As I was roaming about in the halls of my Blogging University, one particular headline caught my eye:Why I Don’t Believe In Writer’s Block. The title is compelling, I must admit. I had to read it. So I did.
Until that point, I had never even questionned the fact that writer’s block could be nothing but a fabrication in our mind. For me, debating it’s existence was equivalent to debating Earth’s geometrical form. To me writer’s block was REAL. Sure, I was aware of techniques that aim to facilitate writing flow, but in my mind the notorious writer’s block was inescapable, sort of like an inevitable bad day. A day when you’re just OFF.
Now, I won’t go into great detail about the content of the post, nor will I dispute the author’s view on the topic (I actually enjoyed it, as it offered perspective). All I wish to do is comment on one point that was brought up.
Towards the end of the post, the author offers an explanation as to why one may have writer’s block. What struck a chord with me was reason number 3: Fear of success. I found it strange that anyone trying to obtain success could actually fear it. Paradoxical, right?
But then I remembered a quote someone once told me way back when…
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…
Who are we not to be?
Sure we can be hesitant to deal with success’s side effects (jealousy and envy from others, to name one), but should status quo even be an option?
There are as many definitions of success as there are people on this planet, but I think we can all agree that success is an achievement of some sort. Reaching a sought after goal not only helps US, it can inspire others. As long as our goals/resolutions are moral and legal we should pursue them 100%.
Here is someone who explains it better than me. Check out the video
As always, join the discussion. You can leave your comments below and let me know what your angle is on this.