Writer S Block Quotes

Quotes tagged as "writer-s-block" (showing 1-30 of 94)
Charles Bukowski
“Writing is something that you don't know how to do. You sit down and it's something that happens, or it may not happen. So, how can you teach anybody how to write? It's beyond me, because you yourself don't even know if you're going to be able to. I'm always worried, well, you know, every time I go upstairs with my wine bottle. Sometimes I'll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don't go up there to write. The typewriter's up there. If it doesn't start moving, I say, well this could be the night that I hit the dust.”
Charles Bukowski

Terry Pratchett
“There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.”
Terry Pratchett

Anne Lamott
“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.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Roman Payne
“People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.”
Roman Payne, Crepuscule

Lydia Davis
“If you think of something, do it.

Plenty of people often think, “I’d like to do this, or that.”
Lydia Davis

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

Jacques Barzun
“Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes.”
Jacques Barzun

Anne Lamott
“If your wife locks you out of the house, you don't have a problem with your door.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Lydia Davis
“Art is not in some far-off place.”
Lydia Davis, The Collected Stories

François Mauriac
“I write whenever it suits me. During a creative period I write every day; a novel should not be interrupted.”
François Mauriac

Richard Matheson
“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”)”
Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1

Dylan Thomas
“On No Work of Words

On no work of words now for three lean months in the bloody
Belly of the rich year and the big purse of my body
I bitterly take to task my poverty and craft:

To take to give is all, return what is hungrily given
Puffing the pounds of manna up through the dew to heaven,
The lovely gift of the gab bangs back on a blind shaft.

To lift to leave from the treasures of man is pleasing death
That will rake at last all currencies of the marked breath
And count the taken, forsaken mysteries in a bad dark.

To surrender now is to pay the expensive ogre twice.
Ancient woods of my blood, dash down to the nut of the seas
If I take to burn or return this world which is each man's work.”
Dylan Thomas, Collected Poems

Meagan Spooner
“Writer's block' is just a fancy way of saying 'I don't feel like doing any work today.”
Meagan Spooner

Julie Ann Dawson
“I've always said "Writer's Block" is a myth. There is no such thing as writer's block, only writers trying to force something that isn't ready yet. Sometimes I don't write for weeks. And then all of the sudden I'll get a rush of inspiration and you can't drag me away from my notebook. But I don't stress out if I don't hit some arbitrary word count each day or if I go a few days without writing something.”
Julie Ann Dawson

Stephen King
“I gradually realized that I was seeing another example of creative ebb, another step by another art on the road that may indeed end in extinction.”
Stephen King

Jennifer Egan
“I haven’t had writer’s block. I think it’s because my process involves writing very badly.”
Jennifer Egan

Richard Matheson
“Maybe I can do some writing then. The phrase made him sick. It had no meaning anymore. Like a word that is repeated until it becomes gibberish that sentence, for him, had been used to extinction. It sounded silly; like some bit of cliché from a soap opera. Hero saying in dramatic tones – Now, by God, maybe I can do some writing. Senseless. For a moment, though, he wondered if it was true. Now that she was leaving could he forget about her and really get some work done? Quit his job? Go somewhere and hold up in a cheap furnished room and write? You have $123.89 in the bank, his mind informed him. He pretended it was the only thing that kept him from it. But, far back in his mind, he wondered if he could write anything. Often the question threw itself at him when he was least expecting it. You have four hours every morning, the statement would rise like a menacing wraith. You have time to write many thousands of words. Why don't you? And the answer was always lost in a tangle of becauses and wells and endless reasons that he clung to like a drowning man at straws.(“Mad House”)”
Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1

“She's thinking that what she's been doing all these years isn't what she wants to do anymore. Sometimes music flows to her and from her, but sometimes it doesn't. Lately that happens more and more, and she can't seem to find what she had and what made her special. But she can't tell her father because he'd be so disappointed in her, so disappointed to find out she's not extraordinary after all.”
Leila Cobo, Tell Me Something True

Richard Matheson
“Then he went into the dining room, consulting his watch. It was ten thirty already. More than half the morning was gone. More than half the time for sitting and trying to write the prose that would make people sit up and gasp. It happened that way more often now than he would even admit to himself. Sleeping late, making up errands, doing anything to forestall the terrible moment when he must sit down before his typewriter and try to wrench some harvest from the growing desert of his mind. (“Mad House”)”
Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1

Carolyn Shields
“When the ink runs dry, you're most likely writing at the wrong angle.”
Carolyn Shields

Jazz Feylynn
“Tongue and hand tied, I was equally cut off and trapped in my own silent dark tomb.”
Jazz Feylynn

Jazz Feylynn
“Every bloody mark had assassinated my writing along the way.”
Jazz Feylynn

Jazz Feylynn
“This assignment could damn well project all the words across my face and the ink stain my hands a gory mess before I finished it.”
Jazz Feylynn

Jazz Feylynn
“I assumed this yoke would encase me as well as any another hobble. Only this one bound the mind.”
Jazz Feylynn

Jazz Feylynn
“His eyes never blinked or wavered from mine, encompassing me in a field of control.”
Jazz Feylynn

Jazz Feylynn
“I knew all too well the damage of scarlet ink smeared across page-after-page ...”
Jazz Feylynn

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“I felt that blank incapability of invention which is the greatest misery of authorship, when dull Nothing replies to our anxious invocations. "Have you thought of a story?" I was asked every morning, and each morning I was forced to reply with a mortifying negative”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

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