Writer’s block

Is it easier to be told what to write than to have utter freedom? Does the potential to write anything make us completely inert? Does this apply to other aspects of our lives too?

An old friend was bemoaning the loss of her creative imagination last week. When we were at school together, all those many years ago, a group of us to pass science lesson made dull by a particularly bad teacher by writing stories. Each person would write a few lines or paragraphs, then pass the paper on to the next person to take the story a step forward, all the while coming up with widly exaggerated dramas. On the bus ride home we would make up crazy stories about other passengers.

Do we lose this capacity to create exciting stories as we grow up? Do responsibilities and work take over or do our imaginations actually dull? Is it something that can be won back or when gone is it lost forever?


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