Writer's Block

by JMBauhaus
originally published at 04:08PM on Tuesday, January 08, 2008

“Go on, write something.”

“Write what?”

“Anything. It doesn’t matter.”

“I can’t just write anything.”

“Why not?”

“Because that’s just not how it’s done! You have to have characters, and a scene and, you know… plot. I don’t even have an idea.”


“So, how can I write if I don’t have any ideas?”

“You’re writing now.”



“Look wh—? Oh. Huh.”

“Don’t stop. Keep going.”

“I can’t.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know where to go.”

“Well, what happens next?”

“So far, nothing’s actually happened.”

“Then make something happen.”

“Like what?”

“I don’t know. You tell me.”

“You’re supposed to be my inspiration. Shouldn’t you tell me?”

“That’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

“Fine. Here’s something: “The sun imploded, and every body died. The end.’”

“I’m still here.”

“You’re still not helping.”

“And yet you’re still writing.”

”...shut up.” ... “Hello?”

“You said shut up.”

“I didn’t mean it. I’m sorry. Talk to me. Please. Tell me what to do.”

“Just write.”

“Here we go again…”




  • from Ben Paddon:

    I think I’ve had this conversation with myself a hundred thousand times. It’s actually what led me to write my ficlet “The Cleverest Thing Anyone Has Ever Written”. I like this, though. This is a nice twist on the “writing about being unable to write” idea. I like it.

  • from .:band baby:.:

    haha, this is cute!

  • from yoITSme:

    i know the secret of writers block…hahahahahaha you dont. nah nah nah boo boo. sorry my hyper little self can’t stay normal…i will tell you the secret if u send me a note

  • from emma jo_234:

    erm….secret of writer’s block? Considering what a pain writer’s block is, yoITSme, it’s really quite unkind of you to withhold that secret from all of us. ;-]

    Anyhow. I love this. I agree with Ben Paddon, I have had this conversation at least a million times. Love how you turned it into a really cute Ficlet.