Trouble Getting Started?

“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

Here are some fun tidbits for writers who feel stuck even before they start…

When asked about the most frightening thing he had ever encountered, novelist Ernest Hemingway said, “A blank sheet of paper.” Stephen King said that the “scariest moment is always just before you start [writing]. After that, things can only get better.”

How do other people talk about GETTING STARTED?

* “The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.” ~ William Goldman
* “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” ~ Mary Heaton Vorse
* “One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
* “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

Be sure to schedule a 15-minute complimentary book coaching session via email:  If we begin working together, my eBook—Writing From Life: A Wise Guide to Publishing Your Memoirs—will be yours as part of the coaching package.

“Just remember, writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” ~ Gene Fowler



2 thoughts on “Trouble Getting Started?

  1. Abdi Ali says:

    I have a lot smart stories to write,but the most difficult barrier that stops me to put pen on plain paper is a lack of enough confidence about who will technically and Proficiently assist me ,since I am from Africa a more backward continent where becoming an outhor or novelist is very difficult,any how please respond to me if you are willing to assist me start a more meaningful and important Novel.

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