“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
– Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899
It’s one of those quotes that many people have heard, and many of those same people know that it is not true. Such words were never uttered by Mr. Duell.
Despite it not being true, it came back to me today as I tried to think of something to write about. With the deadline fast approaching for posting to my daily blog, and no viable thoughts running through my head on what to write about, the thought crossed my mind that after five years of blogging, maybe I have nothing left to write about.
Perhaps all I want to say has already been said, either by me, or much more likely, by someone else.
But as soon as I started thinking like that, I was reminded of the false quote above.
Of course, there’s a lot to write about. It could be something brand new, it could be a new take on something you wrote before, or it could be a new way of looking at something somebody else has written.
Think of Romeo and Juliet; how many stories, movies, and TV shows have forbidden love as the theme, perhaps all in some way paying homage to Shakespeare?
And who knows, perhaps Romeo and Juliet itself was based on something Shakespeare had read.
So while there will always be something to write about, the problem is that sometimes it may take a while for such an idea to come to the writer.
From my perspective, I’ve got to believe that writer’s block is a real thing.
Fortunately, much has been written about what to do when you’re facing writer’s block.
One of the common pieces of advice is to just write something, anything.
So I took that advice, and there you have it.
My blog for the day…
*image from Professional Grant Writer