Hopefully you haven’t seen “Limitless,” the new movie about a writer who discovers a productivity drug, writes a novel, and ruins his life. The reviews give it a pass.
In her Salon essay, Laura Miller puts the movie to better use as a launching pad for a discussion of writer’s block. I like her conclusion, “What every blocked writer really needs: something more significant they should be doing instead.”
Miller describes the ego-driven fear that is induced by making your writing too important. Better to let some other task (hopefully something that really does matter) bear that burden and get on with the musings that satisfy your limbic drive.