Forgetting How to Read and Write | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
How was this possible? I had severe writer's block and reader's block. Is reader's block even a real thing?

All of my high school English teachers taught me to analyze anything and everything. They've taught me how to nitpick an entire passage about the New York skyline in The Great Gatsby, and how to criticize the role of women in Hard Times. Their essays and projects developed my writing into concise, complex pieces of work. While I'm grateful that my teachers helped me improve as a writer and a reader, my passions for pleasure reading and creative writing have vanished.

By spending so much time scrutinizing the brilliant works of Hemingway, Shakespeare and John Knowles, I've lost the ability to read and write for fun. My brain has been so overworked that when I'm not in school, it goes on hiatus. Every time I have an idea of a short story or wanted to dust off an old book from my shelf, I can't do it. What once came so natural to me was now so difficult.

How was this possible? I had severe writer's block and reader's block. Is reader's block even a real thing?