A letter in the advice column “Blunt Instrument” over at Electric Literature asks:
“I’ve been blocked for years and avoid writing almost every day. So I guess my question is, am I not a real writer if I don’t feel like I have to write?”
Essayist and poet Elisa Gabbert replied: “I hate this idea — it’s both privileged (it’s a lot easier to write every day if you’re healthy, if you don’t have to work a full-time job, if you can afford to do stuff like have an office, pay for childcare, have a housekeeper, etc.) and gatekeeper-y (a way of keeping those less lucky people out of the game).”
Read the full response here: https://electricliterature.com/am-i-still-a-real-writer-if-i-dont-feel-compelled-to-write/
What do you think makes a “real writer”?
Do you write every day?
What’s the longest you’ve been blocked?