Monday, January 12, 2009

(Re)Creating Writer's Block?

So I'm back, but in a rush, what with school starting today and getting ready to teach my first class in almost 2 years tomorrow, but I wanted to share this link to a fabulously funny article at the Atlantic. It's a faux ad for a "writer's re-blocking" seminar, to cure people who can't stop writing their blogs, Twitter updates, Facebook statuses, etc. Anyone who's read or attended any sort of motivational writing seminar will appreciate this one.

One of my favorite parts of the "schedule" for the workshop from the article:
“Re-embrace Your Inner Critic.” Using advanced transference techniques, you will pretend to read your work to the most discouraging person you know: the relative who says “Who do you think you are? You’re not funny”; the friend who never got around to reading your short story; the scary professor who always gave your essays a D. You will learn to love them all as they do their best to keep you from typing out another word.

Perhaps that little voice that keeps murmuring in your ear that you have nothing of worth to say is really onto something!
Anyway, I'm off to school. Enjoy the article!

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