playing with blocks; writing with robots

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. –Gene Fowler

There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough. –William Stafford

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. –Jack London

Are you feeling like no matter how hard you try, no matter how low you set your standards, no matter how many clubs you wield, no matter how much blood you sweat, that you just can’t write? Sorry to say it, but maybe your “writing block” is just a piss-poor excuse for for not getting anything done. Now thanks to advances in neopostmodern, postneodada, ne0-oulipo technology, you can let robots write for you. Check out

language is a virus Full of enough writing games and poem generators to keep you from your writing projects for weeks. Look for William S. Burrogh’s cutups. A free cut up-machine that allows you to rewrite and rearrange your writing refrigerator magnet style. Also includes a formula to help you “transchannel the spirit of of Shakespeare.”

Charles Bernstein’s collection of writing experiments includes extensive list of prompts and ideas from Bernadette Myer AND links to poetry machines, robots, and writing generators.

Think you’re blocked by your own perfectionism rather than held back by a lack of inspiration? Consider the master’s dying words:

I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. –Leonardo da Vinci

There is no excuse, really. Get to work.