Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Few Questions

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
Dr. Seuss

"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."
Chinese Proverb

"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.