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What’s your favorite writer’s block quote? Read the quotes below to stay inspired and get rid of writer’s block. And, click here to read my article about How to Stop Writer’s Block. It reveals my definition of writer’s block and my 35 best strategies regarding how to get over writer’s block. But, first, scroll below to see my favorite writer’s block quotes and post your favorite in the comments section!

The Best Writer’s Block Quotes – 41 Quotes About Writer’s Block


Writer’s Block Quote #1

“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.”

― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Writer’s Block Quote #2

“A hammer made of deadlines is the surest tool for crushing writer’s block.”

― Ryan Lilly

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Writer’s Block Quote #3

“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

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Writer’s Block Quote #4

“Professional writers don’t have muses; they have mortgages.”

― Larry Kahaner

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Writer’s Block Quote #5

“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all”

― Charles Bukowski

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Writer’s Block Quote #6

“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

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Writer’s Block Quote #7

“Very often we write down a sentence too early, then another too late; what we have to do is write it down at the proper time, otherwise it’s lost.”

― Thomas Bernhard

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Writer’s Block Quote #8

“When words don’t come easy, I make do with silence and find something in nothing.”

― Strider Marcus Jones

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Writer’s Block Quote #9

“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.”

― Erica Jong

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Writer’s Block Quote #10

“If you surrender to your imagination, the story will write itself.”

― T.N. Suarez

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Writer’s Block Quote #11

“Writers block occurs when a writer has nothing to say. Unfortunately not all writers experience it.”

― Ron Brackin

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Writer’s Block Quote #12

“They told me I’ve got writer’s cramp. So is that better than the block?”

― Joyce Rachelle

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Writer’s Block Quote #13

“Writing is a sickness only cured by writing.”

― Niall Williams

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Writer’s Block Quote #14

 “Considering I’m a writer, you leave me strangely bereft of words.”

― Kelly Moran

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Writer’s Block Quote #15

“I don’t believe in writers’ block. Do doctors have ‘doctors block?’ Do plumbers have ‘plumbers’ block?” No. We all have days when we don’t feel like working, but why do writers turn that into something so damn special by giving it a faintly romantic name.”

― Larry Kahaner

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Writer’s Block Quote #16

“The best cure for cranial constipation is emotional fiber. Feel ‘something’, anything. Pain, anger, joy; if your heart goes eerily cold or leaps erratically from your chest, your synaptic bowels will soon find release.”

― Muse

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Writer’s Block Quote #17

“In my younger days dodging the draft, I somehow wound up in the Marine Corps. There’s a myth that Marine training turns baby-faced recruits into bloodthirsty killers. Trust me, the Marine Corps is not that efficient. What it does teach, however, is a lot more useful. The Marine Corps teaches you how to be miserable. This is invaluable for an artist. Marines love to be miserable. Marines derive a perverse satisfaction in having colder chow, crappier equipment, and higher casualty rates than any outfit of dogfaces, swab jockeys, or flyboys, all of whom they despise. Why? Because these candy-asses don’t know how to be miserable. The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation. The artist must be like that Marine. He has to know how to be miserable. He has to love being miserable. He has to take pride in being more miserable than any soldier or swabbie or jet jockey. Because this is war, baby. And war is hell.”

― Steven Pressfield

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Writer’s Block Quote #18

“Failing to writer everyday doesn’t mean that you’ve given up, though a chapter a day – keeps writers block away!”

― David Batterson

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Writer’s Block Quote #19

“Breaking through writer’s block is like thinking out of the box: Both require an ability to imagine a world outside your four walls or rearranging them to get a better view.”

― Susan J. McIntire

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Writer’s Block Quote #20

“Confront the page that taunts you with its whiteness. Face your enemy and fill it with words. You are bigger and stronger than a piece of paper.”

― Fennel Hudson

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Writer’s Block Quote #21

“There is always, always, always something to write about.”

― Rob Bignell

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Writer’s Block Quote #22

“Writing is like riding a bike. Once you gain momentum, the hills are easier. Editing, however, requires a motor and some horsepower.”

