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Here are a few quotes on writer’s block:

“The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.”
(William Goldman)

“Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It’s a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write.”
(Paul Rudnick)

“The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”
(Mary Heaton Vorse)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
(Mark Twain)

“I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen–whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book–it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place.”
(Jeffery Deaver)

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining–researching–talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”
(E. L. Doctorow)

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”
(Margaret Atwood)

“Don’t get it right, just get it written.”
(James Thurber)

“If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not–and the odds are against it–go to your desk, no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper–write.”
(J. B. Priestly)

“Lower your standards and keep writing.”
(William Stafford)

“To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write.”
(Gertrude Stein)

“Writer’s block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.”
-Laurie Wordholt

“My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline.”
(Mary Garden)

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