Smash Writer's Block With These Quotes From Famous Authors

Getting stuck as a writer is something we have to deal with. So take a break from your story, article or poem and get inspired with quotes from some famous writers.

1. "Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go." - E.L. Doctorow

We often write for a result. Sometimes I find myself writing to get things done, instead of learning what it's like to finish something. If you're on deadline, by all means adhere to that, but never ignore the process.

2. "The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary." - J.K. Rowling

This is a purely mechanical quote, but when you do get stuck it's best to read others' work. I've read Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at least 10 times, because every time I do so it inspires me to get back to my own work. Find a piece of writing that really gets your mind moving, and read styles different from yours too.

3. "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."-Ernest Hemingway

Ah yes, the very Hemingway-ian statement of suffering for your work. I actually agree with this. If you don't sacrifice something or have a strong emotional attachment to your work, it probably won't be good. At least with more creative work. We must be willing to risk, and that will make our work easier.

4. "All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath."- F. Scott Fitzgerald

This goes right along with Hemingway's statement. High risk writing, personal writing, vulnerable writing yields great reward.

5."It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly."- C.J. Cherryh (Cyteen)

The drafts you don't show to anyone are the ones that we get our best ideas from. We must fine tune and create edits that work with our style and enhance our pieces before showing them to the world.

6. "Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer." - Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

When we get stuck, or have to trash a story we can get discouraged. If we return to the keys, pen, typewriter whatever, we haven't failed yet. This is something I have to take into consideration when a piece of writing is harshly criticized, it's not a failure, just a work in progress.

7."Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good."– William Faulkner

These great writers take risks man! So write something disgusting, sad, lovesick or depraved.

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9. "All the information you need can be given in dialogue."– Elmore Leonard

Another mechanical note (I don't care much for mechanics, obviously), but if you're stuck in a short story you can always use dialogue to reveal information rather than in over-analytical paragraphs of narration.

10. “As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing', I will be a writer.”-Hunter S. Thompson

This is your passion, or hobby, or just some way to get the stuff out of your mind. Whatever you choose to call yourself, you are a writer! So own it!

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