Posts tagged ‘writer’s block’

February 6, 2013

Quote of the Day: J.B. Priestly

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. If all feels hopeless, if that famous ‘inspiration’ will not come, write. If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not – and the odds are against it – go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper – write.

December 6, 2012

Quote of the Day: Terry Pratchett

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

November 19, 2012

Stuck? Try a Writing Prompt

Here are over 300 writing prompts to get you writing. They won’t all lead you to your next big idea, but they’ll get you writing, and that’s always the first step.

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May 7, 2012

Conquer Writer’s Block: Watch a Movie

A good friend over at Treasure LA shared this ridiculous article with me. In it, Kathy Benjamin offers up seven film examples of how to deal with writer’s block. (Warning: Don’t try these at home. Just watch the movies.) She writes:

I couldn’t come up with an idea for today’s article. Fortunately, screenwriters have proven time and time again that it is perfectly acceptable to use writer’s block as your subject if that is the thing that finally gets you writing. So we end up with an inordinate amount of movies whose main characters just want to finish their books or screenplays. Here are the lessons to take from seven of them.

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The Lost Weekend (1945)

Problem: Even before finishing his writing degree at Cornell, Don Birnam was convinced he was the next Hemingway. So he dropped out of school, like you do. Eventually he realizes that he is in fact not the next big thing and hello writer’s block.

Solution: Booze. Lots and lots of booze.

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January 5, 2012

Quote of the Day: Philip Pullman

I don’t believe in writers’ block.  Plumbers don’t get plumbers’ block.  Why should writing be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working.

November 30, 2011

Hitting a Wall in Your Writing: How to Break Through

This article out of Script Magazine by Pen Densham offers practical advice for getting past that wall standing between you and your next great scene:

Harnessing your creativity can be both deliciously mysterious and overwhelmingly frustrating. It often will NOT run on rails.

Whether you react to a blockage by cursing and kicking a hole in the landlord’s wall or retreating to a dark cupboard with a pint of Dreyer’s best frozen sugar bomb, remember …

Have faith that ideas are going to come to you.

I often run into an apparent dead-end. Especially if I am writing a new piece without all my elements and structure figured out. One technique I have learned is to commit the problem to my subconscious and move on to another area. Even quit and take a break altogether. The phrase “sleep on it” is more than just folk wisdom – it works!

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September 28, 2011

Quote of the Day: Amy Holden Jones

Usually when you have a block, It’s because you’ve lost the motor of the story.


September 2, 2011

Quote of the Day: Anonymous

Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.

August 2, 2011

Quote of the Day: Elmore Leonard

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I don’t know what that is. There are just certain little areas that I know I’m going to get through. It’s just a matter of finding a way.

June 29, 2011

Quote of the Day: Samuel Butler

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.