There’s no such thing as writer’s block

“Every act of creation is an act of worship — regardless of the motive.” -Robert Darden

Stephen Pressfield realises this. In his wonderful book, The War of Art, Presfield outlines his writing process, which starts with a direct prayer to the Muses asking for an open line to his creative self.

But, it’s not the Muses fault if we don’t create. It’s not even necessarily your fault. It’s that we’re told art isn’t important — well, maybe that art isn’t as important compared with math, science, English, history, or a paycheck.

Ask a group of five year olds who is creative and just about every hand will go up. Ask a group of fifty year olds who is creative and, generally, only those who are artistically oriented in their career will respond. Why is this? Because being a part of a modern culture has taught us to disengage from the spiritual, the mystic, the abnormal, the creative. We’re forced to fit the puzzle because that’s what adults do, that’s what civilized people do, that’s what successful people do.

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. It’s just an excuse we tell ourselves (or are told by others) to keep us from creating.

Embrace your inner five year old and be a creator. Everyday.