It’s not just you, these famous authors face writer’s block too. Some of them have come to terms with it, some squash it, and some just laugh over it. Have a look-

Fran Lebowitz

“I have only one fear in life, and that is of writing. Writer’s block is painful. There are painful things in our lives that we don’t seem to be able to fix. Things that you know the origin of, you have a high chance of fixing. Obviously, if I knew exactly what this was, I would fix it. I do not know what it is, exactly. I have my theories, but I don’t really know. However, I do not believe that I will never write again. And since no one would ever accuse me of being a cockeyed optimist, probably I will.”

Joss Whedon

Control your environmen: No internet, no phone. Play music. It can amp the mood and separate you from the people on the other side of the door.

Start writin: You can overthink anything. You can wind yourself up into a frenzy of inertia by letting a blank page stay blank. Write something on it.

Stop writin: Know when to walk away, when you’re grinding gears. This is tricky, because it’s easy to get lazy, but sometimes straining for inspiration when it’s not there is just going to tire you out and make the next session equally unproductive.

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Have a deadline: I would probably never get anything written if it weren’t shooting next week. I’m a terrible procrastinator, which means the adrenaline of last-minute panic is my friend.

Have rewards: I’m talking about cookies. Actually, I’m finishing with cookies. What matters more? Earn them, then enjoy them.


Malcolm Gladwell

“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.”


Jenny Zhang

The internet is not your friend: The internet wants you to do excessive online browsing. The internet wants you to scroll through Tumblr until your wrists hurt. The internet wants you to read other people’s writing.

Give yourself small assignments and projects: I’m the first one to resist any kind of writing exercise because I’m all like, I am far too complex to submit to a lowly writing exercise. I will come up with my own inspiration, thank you very much.

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Be curious about other people: You know who has a million and one stories to tell? Your parents. Your grandparents. Your weird uncle. Your weird aunt. These are people who have lived through a lot of shit, and what’s more, they know other people who have lived through a lot of shit. There are amazing, incredibly sad, and incredibly hilarious stories to be uncovered.

Read, like all the freaking time: I meet young writers all the time who don’t read, and I’m always like, “What are you doing? Stop writing so much! Read more!” Be a better reader before you start worrying about being a good writer.

Dreaming counts!:  We’re all told that we’re supposed to be “productive.” There’s a glut of things to know about, memes to forward, hashtags to create, instagram photos to take, etc., etc., etc. But being a writer is saying that you want to see beauty in places that other people often overlook. So give yourself a day or a week off, or even a few months off, to daydream.



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