What Authors Say About: Writer’s Block

Part one

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George Orwell, or Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), is considered one of the most influential English writers of the twentieth century. Orwell is best known for his dystopian novel 1984 and allegorical novel Animal Farm.
My outlook on life was forever altered after reading 1984, as it has altered many lives. Studied across classrooms 1984 is quite possibly Orwell’s most influential work, most frightening and most soul destroying.

“It was too big for him, that was the truth. It had never really progressed, it had simply fallen apart into a series of fragments.” –Gordon Comstock (George Orwell, keep the Aspidistra Flying)

Now this is a bit of a cheat because Orwell’s character described his inability to continue writing, however it is not implausible to look at this as Orwell’s own voice reaching out through the fictional character, as is not uncommon for authors to present themselves in such a way.

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STEPHEN KING

Stephen Edwin King is a contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy author. Most notably, in my opinion, as the master of suspense. With countless books King is an authority in his genre.

“I gradually realized that I was seeing another example of creative ebb, another step by another art on the road that may indeed end in extinction.”-Stephen King

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J.K. ROWLING

Rowling really needs no introduction. That, though may be due to my biased belief that she is a goddess of the written word and everyone should already be aware of that. Author of the Harry Potter series and A Casual Vacancy among others Rowling is no stranger to writer’s block.

“I’ve only suffered writer’s block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn’t measure up, but I got through it!”-J.K. Rowling

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