I have always been against the idea that someone could have any kind of “block” to their writing. If you have “writer’s block,” I firmly believe that you don’t have a deadline or the discipline to just do what you need to do. That being said, I fully admit to going months without writing anything at all, but in my defense, I know it’s because I’m lazy — not because I’m “blocked.”
I found this great quote and infographic over at LitChat that supports my claim.
“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” – Terry Prachett
( Writer’s Block – Infographic by Ian Lurie)
Feeling “blocked”? Maybe multitasking is keeping you from getting your work done.
In other news, Madelyn over at Reading Runner Girl told me about a new linkup that I’m excited to participate in called “What I’m Reading Wednesday.”
Big thanks to Amy for hosting.
I know I have Super Sad True Love Story under my ”Currently Reading” but I wanted to take a quick detour from literature and re-read one of my favorite fantasy books from a while back – sort of a palate cleanser.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
I read this book back when I was just starting high school. It’s super short, less then 300 pages and it’s about a girl who loses her father and finds herself completely out of place in her new home. But once captured by the mysterious Hillfolk, she finds that she belongs with them more than she ever thought she could.
It’s the perfect mix of fantasy with the classic fish out of water story trope. There are even a few elements of romance, though nothing too saucy since it’s shelves as YA, possibly even younger.
The funny thing about re-reading this book is noticing how similar it is to our world rather than a separate fantasy world. Aside from some of the magic elements (like you know, a glowing blue sword), this story could have easily happened at some point in Earth’s past. I spent so much time devouring fantasy as a kid that I would never have picked up on this, but as an adult, I really appreciate the intermixing of historical fiction with fantastic elements, or vice versa…I’m not really sure.
Either way, this book is great, and you should totally read it if you’re looking for a fun, quick read.
Do you get “writer’s block”?
What’s your favorite kind of “palate cleanser” book?
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