Just before I set off for Thanksgiving, I wrote “thought paper” for one of my classes. It was supposed to be a short piece, just 700 words. But, for some reason, even that intimidated me. I did get the paper done — and actually liked what I had to say (though I’m not sure it’s what the professor wanted), but it was a struggle to complete.
For the past few day, for some reason, I’ve had this terrible bout of Writer’s Block, often finding it difficult to write. And I’ve been wondering if it’s related to the books I have been reading. I just finished Thomas Mann‘s Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend and while I enjoyed the book (for the most part) found it seemed to almost “paralyze” my creative aspect.
When I read some books, they truly inspire me and I find myself scribbling notes for future essays or for my screenplays or novels or even find myself writing a blog post. So, perhaps, it’s just the books I’ve been reading — or maybe it’s that I need time to let ideas ferment in my unconscious. And that in a few weeks, few days, or maybe even a few hours, I’ll find the ideas pouring forth.