Freitag, 30. Juli 2010

Writer's Block Blog

In the process of researching for my article on Alice Walker I found again a fantastic book by Janet Berlo (Berlo, Janet Catherine. Quilting Lessons: Notes from the Scrap Bag of a Writer and Quilter. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2001) that I first read during the writing of my dissertation, years ago and thought was still buried in a box from moving two years ago. In the book, Berlo, a historian and quilter, describes how she realized - when coming upon writer's block during the research and writing of a book, and when she was more and more drawn to her sewing - that really the creative energy of writing and piecing are very compatible.
She describes how the piecing and the meditative act of sewing and creating has helped her set her creative energy for academic writing free and that she feels she needs both to be balanced and creative in one and the other activity. Browsing through the book I came upon the beginning of her chapter "Writer's Block" in which she says that when writing down the title for the chapter, she first had a good laugh. And indeed, the ambiguity of the term "Writer's Block" is quite striking. I wonder, along with Berlo, what the quilt block "Writer's Block" would look like. Most likely it is an intricate maze-like crazy block that doesn't have any clear structure or system. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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