On Community

1 This is my final essay as the Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Block Magazine. Being a member of the editorial board for the last 18 months has been incredibly enriching. I’m moving on because I feel it’s time to pursue other creative projects—but Sona (who is also leaving) and I are both so excited to follow … More On Community

On Self-Loathing and Gregor’s Labyrinth

“They will love me for that which destroys methe sword in my dreams the dust of my thoughtsthe sickness that breeds in the folds of my mindEvery compliment takes a piece of my soulAn expressionist nagStalling between two foolsThey know nothing –” Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis The stereotype of the tortured artist consists in the … More On Self-Loathing and Gregor’s Labyrinth

On Endings

Have you ever started to read a book more slowly solely because you did not want the story to end? Taken more breaks, put it away for longer, and used it as a treat to read whenever you felt sad? I for one did this for the first time when I read Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian … More On Endings

Define ‘The End’

I hoped to end it “big”, in some way.Kind of stupid. As if the value of the whole is determined by this brief moment; the bangs and lights of a fireworks show before the silent darkness, the final scene that brings everything together before the curtain falls, the final credits crawling across the screen, the lights … More Define ‘The End’

An Ode to Wilde

If, with the literate, I amImpelled to try an epigram,I never seek to take the credit;We all assume that Oscar said it. — Dorothy Parker, 1927 My first encounter with Oscar Wilde’s writing was in sophomore year of high school when my English teacher announced that the next book we would be studying was The … More An Ode to Wilde

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Makes Storytellers Out of Everyone

Three souls cross paths in a tavern. First the half-orc, strong and quiet, driven by power. Then the dragonborn, whose travels entertain an ever-growing curiosity. Lastly, the Aasimar, a celestial being seeking to stop destiny. An older man, a storyteller of sorts, informs them that what they are looking for is an abandoned house near … More ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Makes Storytellers Out of Everyone

Writer’s Block #44

We are very excited to share our 44th issue with all of you! Like our previous issue, this one is published exclusively online at least for the foreseeable future due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Many thanks to our amazingly talented contributors for sending us their creations! We hope that as we venture into an … More Writer’s Block #44