Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chopping the Block


People have writer's block not because they can't write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.

~ Anna Quindlen

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.

~ Margaret Atwood

Have you ever stubbed your toe on a block of the writerly kind?

Well, take heart for you are not alone.

Here’s a list of famous cures that may help you ease the pain…

·         Michael Crichton used paper of different colors to fill his typewriter.

·         T.S. Eliot forced himself to write… in French. 

·         Irving Stone weeded his garden. 

·         John Cheever roamed the aisles of discount stores looking for inspiration (and great bargains, I’m sure). 

·         Kurt Vonnegut went for a swim. 

·         Agatha Christie ate apples in the bathtub. 

·         E.B. White made weekly and monthly deadlines. 

·         Gail Godwin wrote in purple ink – on the back of credit card statements. 

·         And wicked Stephen King says he simply throws a big new problem at his poor unsuspecting characters… Nice.

Of course, there’s another method that’s way outside the box… er… block. 

That is, you could choose NOT to believe in it at all…

Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.

~ Steve Martin


Who’s afraid of the big, bad block?


PROMPT: What’s your writer’s block chopper?

Don’t have one? Then check out The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes.

And all you nonbelievers who don’t need one – Write ON!


  1. I just write everyday whether I feel like it or not. ^_^

    1. Same here. It's funny how much you can actually start to "feel like it" once you get rolling.