About More than Writer’s Block

I have writer’s block.  And, really, that’s all I have to say.  And if you’re a regular reader of A Little Tour in Yellow, you certainly are not surprised.

Typically I write something like this:

 I think I will treat myself to an essay or two from E. B. White‘s collection One Man’s Meat.  I like Elwyn’s style.  And I have a confession.  I thought it outrageously silly when, in my senior year of high school,  I got a copy of The Elements of Style and thought…No chance in heck (because I didn’t say hell back then) can this be the same guy who wrote Charlotte’s Web.  What are the odds, I thought, that there could be two men in the world going by the name “E. B. White”?  Such an absurdity.  One writes about a spider and a pig and the other teams up with a guy named Strunk.  Impossible.

(You can see the pickle I’m in.  It is self-evident.)

If only I had taken things a bit more seriously, or at least a bit more seriously than the vague moment in the future for which I am striving for now.

As it is I am up late, looking at the clock — good lord, it is late! — and I am getting anxious.

Maybe writer’s block — like most delays and procrastinations — is all about a perverted sense of time.  At the beginning you believe you have all the time in the world only because time passing is unfathomable.  Toward the end you freeze because you can’t bear to waste another moment of whatever unknown time remains for you.

Regardless of what it is, not a lot of time remains for writer’s block now and perhaps never did.  In fact the luxury of time has always been nothing but a parade of squander marching toward an unfinished line.

Think about it.

Tomorrow will be another day.  Then the day after that is yet another, stretching into weeks and beyond with all the troubling reminders of clocks and calendars and birthdays and more.  If you’re not careful, you could end up in a pickle, too.  And whatever the excuses of the past, I can’t waste anymore time thinking about it.  In the end it can never be too late to choose what to  do.  It simply is time to write through it.  Isn’t that the solution?

I dare say writer’s block reflects some serious business.



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