The secret of getting ahead is getting started— Mark Twain
Charming Writer's Block quotations
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
Writing is 90% procrastination. It is a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write.
Writer's block? I've never heard of a plumber complain about plumber's block.
Writer's block is real. It happens. Some days you sit down at the old typewriter, put your fingers on the keys, and nothing pops into your head. Blanko. Nada. El nothingissimo. What you do when this happens is what separates you from the one-of-thesedays- I'm-gonna-write-a-book crowd.
You don't start out writing good stuff.
You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
Writer’s block results from too much head.
Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.
The problem is acceptance, which is something we're taught not to do.
We're taught to improve uncomfortable situations, to change things, alleviate unpleasant feelings. But if you accept the reality that you have been given- that you are not in a productive creative period- you free yourself to begin filling up again.
There is no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough.
Very often we write down a sentence too early, then another too late;
what we have to do is write it down at the proper time, otherwise it's lost.
I tell my students there is such a thing as 'writer's block,' and they should respect it. You shouldn't write through it. It's blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven't got it right now.
I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block;
the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen-whether I'm working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book-it's usually because I'm trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place.
Fool," said my muse to me. "Look in thy heart and write.
I don't believe in writer's block. There are good days when you're writing and less good days. I've learned that if it's not happening to walk away and return later. I doodle a lot and often get my best ideas with a pencil in my hand while I'm doodling. The problem is, sometimes I lose my doodles and that's bad!
I don't believe in writer's block. Think about it - when you were blocked in college and had to write a paper, didn't it always manage to fix itself the night before the paper was due? Writer's block is having too much time on your hands.
I'm sitting in my office trying to squeeze a story from my head.
It is that kind of morning when you feel like melting the typewriter into a bar of steel and clubbing yourself to death with it. (“Advance Notice”)
Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials.
Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.
Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.
There is no such thing as writer's block.
There is only not enough information. If you can't write, learn something.
I really enjoy English and poetry and writing classes.
You do get writer's block when you're writing music, and having inspiration from other great writers is great. You have to look for inspiration because sometimes music isn't the only thing that you can look at.
Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.
I did that for 40 years or more. I never had any writer's block. I got up in the morning, sat down at the typewriter - now, computer - lit up a cigarette.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
When I'm writing, I write. And then it's as if the muse is convinced that I'm serious and says, 'Okay. Okay. I'll come.'
If you think of something, do it. Plenty of people often think, “I’d like to do this, or that.
There's no such thing as writer's block.
That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality, the way they look, etc. So there is no possible way that I could have writer's block.
I don't believe in writer's block, writing well is very easy;
it's writing horribly, the horrible work necessary to do to get to writing well, that is so difficult one may just not be willing to do it.
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely.
In the end, I am quite normal. I don't have odd habits. I don't dramatize. Above all, I do not romanticize the act of writing. I don't talk about the anguish I suffer in creating. I do not have a fear of the blank page, writer's block, all those things that we hear about writers.
I've only suffered writer's block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn't measure up, but I got through it!
writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
Nothing's a better cure for writer's block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.