[Image: A four panel simple comic entitled “Four obstacles to writing”
Panel one (titled Pram in the Hall): Shows a seated figure at a table with a cup of coffee just staring. Behind them in a pram (baby carriage).
Panel two (titled Bees in the Room): Show the same seated figure at the same desk with the same cup of coffee surrounded by lots of little dots representing bees.
Panel three: (titled Nothing in the bank) shows the figure seated on a box in an empty space.
Panel four (titled Poltergeist in the house): Shows the figure seated with many random objects floating in the air above and behind them.]
The Top 10 Writers Block Quotes
1. 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
2. I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. ~Barbara Kingsolver
3. 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
4. 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
5. You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. ~John Rogers
6. There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write. ~Terry Pratchett
7. I haven’t had trouble with writer’s block. I think it’s because my process involves writing very badly. My first drafts are filled with lurching, clichéd writing, outright flailing around. Writing that doesn’t have a good voice or any voice. But then there will be good moments. It seems writer’s block is often a dislike of writing badly and waiting for writing better to happen. ~Jennifer Egan
8.Writer’s block doesn’t exist…lack of imagination does. ~Cyrese Covelli
9. Writer’s Block is just an excuse by people who don’t write for not writing. ~Giando Sigurani
10. 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
I gotta say, the Nothing in the Bank is a major sap of writing because unless you’re very prolific and/or successful, it demands that you get a job doing something that isn’t writing. And then that’s time when you’re not writing.
But can we stop and think about the ableism inherent in the notion that nothing else should stop a Real Writer Writing? The Warren Ellis quote especially is just vile on that count.
Guess I’m not a real writer, and neither is anyone else who gets the sort of major illness that leaves them unable to write for a while *shrug*
Thank you, thank you, thank you shwetanarayan! Thank you!
I just can’t agree more. It’s ableist as hell. I wanna throw some flaming bricks at some people’s faces.
Plus, what about writers who have to pause their careers due to taking care of children or an ill loved on or financial troubles that necessitate that they get two jobs that leave them drained of energy at the end of the day and unable to write for a long while.
Warren Ellis is kind of an asshole from what I’ve heard, so fuck him. Just fuck him. Because you know what, as someone who’s gone through a period where, no, I can’t just get up and write because my brain chemistry is fucked up and I have days where I’m doing REALLY GOOD if I get dressed, take care of my dog and cat, maybe do a household chore and don’t END MY OWN LIFE. Doesn’t make me not a writer anymore.
Also, note his use of the word “job”. In fact, note that these are all published authors who have found a rather impressive degree of success in their fields. It’s kind of easy to wax self-righteous about it when you have lots of fans and an agent and a publisher and enough money in the bank account that you don’t have to seek other forms of employment that drain your energy.
Phillip Pullman can bite me as well because because a) those jobs are completely different from being a writer and b) plumbers don’t have get lots of people to LIKE and PRAISE their work and say it’s beautiful and elegant and poignant and touches their emotional selves. It just has to do it’s function. It’s not to say the plumber doesn’t benefit when people find that functional work to be tidy, quick, and well priced. But they don’t have to feel lots of feelings about it. Writers have to get people to FEEL SHIT about their work. And doctors, well, don’t get me started. But a doctor doesn’t have to get, like, at least 10,000 people to say “this was the most touching, original prescription written in a decade” in order to get paid the next time they work. Writers do. and c) yes, those professions also do have times and situations where people get tripped up or find obstacles in their work of some kind. They suffer their sorts of profession-related fatigue. But they’re not like writers, so comparing them to writers is bullshit.
I just can’t even with this shit.
I’ll be over here with you, Shweta, in the Unreal Writer’s section. I’m not a Real Writer, either.
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