All The Great Writers are Dead

And all the best women are married
All the handsome men are gay – Robbie Williams, Supreme

All the great writers are dead. What was to be said, was said. What was to be written, was written over and over again. There are no new stories, nothing to innovate, nothing new to bring to the table. There’s nothing left to be imagined into existence.

There are simply no more words in any language of the world to create something new.

That’s it.

We might as well give up and get normal jobs.

The are no more blocks to add to the great pyramid of literature. The titans have finished building it. Future generations can be fed solely by what the Russian wrote during the 19th century. Or by what all the Great American Novels written during the 20th century.

Latin American writers of the eighties are enough food for the soul that you don’t need to ever read any other kind of literature.

But is it like that? Have we lost our meaning because we elevated the departed to the status of gods?

There’s nothing new to write about, yet we still try. We try and try and try because we never know what we might find.

And this has always been the destiny of men.

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8 thoughts on “All The Great Writers are Dead

  1. Most hold the great writers of the past up to some high stature, much like artists do with the italian grand masters. But here’s the thing, most writers and artists of the past where only held up to high standards because they faced no competition. For instance, if Shakespeare was around now would he really be as innovative as most claim? Doubt it.

    The inspirational writers are dead, not necessarily the great. Adding to this every writers internal struggle of demons telling us we’re never good enough, our worst critics, and we will always look to the past for new ideas and general meaning. There’s plenty of stories to be told, there’s much to life. A common mistake we as writers make – guilty – is looking to our inspirations for further ideas. Live to write, write to live.

  2. I feel that way about novels generally. So many books are inspired by other books. Writers like Jules Verne and HG Wells were so lucky in that none came before them. For me creative nonfiction, particularly the memoir, is still able to surprise because the form takes its inspiration from life which is unpredictable by nature

  3. Your post reminded me of a Bible verse:
    “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV) 🙂

  4. Nice post but I don’t completely agree with it. This universe is a huge place and our imagination is also very great, there are numerous opportunities. There is a lot of content hidden in the tiny head of ours. Just like there was no Hogwarts before Harry Potter and J.K Rowling, similarly there are and will be there many things man doesn’t know about, yet.
    And Harry Potter is just one example.
    Just my opinion, otherwise great work.

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