Writers on: Writer's Block

I recently had the chance to sit down with some big names in the writing world, and get their thoughts about writer's block, which I'd just recently posted about. (Okay, so I've never met them, and these quotes were found online. They're still great.)

Try a Different Approach

"Try drawing or painting a scene you're working on. Often this will help free up you imagination." – Kevin Henkes

Break It Down Into Smaller Pieces

“If writing a book is impossible, write a chapter. If writing a chapter is impossible, write a page. If writing a page is impossible, write a paragraph. If writing a paragraph is impossible, write a sentence. If writing a sentence is impossible, write a word and teach yourself everything there is to know about that word and then write another, connected word and see where the connection leads.” – Richard Rhodes

Write Through It

“Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel $#!* from a sitting position.” – Stephen King

Abandon Perfectionism

“Too many of us wait to do the perfect thing; with the result we do nothing.” – William Feather, publisher

“Don't get it right, get it written.” – James Thurber

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