Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is "writer's block" real?

Here’s an “opinionator” piece in the New York Times Saturday morning on “writer’s block” by Rachel Shteir, link.

Philip Roth and Alice Munro “put down their pens” as if they had been ploughshares.   Not having a best seller, remaining a mid-list author?  

Writer’s block occurs when you have to write what other people want, very much a recommendation of the past in rags like “Writer’s Digest”.  There’s a current film on the problem “About Alex” (reviewed on Movie’s blog Aug. 13).  

And in a recent bedroom scene between Will and Sonny in NBC’s “Days of our Lives”, Sonny (whose externals keep changing) calls Will “writer” after Will gets published by writing about family scandal.  

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