Writers’ block: turning digital

writers' blockWith the rise of social media, workplace email and hand-held devices, it would appear that we are writing more frequently than ever before. Well, typing I suppose. But is this digitalised change in medium resulting in the rapid modification of our language that we have seen in the last few years? And what lies ahead?


I’m not suggesting that in twenty years’ time, we will worship a giant, all-seeing yet half-eaten apple in the sky whilst we quietly whisper old wives’ tales to each other about pens and paper. But what I am suggesting is that the way we write will be markedly different. We read/scroll through articles (at our convenience) about conventions of writing changing constantly – even the paragraph seems to be throwing in the towel and bowing out gracefully in an early retirement to live out the remainder of its days in murky, unused libraries and bookshops (of the un-downloadable variety).


But wait! We don’t need to let digitalisation Kindle(™) all of the appreciation we have for curling up with a tatty old book and losing ourselves in exciting, elegant and funny prose.


It’s so easy to forget that writing can change the world. Not just through meaningful letter-writing, demonstrated beautifully by Amnesty International, but also in personal moments of reflection, or as a source of strength and knowledge. Malala Yousafzai, a fighter for education and human rights, famously commented that, “one pen can change the world.” So with that in mind, here are some of BlueSky’s favourite quotes:




blue dot

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

Carl Sagan on this picture


Steph Mullins:


“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte




“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,

Or what's a heaven for?”

Andrea Del Sarto, Robert Browning


Steph K:


“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll




“You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, I told him, like you'll not only miss the people you love but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again.”

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi




“Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

The Cloths of Heaven, B. Yeats




“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Dr Seuss

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