writer’s block

 

 

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

“So, with all this down time, you writing?”

“No.” Fuck you, no fuck me. I’m not writing. I’m feeling sorry for myself, I’m licking my wounds, everything needs fixing, I dumped my muse. 

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

“You writing?”

“Yeah. I told you about my big project, right? A little stall but I’ve got a good idea for the next piece.” Wrong. It’s too hard, I’ve been smoking too much weed, I’m no good, I’m not really a writer.

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

“… And I’m writing … Yeah. When you get back, I want you to read a few things.” Write, send to reader, breathlessly wait for comments, unhappy with comments, stop writing. WTF?

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

“So maybe I should forget about fiction and look to memoir or essay, cause memoir is what my fiction is anyway, roman a clef, right? I can’t even pronounce it. And you know how I love to blog about random shit so essay comes easy, and humor too, I can write humor.” Fuck.

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. -Jeffery Deaver