up with new ideas, I should be content with my old ideas and focus on refining my writing skill. The same idea can be present in many different ways, some are more efficient and elegant than others. I should explore different style of writing other random scribble. I think I have hit a plateau in my writing skill, in order to have progress, I should learn about more advance writing skills. Now, the question is where can I find those materials.

7 comments to Writer’s block

  • Do you want to write some more about economics, politics and religious topics….?

    You have very broad background…..

  • I don’t know much about investments, my stock pick is actually worse than S&P500 index for the past few years. (excluding the recent crash)

    Maybe i should narrow my topics on politics, economics and religion, gotta create a market niche if I want to find my position.

  • Hi Horace,

    While I don’t know you well, I think good or interesting ideas are more important than better writing skills (unless you are writing fiction).

    Some people like to post interesting links/reading materials they have come across, and that work well for some bloggers.

    I think I learn it from Guy Kawasaki, I have never let my ignorance (and I will add – stupidity) stop me from writing or saying things. 🙂

    Regards,
    Kempton

    P.S. Here is something I first learn from Bill Buxton (I highly recommend his latest book and love it to pieces). Bill attributed the following example to blogger Bill Brandon, (e-text borrowed),

    “The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot -albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.“

  • Hi Kempton,

    Thanks for the encouragement. That reminds me the 10000 hours rule. Write more, write better.

  • Absolutely. As we write more (and read more), we get better as a side effect. 🙂

  • Actually, not really. Practice not necessary makes better, practice without proper training merely solidify the bad habits.

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