The Wednesday curse of “hump day” doesn’t apply just to office workers but to anyone trying to make it through the monotony of the week. If you find your creativity lagging mid-week, you’re not alone. Break through the dreaded Wednesday writer’s block by following one (or all!) of these essential pieces of advice – from the people who have actually been in your shoes.
1) W. Somerset Maugham
“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
2) Kevin Kruse
“If you have ‘writer’s block’ try speaking your book into a microphone and have it transcribed; have you ever had speaker’s block? Didn’t think so.”
3) Virginia Woolf
“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”
4) Lewis Carroll
“When you have made a thorough and reasonably long effort, to understand a thing, and still feel puzzled by it, stop, you will only hurt yourself by going on.”
5) Italo Calvino
“Success consists in felicity of verbal expression, which every so often may result from a quick flash of inspiration but as a rule involves a patient search… for the sentence in which every word is unalterable.”
6) James Patterson
“I’ve never had writer’s block… If I’m stuck on something, I just go to another project.”
7) Regina Brett
“Once you get started you will get stuck. Maybe on the second page. Probably by the third chapter. Soldier on. That’s how you break through writer’s block. Take the pressure off. Never sit down to write a great story. Just write a story. Now is the perfect time to start.”
What mantra do you repeat when trying to persevere during a creative dry spell?
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