Quotes About Writers Block

Quotes tagged as "writers-block" (showing 1-30 of 68)
Kurt Vonnegut
“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”
Kurt Vonnegut

Lili St. Crow
“Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.”
Lili St. Crow

Hilary Mantel
“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient."

[The Guardian, 25 February 2010]”
Hilary Mantel

Charles Bukowski
“writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all”
Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems

David Lindsay-Abaire
“Meggie Folchart: Having writer's block? Maybe I can help.
Fenoglio: Oh yes, that's right. You want to be a writer, don't you?
Meggie Folchart: You say that as if it's a bad thing.
Fenoglio: Oh no, it's just a lonely thing. Sometimes the world you create on the page seems more friendly and alive than the world you actually live in.”
David Lindsay-Abaire

H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Thomas Bernhard
“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.”
Thomas Bernhard, Concrete

Philip Sidney
“Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
"Fool!" said my muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.”
Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella

Strider Marcus Jones
“When words don't come easy, I make do with silence and find something in nothing." ~ Strider Marcus Jones, Poet”
Strider Marcus Jones

Jaclyn Moriarty
“When she got back from taking Cassie to school Fancy knew that she ought to be working on her wilderness romance. She had promised thirty thousand words to her editor by tomorrow, and she had only written eleven. Specifically:
His rhinoceros smelled like a poppadom: sweaty, salty, strange and strong.
Her editor would cut that line.”
Jaclyn Moriarty, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
“The music lets me see the story but the story doesn't let me write the words.”
Elizabeth J. Kolodziej

Erica Jong
“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you'll never write a line. That's why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.”
Erica Jong, The New Writer's Handbook 2007: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career

Albert Sánchez Piñol
“Yes, I felt very small. The typewriter seemed larger than a piano, I was less than a molecule. What could I do? I drank more.
-pg 237”
Albert Sánchez Piñol, Pandora in the Congo

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Writing is talking, except you get the chance to edit what you just said”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“A normal reader reads to enjoy, a writer is in training”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“People are afraid to write books because they fear people will read them and find them worthless. Write as if nobody is going to read and throw your work into the public dustbin. Somebody may find it and consider it treasure”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“There are many advices on writing. The best I know is stop reading them and start writing”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Writing is a competition between the writer and the page. When the page wins, you fail as a writer.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“A book writes itself. You are just the hand that puts everything on paper.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Writing is exposing yourself to strangers”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I am sorry, I am not a writer. I simply put my thoughts on paper. Those helped by them call them a book and me a writer. Those who are not helped call it rubbish and me a fool. Both have reason.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

“Breaking through writer's block is like thinking out of the box: Both require an ability to imagine a world outside your four walls or rearranging them to get a better view.”
Susan J. McIntire

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“One day I will write a book. An epitaph”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Two things are difficult about writing a novel. Starting and finishing”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Whenever I encounter writer’s block, I stop writing … with my hands; and I then start writing with my legs.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“When I write, I don't think about the reader. I hate bosses”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Every book has its ancestors”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Johnny Rich
“To be motivated to write a novel, I need to be unable not to write.”
Johnny Rich

Ana Claudia Antunes
“To unlock the writer's block is to keep writing until you can unknot the "not". If you cannot, then put a can in the plot and unwrap it a lot!”
Ana Claudia Antunes, How to Make a Book

Gina McKnight
“Writing is like riding a bike. Once you gain momentum, the hills are easier. Editing, however, requires a motor and some horsepower.”
Gina McKnight, The Blackberry Patch

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