There’s No Such Thing As Talker’s Block

icarus-deceptionIf you spend too much time listening or reading Seth Godin, he’ll mess you up. Lately, I’ve been reading (re: listening to the audio of) his book “The Icarus Deception.” If you’ve ever thought of yourself as creative (or even better if you’ve not), this book is great for pulling back all the excuses  you have about not pushing the boundaries of your creative work.  And while I don’t agree with all of it, I highly recommend the book.

Several times throughout the book, Seth hammers away at the idea of writer’s block. According to his research, before the writing of books and novels became a widely accepted and revered profession, there was no such thing as writer’s block. Writer’s block only became “a thing” when writing became a revered art form. When the stakes got high, the fear of writing something wrongly kicked in among writers and ever since, writer’s block has existed.

The other critique he made was this: “There’s no such thing as talker’s block.” Think about it. No one spends two or three days or weeks without talking because there’s nothing to say. But many people, too many people, stop writing because of the fear of committing their words to paper.

The solution, according to Godin, is to write daily and publicly. The point of the exercise is not to overwhelm your audience, but to slowly and persistently learn to stop fearing committing words to a page. And that, dear reader, is why I’m writing today. Today, I’m going to commit to write daily and publicly.

That will mean a few things for you. My writing may be more than you’ve asked for. That’s okay. Don’t unsubscribe, just don’t read every post or feel like you have to.  Or, journey along with me. It’s up to you. My posts will be shorter. My motto, at least for a season, will be “less but better.” Also, my content may drift a little bit from what I typically write about on here. I’m trying to decide whether to open another blog of some kind or keep it all here.  The jury’s still out. I welcome your feedback. Lastly, there will definitely be less pictures, hyperlinks, and various cool things. These take time and distract from real writing. Those type of posts will happen, just not every day.

Finally, thanks for being part of the journey. This blog is nowhere near as fun without the feedback you provide.




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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

11 responses to “There’s No Such Thing As Talker’s Block”

  1. linda lint says :

    Looking forward to this! Just a thought however – there are people who live alone and have very little contact with people. Sometimes the isolation results in not speaking to another human for two or possible more days.

  2. Fanning the flame says :

    Very insightful. I find it difficult at times to put my thoughts into a blog. But I want to write all the time. It’s so bad that, please forgive me, I think bout it while in the bathroom, while doing dishes, and sometimes before sleep or when I wake up. I have all these ideas.. But to collect them into a blog.. I struggle..sometimes. If you see my draft box on WordPress you’ll see I have five different blogs started. But, I also have been a bit busy lately. So I can use that excuse too. Another thing is ending the blog. I often times struggle. I guess I’m still learning this writing thing. Lol

    • traviskolder says :

      You should join me. Write publicly, every day, no matter how short it is. I’m sure some of my posts will be tweet-length, but less is better. You write better by writing more… 🙂

  3. Fanning the flame says :

    I’ve been thinking bout it for a couple weeks really. Yes. I’m sure it would help me.. In many ways. Thanks for the challenge. I’ll accept 😆

  4. Aroea says :

    This is awesome! I don’t appreciate having another book I need to read but I’m looking forward to watching this. I might even attempt to join you.

    • traviskolder says :

      Hey Aroea, thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot that you took the time to stop by. It would be a total honor to have you join along. I haven’t been a good model of this yet, but I believe the key is “less but better.” Two paragraphs written and posted are better than 7 days between posts. 🙂

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