Nothing's a better cure for writer's block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton. – Don Roff
I don’t think that writer’s block exists really. I think that when you’re trying to do something prematurely, it just won’t come. Certain subjects just need time. . . . You’ve got to wait before you write about them. – Joyce Carol Oates
All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it? – Philip Pullman
There’s no such thing as writer’s block.
That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
Writer’s block is an excuse to goof off, be lazy, and procrastinate. Professionals don’t tolerate so-called writer’s block. If you are well enough to sit up and take nourishment, you can write. If you can’t do this, find an easier craft — such as chess grandmaster, rocket scientist, or neurosurgeon. – Peter A. Schaible
Blocks usually stem from fear of being judged. If you imagine the world is listening, you'll never write a line. – Erica Jong
Start by asking if this is writer’s laziness as opposed to writer’s block. – James Scott Bell
A little writer's block can be a good thing. Your inner-literary critic's way of gently letting you know you're really stinking up the joint. You're off track. Lost in the weeds. Need to go back and rethink things. Sometimes it's simply a matter of temporarily writing yourself out. Yesterday's slow 'n' steady 3 hour, 600 word quota turned into a 5 hour, 2,000 word marathon. The tank's suddenly dry. Take a breather. Let your subconscious work its magic. The words will come. – Quentin R. Bufogle
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. What there is though, is a reluctance to write poorly. I think sometimes you just have to turn on the valve and clear the crap out of the pipes before you can get the good stuff. – Sean Turner
Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. – Ernest Hemingway
Contrary to popular wisdom, being “blocked” is not about running out of things to say. Instead, it’s succumbing to the unrealistic expectation that your work must Be Great Now. It’s a decision to remain silent rather than speak and maybe stumble. It’s the determination to avoid failure, which is a great way to ensure that the humbling work of getting better will never begin. – Joe Fassler
I do not believe in it [writer’s block]. My job is to write, not to like what I’m writing. That’s why we edit, and nobody gets editor’s block. – Jason Isbell
I believe that the so-called ‘writing block’ is a product of some kind of disproportion between your standards and your performance. One should lower his standards until there is no felt threshold to go over in writing. It’s easy to write. You just shouldn’t have standards that inhibit you from writing. – William Stafford
As a writer, blocked (for me) means there is something that
went wrong in my process and it's time to backtrack
(which is often part of the process itself anyway).
There's no such thing as writer's block for me. I consider this an indulgence. That's because writing is my job. It pays the bills. I just get on with it. I'm motivated by deadlines, cashflow, supporting my family and my company. – Linda Aitchison
When a person says that they are suffering from ‘writer’s block,’ what they often mean is that they have some ideas, but they think all of those ideas are unoriginal or unworthy.– Devon Price
When you experience writers block, just bark, meow or make a funny sound to get your whole body functioning again ... works all the time... – Emmanuel Adams
The best copywriters are the most tenacious researchers. Like miners, they dig, drill, dynamite, and chip until they have carloads of valuable ore. John Caples advised me once to gather seven times more interesting information than I could possibly use... Research is the infallible cure for writer's block. – Gary Bencivenga
Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol. - Steve Martin
If you get writer’s block, consider whether it’s because you’re not being honest enough. You might be blocked because what you really need to write, you’re unwilling to let it out yet. – Neil Gaiman
It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s the fear of not writing well; something quite different. – Scott Berkun
You can’t think yourself out of a writing block;
you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.
Writer’s block doesn’t exist…lack of imagination does. – Cyrese Covelli
Writer's block: That moment when you freeze on the bridge between expectation and reality. – Joyce Rachelle
Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at
all. – Charles Bukowski
Never use writer’s block as an excuse. The only way to do it
is to do it. When you’re stuck, the only way through it is through it. Just
keep going. Put words on the page, worry about them later. Stop overthinking it
and write. – James Dowd
A little writer's block can be a good thing. Your
inner-literary critic's way of gently letting you know you're really stinking
up the joint. You're off track. Lost in the weeds. Need to go back and rethink
things. – Quentin R. Bufogle
There is indeed one person who can help solve “writer’s
block”. His name is Mr Johnnie Walker. – Ashwin Sanghi
doesn't help at all, so I am open to suggestions.
Writer’s block is akin to a “vacancy” sign; if you wait long enough they will eventually fill. – Nanette L. Avery
There is no such thing as writer’s block. There is only procrastination and fear and perfectionism and pure laziness. – Travis Thrasher
The subconscious mind is amazingly efficient – it wants to
work your story out – and while I’ve never experienced it myself, my guess is
that writer’s block is the result of the conscious mind having gotten too
involved in the process. – Alistair Cross
Writer's block is just a fancy way of saying “I don't feel
like doing any work today.” – Meagan Spooner
When you're at odds with yourself, it's hard to create.
Sometimes the writing process is as easy as opening up the window and letting
in the breeze. And sometimes it's like chiseling away at a block of granite
with a pencil. – Anthony Kiedis,
Some days constipated thoughts clog the day. – Richard L.
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
the wrong thing or doing the right thing badly.
I don't believe in writer's block. Writer's block is when
you're running down an ally and all of a sudden you're trapped by a brick wall.
You can't go under, over, or through it. You're stuck. But the problem isn't
that you can't pass the brick wall. You see, the problem is that you went down
the wrong ally. – Barry Lyga
Writing isn't difficult. Writing well is difficult. What is
most difficult is being with the interior experience that manifests as
resistance to writing. – H. Raven Rose
Professional writers don't have muses; they have mortgages. –
No one ever says ‘Wow I just can’t talk today!’ (unless you’ve lost your voice or your vocal chords have been removed) so, you CAN ALWAYS talk — which means you can ALWAYS write! – Joel Saltzman
Writer’s block, how to overcome it: write something substantial every morning, and while doing so forget entirely the impression you’re creating. That is, overcome ego. – Paul Fussell
Writer’s block simply means the structure for an idea is broken. If you give ideas a robust structure, then writer’s block vanishes forever. – Thomas Clifford
Writer’s block? I’ve heard of this. This is when a writer cannot write, yes? Then that person isn’t a writer anymore. I’m sorry, but the job is getting up in the fucking morning and writing for a living. – Warren Ellis
When you hit a wall, when you’re feeling blocked, step away from the computer. Take a run. Rub the dog’s belly. Read 50 pages of a novel. Watch a stupid situation comedy. Let your brain relax. Let it reboot. No one ever got anywhere by banging on the backspace key for hours on end. – Frank Bruni
Prescription for writer’s block: Fear of Poverty. – Peter Mayle
For more on this subject, check out:
👉Copywriter Writer's Block* - a piece I wrote for “Change My Mind”
(currently available at no charge).
*This eBook, described as “an opinionated book on how narratives and content shape the way we see things” also includes work from GeorgeTannenbaum, NickPrinsloo, EsmeraldaAvellaneda, DustinDooling, SantanuSengupta, WadeSkalsky, MarDomínguez Seda, GenaGephart, and RobMaiale.