Many writers have been known to struggle with this literary disorder, including F. Scott Fitzgerald – author of The Great Gatsby, and Charles Schulz – creator of the comic strip Peanuts.
I wonder if Moses ever experienced writer’s block. Apparently not! He wrote the first five books of the Old Testament and even contributed the 90th Psalm. When he wasn’t out fighting giants or attending to matters of state, David found time to compose seventy-three psalms. Solomon was a prolific writer. Attributed to Solomon are 3,000 proverbs (many of which are recorded in the Book of Proverbs), 1005 songs (his most famous being the Song of Solomon), plus the Book of Ecclesiastes. He also contributed two psalms!
And then there was Luke. Though he wrote only two books (Luke & Acts), Luke provided the most literary content of all New Testament writers. The apostle John wrote five books – four that bear his name plus the Book of Revelation. And of course, there was the apostle Paul – author of thirteen New Testament epistles (or 14 if you want to count Hebrews).
From the looks of it, none of the writer’s suffered much from writer’s block. One of these authors provided this explanation, “For no prophecy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself. It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God” (2 Peter 1:20-21). These writers were not ordinary writers, and the Book they wrote is no ordinary Book. Though the writers are all dead and gone, the Book they wrote is very much alive!
So having read this brief article that began with me staring at a blank computer screen frozen in place with a temporary case of writer’s block, I encourage you to pick up your Bible and start reading. It really is an amazing Book!
Pastor Todd Weston