Don’t fall for the writer’s con!

Natasha Tynes
3 min readMar 23, 2022

Today I’m going to tell you about what I see as the biggest fraud of the writing journey. It is a conniving scheme that still exists, and no one bothers to stop it.

Not even the US’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. They are all oblivious!

It’s a hoax orchestrated by writers against writers, a devious scheme of the ages, and, sadly, many fall for it.

It’s the dangerous, cliched term: the notorious writer’s block.

When I hear this term, I cringe and sometimes even get heart palpitations.

Introducing the writer’s con

This treacherous term should be changed to the writers’ con and no by con; I don’t mean a short word for a fancy conference where you feast on shrimps and sip on Californian white wine as you pontificate about not having the time to write. No! I’m talking about an actual swindle here, so pay attention.

The writer’s block is even romanticized in movies and books, where we see writers struggle for years, and then just like a bolt of lighting, the inspiration strikes, and the writer types away all night until they finish the whole manuscript. What a bunch of baloney!

By endorsing this kind of narrative, we defraud writers by telling them that a block exists and that you can’t write until Ms. Muse, with all her might, shows up, a fantasy tale akin to waiting for Godot.

Those who believe in shameful writer’s block are conning writers by telling them that it’s okay to not show up to write every day.

They are telling them writing is not as important as an office job! No wonder there is no phrase called The office block. You go to the office rain or shine, even if you don’t feel like it.

Writers are being misled by being told is it okay to use excuses not to write.

Feeling stuck? Take a walk

You might object and say that sometimes you do feel stuck and don’t know what to write about.

I will offer you a compromise; show up and write whatever you can write, take a quick break by walking around the block (the actual block, not the fraudulent one), then come back and keep writing. This is how the magic…

Natasha Tynes

Writer. Journalist. Words in @washingtonpost , @ElleUK , @esquire . I write about: ✍🏼 Writing 📲 Creator economy 🌍 Mideast