Getting stuck in a writing rut is the worst. There are few things more annoying and frustrating than looking at a computer screen, on deadline for your latest marketing project, only to have the cursor tauntingly blink back at you. You want to fix that awkwardly worded sentence or make a witty intro suddenly appear on your screen ... but it's not happening.
You've got to fix this.
Everyone needs different things to get past frustrating writing moments. When I get stuck, I look to one of my favorite writers of all time: Oscar Wilde. He's eloquent. He's thoughtful. He's sassy. Oh, and he has some pretty great advice for becoming a better writer. It's a winning combination that'll get me unstuck from even the deepest holes of writer's block.
If you're feeling stuck, want some tips for writing better, or just like pithy quotes from 19th-century writers, keep on reading. We've compiled a SlideShare presentation and tweetable takeaways below to keep you at the tippy top of your writing game.
7) Being critical of your work makes it even better.
“The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.”(Tweet This Quote!)
8) Writing can feel painful, but it's incredibly rewarding.
“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?” (Tweet This Quote!)
9) Don't obsess over perfection. At a certain point, you're just wasting time.
“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” (Tweet This Quote!)
10) Don't get stuck creating the same thing over and over again.
“They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind he would cease to be an artist.” (Tweet This Quote!)
12) Don't think you have nothing to say. Your point of view is unique.