Yesterday evening, thanks to 60 Minutes contributor John Dickerson, I came across this utterly perfect telegram written in 1945 by Dorothy Parker — an American treasure of a writer and a biting satirist — to her editors about how she was struggling with an unrelenting case of writer's block:
I love this telegram for two reasons:
Starting now, "I can't look you in the voice" is my go-to excuse for not wanting to talk on the phone.
"All I have is a pile of paper covered with wrong words" is basically the banner headline for how I've been feeling the past three weeks.
The latter is a self-imposed pain, however. Because, even when you set yourself up for success with all of the right conditions for writing — plenty of time, a clean writing space, the right music, lots of mental preparation, realistic deadlines, and so on — sometimes the "magic" just won't happen.
And absolutely no writer is immune to this scenario, no matter how talented or prolific. Sadly, that's easy to forget when you're facing immovable content creation deadlines but buried under your own "pile of paper with all wrong words."
I was reminded that yes, the act of creating something from nothing (particularly with words) is painful. But it's almost impossible to describe how satisfying it feels to complete a content creation project.
The key word there being "almost." Again, Dorothy Parker comes through with the ideal articulation of this feeling:
"I hate writing. I love having written."
So, to those of you out there who are currently struggling to meet your next blogging deadline or to get a content project across the finish line, know you're not alone. (At the very least, you've got me as your comrade in creation misery, since I'm currently neck-deep in my own massive content project.)
And know that, when you finally smash that "publish" button or make the final edit on your draft, you'll also experience the pure elation that always comes in the moment when you can finally say, "I love having written."
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❤️ Weekly (Work-Related) Twitter Crushes
Here are my favorites for this week, who are totally worth a follow: