A quote about writer’s block.

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. -Norman Mailer


This quote is hard for me to wrap my brain around. I write most easily on bad days- hence my good days is when I find it difficult to write. When I am sad or disappointed, the words flow from my brain. When I am happy and peaceful, the words don’t really seem to come to me. If I am somewhere in the middle, I can look at photos or prompts and some line will come to me fairly quickly. But when I’m happy it is actually hard for me to write.


2 thoughts on “A quote about writer’s block.

  1. If you read writers’ bios, you soon realize that a lot of them — especially poets — were plagued with bouts of depression. (I recently read the bio of “Sweet Baby” James Taylor — a prime example.) Comes with the territory when they are such “feelings people” that they do write about it. So maybe Norman Mailer’s “bad days” were much more depressing than yours.

    I’m thankful you and I have an anchor that keeps us from plunging into those depths. And I’m with Thomas Kinkaid. So much writing today is focused on the dark side of human emotions; I’d support the return of a little brightness. Inspiring, cheerful poetry.

    My “bad days” are when I feel there’s no point writing because no one cares what I have to say. Here I am, missing all the fun things of life like time with grandchildren and/or I could have a beautiful yard or spotless house like other women. Instead I’m sitting here just thinking, feeling, pouring my musings out to share with others — and nobody reads them anyway.

    “Drop out of groups on LinkedIn; don’t bother connecting with other artists; give up blogging. No one will miss you.” These feelings have been coming in waves lately; in between I plug away.


    • Christine, you are right most poets, and even actors and other creative people struggle with those thoughts. We who are sensitive souls sometimes let the negative thoughts get to us. I have to shut those voices out and keep going. This blog helps me do that. Thank you for reading and commenting!


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