The Upside of Writer’s Block

A comic (plus some thoughts)

David B. Clear
4 min readSep 27, 2022


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Why I don't completely hate writer's block…

Okay. Before you worry about me, let me be clear: I’m not suicidal. There are still way too many books I want to read, places I want to visit, and bowls of delicious homemade muesli I want to eat.

I have, however, been thinking about what the upsides of writer’s block could be. And the first thing that popped into my head is that it might keep you from finishing a suicide note. Hence, the comic.

On further reflection, though, I think there are other reasons to actually embrace writer’s block.

Reason 1: it gives you a life

When you’re suffering from writer’s block, that’s usually a sign that you need to get more inputs into your noggin. It’s a sign that you need to feed your creativity with more reading and more experiencing.

It’s your brain’s way of telling you to do new things or, at the very least, grab a whole stack of books and start reading.

And, you know, it’s kind of nice of your brain to tell you to get away from the damn computer with its blank screen and mockingly blinking cursor. After all, you really do need the occasional kick in the butt to go do…



David B. Clear

Cartoonist, science fan, PhD, eukaryote. Doesn't eat cats, dogs, nor other animals. 1,000x Bottom Writer.