Why I Can’t Break Up with Writer’s Block via Letter

Day 1

Breaking Up With Writer’s Block

 It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s Block, starting out with, “Dear Writer’s Block, it’s not you, it’s me …”

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So, I understand the appeal of beginning to write again by personifying Writer’s Block and writing a letter to him to end the relationship; however, as sad as this makes me, this prompt isn’t something I can creatively connect to. On the bright side, the prompt itself has inspired me to reflect on the concept of being broken up with via letter.

For me, I need to talk to people I’m in a close relationship with. I literally don’t understand people that fail to communicate openly with each other. I don’t think anything frustrates me more than the failure to engage in simple conversation. Passive aggressiveness freaks me out; I picture people sitting in a corner somewhere simmering up ideas of just exactly how they can piss someone else off in the hopes that they will capture that person’s attention and somewhere along the way that poor individual will read in-between the lines and magically understand precisely what is upsetting the passive aggressor. Seriously, how does that make any logical sense?

However, I digress; in short, I believe open communication is the key to any relationship. That being said, I don’t feel I could ever, with good conscience, end a relationship in any written format, be it pony express, e-mail, text message or meme. Although from a detached slightly sadistic perspective the latter would be entertaining to say the least. However, from an empathetic viewpoint, unless the foundation of a relationship was built on the written word, I see no reason for it to be the method by which one communicates the end of a relationship. Moreover, I can’t help but consider the implications of both being the person to write a break-up letter and being the person receiving the letter. On one end, I think the writer is a coward and on the other end, I think the recipient made a poor character judgment of their previous partner and needs to reevaluate how they choose their next partner. In the end, emotional warfare aside, I think being the sender or recipient of a break-up letter speaks poorly on both individuals.

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Day 1 Prompt from The Writing Prompt Bootcamp

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