Writer’s Block – #31DBBBDay7

Writer's BlockDoes Writer’s Block Exist?

If there’s no such thing as writer’s block, then why do so many published authors admit to facing it in their own writing life? Why would there be such an article as Famous Writers on Overcoming Writer’s Block?

Writing from my heart comes as naturally to me as breathing. But it’s been like pulling teeth in the past few years. Tragedies happened, and I didn’t bounce back as easily as when I was younger. Walls appeared that never were there before. I was emotionally drained and too tired to work at it.

I could beat myself up with declarations from such highly respected authors as Pierre Berton and Jerry B. Jenkins, that writer’s block does not exist — that all that’s needed is a swift kick in the butt, a firm application of butt to chair, and “just write!” That may work for some, but it doesn’t work for me. It only adds to my misery and guilt. I’ve chosen instead, to find out HOW to overcome a very real obstacle with healthy, positive actions.


Overcoming Writer’s Block

Should You Surrender to Writer’s Block?
Suzanna Henson, from Children’s Book Insider, answers the question. Her answer may surprise you.

Beyond the Blank Page — Overcoming Writer’s Block
A refreshing read!

On Writer’s Block: Help for Writers Who Need it.
Carolyn Wilker is a published author, freelance editor, and creative writing instructor.

7 Ways to Manage Stress Through Expressive Writing

“It has been proven that writing relieves stress.” — Clair De Boer

For years, I considered my journal my “best friend”, because writing always helped me to sort through difficult emotions and stress. But in the past few years, I seem to have gone beyond that, to where stress has immobilized me to the point were it kept me from writing.

That’s why I like the article by Clair De Boer. She goes deeper into the reasons why writing is blocked.

How to Overcome Writer’s Block: 14 Tricks That Work
Jeff Goins, one of my favourite authors, discusses the reality of writer’s block, common causes, and some solutions, in his blog post.

“It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose has turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you want to throw in the towel.

Writer’s block. Every writer struggles with it. But what you do with it is what really matters.” — Jeff Goins

Teresa Funke, expert guide at-large at Children’s Book Insider, is also a successful publihed author. In this video, she discusses seven types of writer’s block and how to overcome them.


Great Quotes from Famous Authors on How They Overcome Writer’s Block

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou

“Suggestions? Put it aside for a few days, or longer, do other things, try not to think about it. Then sit down and read it (printouts are best I find, but that’s just me) as if you’ve never seen it before. Start at the beginning. Scribble on the manuscript as you go if you see anything you want to change. And often, when you get to the end you’ll be both enthusiastic about it and know what the next few words are. And you do it all one word at a time.” — Neil Gaiman

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” — Hilary Mantel

“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

“Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day? — Philip Pullman

I like all of those quotes, but I think I like Philip Pullman’s quote best. He takes the sting and the dread out of the thought of writer’s block, and puts a whole new spin on it by making it ordinary, non-threatening, and easily overcome.

Do you struggle with writer’s block? What are some of the things you do to overcome it?

© Willena Flewelling


  1. This is post is so helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Terrific information and inspiration Willena! Last year I compiled a book of quotations and life lessons from authors – from the famous traditional to self-published independents. It will likely come as no surprise that there are are as many authors who passionately insist there is no such thing as writer’s block as there are who swear it’s very real. I can only go by my own experience and for me it’s about consistency.

    When I treat my writing as a daily ritual I never have a problem. It’s only when I get sidetracked and working on other things and miss a day or two or three writing that I hit a wall. Even then, I know that what will get me through it is to simply park my rear in the chair – knowing that until I get back on track what comes out will likely be junk.
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    • Thanks, Marty! I spend enough time in front of the computer to write a book a month. It’s my HEAD I have to apply to the task! NaNoWriMo is coming up fast (Nov. 1), and that means a whole month of writing an average of 1600+ words a day. This time I’ll work on consistency — a particular time — and stick with it after the month is up.
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  3. Oh yes I get writers block, I have it with my book- I keep putting it on the back burner- thanks for the tips and welcome to WOF blogging weekend
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  4. That’s a great collection of advice. I’m going to share it with my creatives. A lot of them write, and I think it would be very useful for them.
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  5. This is a great post!
    So much information and great links.
    I love to write; its having something concrete to focus on that I get lost in.
    Thanks Dawn

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