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Reader's Block

I love when someone voices an idea, that I already believe in, in a way that I haven’t thought about before.

It gives me a little high. Because then I get to look at the idea/concept from a fresh perspective.

I got that high today when I watched this Netflix interview with Chris Rock.

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In it, he said: “I don’t believe in writer’s block. But I believe there’s reader’s block. And if you don’t read a lot. Then you won’t write a lot.”

It’s so true.

Reader’s Block

I entered this year with the goal to write everyday.

So far, so good.

And one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s a lot easier to write when I’m contemplating something that:

  • I’ve read in a book
  • Or I read on twitter
  • Or I experienced that day
  • Or I watched in a YouTube video.

Basically, anything I’ve experienced or consumed.

Consuming ideas/concepts/information into your brain gives you clay to play with and to mold.

Without that clay, you can’t create.

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So what looks like “writer’s block” (a lack stuff to write about) is actually “reader’s block” (a lack of stuff in your brain to pull from).

So, consume more stuff.

  • Read (novels, biographies, tweets)
  • Watch interviews of brilliant people
  • Experience things in life

(Overconsumption, on the other hand, is a different problem)