We’ve all experiencing writers’ block. From the world famous authors of literary classics to all of us struggling to keep producing consistent blog content; no one is immune from staring hopelessly at a blank page. The quotes below all inspire me in different ways to keep writing no matter what. They help me to cast doubt from my mind and stop thinking about how other people would judge my writing abilities.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Oscar Wilde
“The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” – Ray Bradbury
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway
“If I waited for perfection, I would never write.” – Margaret Atwood
‘There comes a point in life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own.” – Albert Einstein
“You must write for yourself and not what you think people want to read.” – Jodi Ellen Malpas
“If you’re creating anything at all, it’s really dangerous to care about what people think.” – Kristen Wiig
“At this stage accept, deep imperfection.” – Jessie Burton
“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one can tell the stories that you have to tell.” – Charles de Lint
If any of you have tips to help navigate writers’ block, please let’s help each other out and leave our advice down in the comments below!
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Day by day I am noticing how much I constrain myself and tailor my behaviour through fear of how other people will judge me. I toe a line, telling myself that I am free and do not care about people’s irrelevant opinions when really everything I do, even down to what clothes I wear, is decided through the lens of what I know other people will find acceptable.
It is easy to pre-empt what other people will think and say. As long as you fall into line; dress, think and act like them, they will have no complaints. Do not challenge their view of the world and do not scare them by stepping out of place and becoming an unknown quantity. Do all these things and you will be safe. However, you will never be fully happy.
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
– Sigmund Freud
Only as I am growing older, learning about new things, experiencing things outside of my small bubble am I realising the compromises I make in my daily life. The little decisions I make so as not to cause to ripples whilst telling myself that I am doing those things because I truly want to. Lie after lie legitimates my never reaching my full potential.
“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”
Being purposefully inauthentic is so boring though. When you look at the person next to you and realise that you have morphed into a similarly brainwashed creature who has followed the pattern of other people’s beliefs without question or issue. You have fallen into line so quickly and easily you never saw it happening. The most exciting thing you can do now is be fully and unashamedly yourself. Follow your intuition and impulses which are intrinsically unique to you. Express yourself in the brightest ways you can think of no matter what. Indulge in whatever interests you, no matter if no-one else you know cares about the same things. More than anything, become someone you can be proud of, not only now but years down the line when you are reminiscing about your life. Did you do your unique nature justice? Did you follow your passions? Did you take a stand for the things you believe in?
“Expression is survival”
– Hayley Williams