Blogging Insights — Non-writing Writers

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from German-language writer of visionary fiction, Franz Kafka.

“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

Like most Kafka quotes and much of what he wrote, I found this quote to be rather “Kafkaesque,” meaning odd, peculiar, strange, surreal, unusual, and weird.

What does he mean by a “non-writing writer”? Is that someone who is not a writer but who attempts to write? Or is he talking about someone who is a writer but is not, for whatever reason, writing?

In either case, I am unclear why a non-writing writer should be considered to be a monster, or why not writing would be “courting insanity.”

I like to write, although I don’t think of myself as a “writer.” I enjoy blogging, but if, for whatever reason, I stopped blogging, I don’t believe that would turn me some kind of monster and don’t think that not writing/blogging would bring on any degree of insanity. I would miss it, yes, but I am pretty sure I’d remain sane.

Maybe I’m taking Kafka’s quote too literally, but I guess I would sum up my opinion about this particular quote in one word, which would be “huh?”


“I love your beret,” Sarah said to her best friend, Liz.”

Needless to say, I picked it up at that boutique you suggested in town,” Liz said. “I was window shopping, saw it there, and realized that I must have it. I walked in, pointed to the beret, and emphatically commanded the sales clerk to sell it to me.”

“Well, it really looks good on you,” Sarah said.

“I would hope so,” Liz said. “It cost more than I wanted to spend, but despite every effort to resist, I couldn’t help myself.”

“As the old saying goes,” Sarah said, “another day another dollar.”

“Huh?” Liz said, giving her friend a quizzical look.”

Written for the following daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (needless), My Vivid Blog (beret/window), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (boutique/suggest), Your Daily Word Prompt emphatic), The Daily Spur (effort), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (another day).