Sunday, December 12, 2010

Do you believe in Writer's Block?

"When I sit down in order to write, sometimes it’s there; sometimes it’s not. But that doesn’t bother me anymore. I tell my students there is such a thing as “writer’s block,” and they should respect it. You shouldn’t write through it. It’s blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven’t got it right now." --TONI MORRISON

I know that some people, unlike Morrison, don't believe in writer's block. What do you say? There are definitely times when I sit down to write and it just doesn't come. Is that writer's block? Or is it that the ideas and direction I'm heading aren't yet clear to me.

Stephen Spender says that, "The best thing is to write anything, anything at all that comes into your head, until gradually there is a calm and creative day."


  1. I think she's right. It's blocked because you aren't going at it the correct way. Either your pov is wrong or you need to start later or earlier or something. It's like there's a road block. Now you have to take a detour to get back to the main road. That's my opinion :)

  2. Makes complete sense Marcy. When it's right, it just pours out and there's no stopping it.