― Gina McKnight

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Writer’s Block Quote #23

“To unlock the writer’s block is to keep writing until you can unknot the “not”. If you cannot, then put a can in the plot and unwrap it a lot!”

― Ana Claudia Antunes

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Writer’s Block Quote #24

“You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous. Because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in… it’s actually kind of tragic because you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is. And there were a couple of years where I really struggled with that.”

― David Foster Wallace

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Writer’s Block Quote #25

“Putting pen to paper without first deciding the route and pace at which to scribe is like setting off on a bicycle without first checking the tyres.”

― Fennel Hudson

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Writer’s Block Quote #26

“To get over artist’s block, make shitty art.”

― Dave Horowitz

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Writer’s Block Quote #27

“Why do I keep evading my work? Is it because I’m afraid of being confronted by my lack of abilities?”

― Candace Bushnell

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Writer’s Block Quote #28

“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. Then I can go on. Writer’s block is never solved by forcing oneself to “write through it,” because you haven’t solved the problem that caused your unconscious mind to rebel against the story, so it still won’t work – for you or for the reader.”

― Orson Scott Card

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Writer’s Block Quote #29

“My ideas are a shapeless mass that my writing molds into beauty.”

― Rob Bignell

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Writer’s Block Quote #30

“What is hell to a writer? Hell is being too busy to find the time to write or being unable to find the inspiration. Hell is suddenly finding the words but being away from your notebook or typewriter. Hell is when the verses slip away through your fingers and they never return again.”

― R.M. Engelhardt

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Writer’s Block Quote #31

“I deal with writer’s block by lowering my expectations. I think the trouble starts when you sit down to write and imagine that you will achieve something magical and magnificent—and when you don’t, panic sets in. The solution is never to sit down and imagine that you will achieve something magical and magnificent. I write a little bit, almost every day, and if it results in two or three or (on a good day) four good paragraphs, I consider myself a lucky man. Never try to be the hare. All hail the tortoise.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

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Writer’s Block Quote #32

“I haven’t written in a week. It’s like holding your breath under water. You feel an awful constriction and then the instinct to propel yourself.”

― D.A. Botta

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Writer’s Block Quote #33

“The thing I want to write most is the next thing I write.”

― Carroll Bryant

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Writer’s Block Quote #34

“Over analysis leads to paralysis”

― Rebecca Jane

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Writer’s Block Quote #35

“Writer’s block is just another name for fear.”

― Jacob Nordby

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Writer’s Block Quote #36

“Writing isn’t difficult. Writing well is difficult. What is most difficult is being with the interior experience that manifests as resistance to writing.”

― H. Raven Rose

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Writer’s Block Quote #37

“Writing is hard. That’s why so few people stick to it and actually finish things. And why you have a right to be immensely proud when you finish something.”

― Andy Ihnatko

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Writer’s Block Quote #38

“You don’t have to take it out on my typewrite ya’ know. It’s not the machine’s fault that you can’t write. It’s a sin to do that to a good machine.”

― Sam Shepard

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Writer’s Block Quote #39

“I have found repeatedly hitting my head with a mallet doesn’t help at all, so I am open to suggestions.”

― Steve Merrick

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Writer’s Block Quote #40

“The last thing we discover in composing a work is what to put down first.”

― Blaise Pascal

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Writer’s Block Quote #41

“Writing something new is an effective way to get rid of writer’s block. Or you can observe the people around you and fantasize like I do.”

― B.A. Gabrielle

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How to Deal with Writer’s Block

Click here to read my article about How to Stop Writer’s Block. It reveals the most complete and nuanced definition of writer’s block you’ll find online, along with my best tips about how to beat writer’s block. Share this post with other authors you believe might enjoy it. And, click here to Ask Me a Question about writing, publishing, or marketing your book(s). When you click on the link to post a question, you’ll also see the 50 Questions Authors Ask Most (with my answers).

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–  Mark

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