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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Non-Writing Writer

Not writing at all constitutes the ultimate triumph of fear. We seldom admit this, however, even to ourselves. We just can't seem to "get around to it." That sounds like writer's block and sometimes is. Unlike blocked writers, however--who try to put words on paper but can't--non-writing writers have stopped trying. "Maybe after I retire I'll get back to it," they may say. Or: "when the kids are grown"; when I have a better office to write in"; "once I've bought a new computer"; "after I take another writing class."

Ralph Keyes, The Courage to Write, 1995 

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