Before Jul 31st I didn’t know very much about Gore Vidal, but after his death this week the internet was inundated with his quippy quotes, extreme judgements, and general sass. For the most part this discovery has been delightful. Anyone who can come up with so many funny and interesting insults is a-okay in my book, but upon reading 10 of his quotes on writer posted on Writer’s Digest the quote below put me in a bit of a tailspin:
“That famous writer’s block is a myth as far as I’m concerned. I think bad writers must have a great difficulty writing. They don’t want to do it. They have become writers out of reasons of ambition. It must be a great strain to them to make marks on a page when they really have nothing much to say, and don’t enjoy doing it.”
I’ve written before about having trouble finding the inspiration to write this summer. I’ve put a lot of work into the project I’m working on right now, but this quote seemed to verbalize my fear that my desire comes from ambition not talent. Giving up is obviously not a reasonable reaction, so since I am having trouble working on the novel I think some writing exercises are in order to get me through my lack of inspiration. I know some good ones for when you are first developing a project, but I can’t think of any to reinvigorate a piece midstream.
Here is one exercise I’ve found on Huffington Post that looks intriguing. Does anyone else have any that they would like to share with me? Also what do you think about the quote…is Vidal correct or just arrogant?