"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."
"If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Okay. I got a blog written, but it took a long time to do it, not because it was particularly difficult, but because I am so easily distracted. So for this blog, I’m going to do my best to write without stopping.
I have taught writing before and one thing I would tell my students to do was to write for a few minutes without stopping. This was a good way to get past the writer’s block that so often occurs. Writer’s block may be another form of what Steven Pressfield calls resistance. I suppose I get it sometimes, but it usually goes away after I’ve been writing for a while. I’m not sure how it all works. I have a lot of questions regarding the process and results of writing? Here are some of those questions:
· Did Shakespeare or other prolific writers have writer’s block?
· Why do some writers only seem to have one or two good books in them, while the rest are less notable?
· Is the purpose of writing to create best sellers or great literature? Or is the purpose of writing just to write?
· Is financial success or popularity a sign of good writing?
· What is it that the public is looking for when a book becomes a huge bestseller?
· Why are some books hugely popular for a while before they fade into obscurity or disfavor?
· Is everyone who gets a book published motivated by the Purpose of writing?
· How come there’s so much bad writing out there?
· Do people who write badly but get published anyway know or care that they write badly?
· Could I intentionally write a bad book?
· Would I?
· Should I write every day or should I take off one day a week?
· If I write every day, am I in danger of burning myself out?
· If I don’t write every day, I would miss 52 days of writing a year. Do I really want to do that?
· Is it wrong to hope that my writing will help make me wealthy?
· Would financial success or popularity be a trap?
· How do I stay sharp and fresh as a writer?
· Will the time come when I stop writing?
· Does anyone understand how healing it is to write?
· Is there some way I could make the world understand how healing it is to be in Purpose?
· Will I ever get tired of telling people to Get Started and Keep Going?
In answer to the last question: No, I don’t think so.