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Writer's Block

Writer's Block



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Published by Phantomimic
Quotes from writer's on writing and writer's block
Quotes from writer's on writing and writer's block

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Published by: Phantomimic on Apr 28, 2011
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Writer's Block 
 by Phantomimic
Ever suffer from writer's block? If you have then you are in verydistinguished company. Notable writers like Ernest Hemingway, VirginiaWoolf, Leo Tolstoy, Katherine Mansfield, and Joseph Conrad went through bouts of lack of creativity. For others it was a more permanent thing. After writing "Moby Dick", Herman Melville was never able to write anythingworthwhile again. Harper Lee of "To Kill a Mocking Bird" fame, decadesafter the book, has yet to produce her second novel. Finally there are thosethat went into a tailspin that led them to an early grave like Francis Scott(The Great Gatsby) Fitzgerald.What is it about writing that can be so hard at times? Here are some quotesfrom some of our own brethren.If I'm trying to sleep, the ideas won't stop. If I'm trying to write, thereappears a barren nothingness. - Carrie LatetWriters are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves.Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. -E.L. DoctorowWriting is considered a profession, and I don't think it is a profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can dosomething else, ought to do something else. Writing is not a profession but avocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy. - GeorgesSimenonWriting is so hard. It’s the only time in your life when you have to think. -Elizabeth Hardwick Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision andits ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have
the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appearson the paper. - Isaac Bashevis Singer There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open avein. - Walter Wellesley SmithThe anxiety involved is intolerable. And the financial rewards just don’tmake up for the expenditure of energy, the damage to health caused bystimulants and narcotics, the fear that one’s work isn’t good enough. I think,if I had enough money, I’d give up writing tomorrow. - Anthony BurgessWriting is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. - FranzKafkaAll writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motiveslies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long boutof some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one werenot driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. -George OrwellYou must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. - RayBradburyIt would seem that writing is a long and difficult uphill trek that even somewriters wish they could avoid. By the way, that last quote from Bradbury isinteresting. Does drinking somehow lessen the "pain" of writing? There is along list of writers who were also alcoholics. For example:Dorothy Parker Dylan ThomasEdgar Allen PoeErnest HemingwayHenry BukowskiJack KerouacJames Joyce

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nice one to go through :)
Janet Ference added this note
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this. I often thnik writing is like prayer (not in subject matter), but in that it asks a stillness of us that is often out of reach. I have no idea how to cure this painful condition. It seems it somehow lifts its oppression in its own time. Anyway, I'm grateful for this piece, sharing the pain. Marvelously observed, complied, and written.
7BILLIONHUMANBEING added this note
great read makes you think thanks father mike
Steve U added this note
Wonderful collection and well-done stitching it together. This one really struck me: "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." - Walter Wellesley Smith
Phantomimic added this note
Block in your head?
Helen Winslow Black added this note
These are all terrific quotes...favorites: Twain's and Thurber's...my problem was never writer's block (I must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle) but FINDING THE TIME to write it all down because for like almost two decades I was either pregnant, post-partum, nursing, or toilet-training. But I don't have any more excuses now! Thanks for the collection Phanto :)
LauraNovak added this note
This is a great compilation about writers and their trade. Thank you for reminding me that we "masochists" are in great company! And everyone, check out Phanto's great new website. I love it!!
JM Murray added this note
I don't get writer's block, but this is a great list. Thanks for sharing. It helps me put myself in their shoes.

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