6. What the Writers are Saying: Quotes about Writer’s Block


Let’s see what some writers are saying about plot:

Famous Quotes

“You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. You need to trust yourself, especially on a first draft, where amid the anxiety and self-doubt, there should be a real sense of your imagination and your memories walking and woolgathering, tramping the hills, romping all over the place. Trust them. Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance. You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of your rational mind.”

-Anne Lamott


“When you compose a story, your mind does not go through the steps [mechanically]. If you know a plot in advance, you can easily ask the right questions; but when you start from scratch, so many possibilities exist at each turn that you cannot go through them consciously. You have to let your subconscious be the selector—and it can become the selector, through the right, most dramatic situations, only if you know what conflict is and why it is necessary. When you know this, and when you have practiced laboriously composing a few plots, your imagination begins to work automatically and saves you a lot of the steps.”

-Ayn Rand


Do you know of any other great quotes on writer’s block? Post them below.

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