Jodi Picoult

All of us suffer from writer’s block, even if we aren’t a dedicated writer.  Students writing a paper for class suffer from writer’s block.  Professionals putting together a presentation suffer from writer’s block.  Author’s suffer from writer’s block.  Sometimes it lasts for a short period of time, but sometimes we don’t think of something to write about for several months.  Most of the time when people get writer’s block, they sit back and wait for something to come for them.  But sometimes we don’t have that option.  Sometimes we always have to put something on paper, whether it’s good or bad.  “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.  You can’t edit a blank page.”  I just recently found this and was shocked at how true it was.  As a writer who gets writer’s block A LOT I am constantly thinking of new ways to move on in my story.  Most of time I find myself staring at a blank page, wondering what words I could put down.  And since I’m a perfectionist, I don’t want to put down the wrong words and then have to go back and change it later.  But this quote made me realize that that is okay.  All you have to do is write down something, and no matter what it is you can always go back and edit.  You can always return to the first page and completely change the story line if you wanted to.  Your story is yours to do with what you will.  It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time.  It doesn’t even have to be perfect the second time.  All that matters is that you write something down.  As long as you write something down, you always have something to go back to.  But if this is difficult for you – thinking of something to write down – think of something that inspired you to write your story.  Was it a film?  A book?  A person?  And take inspiration from that; I find that that always works.  Just make sure that you keep writing and never stop, because if you stop, you may never start again.

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