Brin Jackson, Fantasy writer & daydreamer

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Monday quote: Writer’s Block – Phillip Pullman


“Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day?

The fact is that writing is hard work, and sometimes you don’t want to do it, and you can’t think of what to write next, and you’re fed up with the whole damn business. Do you think plumbers don’t feel like that about their work from time to time? Of course there will be days when the stuff is not flowing freely. What you do then is MAKE IT UP. I like the reply of the composer Shostakovich to a student who complained that he couldn’t find a theme for his second movement. “Never mind the theme! Just write the movement!” he said.

Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just as well when they’re not inspired as when they are.”
Philip Pullman


Author: brindle808

I'm old enough to know better, and young enough to want to learn. I am a reflexologist, fantasy writer and daydreamer.

4 thoughts on “Monday quote: Writer’s Block – Phillip Pullman

  1. It certainly makes me think. Particularly the last paragraph.

  2. Reblogged this on Leah Rhea's Blog and commented:
    Here is a great quote from a fellow writer and friend, Brin. (see post)

    I think this is so very true. Sometimes those who work in creative professions (music, art, writing), can use the ‘abstractness’ of our profession/hobby as an excuse for failing to produce something on a daily basis. It is all to easy to blame the illusive muse instead of our own lack of dedication.

    Instead of throwing in the towel, we need to find ways to work through this block. Some people go for a quick walk, others work on another piece for a while, and some just go back to the last place where they felt ‘on track’ and go from there.

    What works for you? I would love to hear your comments.

  3. Reblogged this on stirlingwriter and commented:
    Wise words.

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