Southern Dynasties of Jiang Yan, word Wen-tung, when he was young, became a Dingdingyouming writer, his poems and articles at the time received high acclaims. However, when he is getting older, he has not previously written an article good, but a lot of setbacks. His poems written in prosaic; and pick up a pen-yin grip for a long time, still can not write a word, the occasional inspiration came; poem written, but the textual Kuse, content, plain were completely useless. So some people to legend, once a boat parked in Chan Jiang Yan-Ling Monastery river and dream of a self-named Zhang Jingyang person; to his followers repay a silk, he would arrest a few feet from her, he is also silk. Thus, his article there will be no wonderful. It was also legend; once the rule of Jiang Yan in the booth sleeping too; dreamed that a person claiming to Guo Pu, walked over to his side, his claim to the pen, said to him: "Man Michie, I have a pen in your place has been a long time, and now should be able to give it to me the bar! "Jiang Yan heard, they dig out from his arms, he is also a five-color pen. Reportedly Since then, Jiang Yan on Evans exhausted and could not write the article in any good.
Jiang Yan's talent has not really run out, but he was an officer after the one hand, as the Chief busy, on the other hand also because of career proud of, without their own write, to sweat, they did not write the. Over time, the article will bring out less, lacking in talent. (Excerpt from "Practical Writing" 1995 No. 8 "I hope," Jiang "was not exactly")
南朝的江淹，字文通，他年轻的时候，就成为一个鼎鼎有名的文学家，他的诗和文章在当时获得极高的评价。 可是，当他年纪渐渐大了以后，他的文章不但没有以前写得好了，而且退步不少。他的诗写出来平淡无奇；而且提笔吟握好久，依旧写不出一个字来，偶尔灵感来了；诗写出来了，但文句枯涩，内容 平淡得一无可取。于是就有人传说，有一次江淹乘船停在禅灵寺的河边，梦见一 个自称叫张景阳的人；向他讨还一匹绸缎，他就从怀中拘出几尺绸缎还他。因此,他的文章以后便不精彩了。又有人传说；有一次江淹在冶亭中睡午觉；梦见一个自称郭璞 的人，走到他的身边，向他索笔，对他说：“文通兄，我有一支笔在你那儿已经很久了，现在应该可以还给我了吧!” 江淹听了，就顺手从怀里取出一支五色笔来还他。据说从此以后，江淹就文思枯竭，再也写不出什么好的文章了。