Dare to Read

February 3, 2011

Words for Writer’s to Live By: Writer’s block is a myth

Filed under: On Writing — carmenferreiroesteban @ 3:18 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


If you want to be a writer, you must write.

Yes. I know life gets in the way. Especially if writing does not pay the bills as is the case for most of us.

It’s hard to tell your daughter you’re not taking her to the mall because you have to write. Even harder to tell your boss you missed the deadline because your character was in trouble and you couldn’t concentrate in the boring report until you rescued her.

It’s hard to write when life keeps interfering and, anyway, who cares whether you finish your book or not?

Yet write you must, if you want to win the Nobel prize, or get published, or just have something to bring to the next meeting of your writers group.

If you want to be a writer, you must write. Every day. No excuses. Not even the big one: the excuse of having writer’s block.

For, as Denise Little, an agent with the Ethan Ellenberg Agency tells us in her blog: (http://deniselittle.wordpress.com/what-to-know-before-you-begin/) writers blog doesn’t exist.

“Remember, professional writers write.  They don’t get writer’s block.  The rest of us do our jobs, even when we don’t want to.  Why should writers be special?  So writer’s block is a myth.”

Smart words for a writer to live by.


  1. Carmen, that is so true. Thanks for the reminder. Hope the words are flowing fast and furious for you.

    Comment by Sandra Carey Cody — February 3, 2011 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks Cody.

    Too fast and furious for me to catch.

    I must be the slowest writer in the galaxy.

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — February 5, 2011 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

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