So to bridge the gap of "I can write" and "I can't write" I offer up something that is relatively easy to do. Consider it this week's homework assignment or for that matter, this month's homework assignment and that is to write down quotes.
Our lives are surrounded by lyrics, memorable movie quotes and in general quotes in books or things we see on a board in a store window. Write these things down because these quotes can lead to writing ideas or other creative adventures. Plus, these quotes can be starting off points if you struggle to find the right words to start off a sentence. Quotes can provide you with the right inspiration. When you write down a quote, make sure you write down who said it or it's point of origin. The more information you have about the quote the better it will help you.
Here a few of my favorite quotes:
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. E. L. Doctorow
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people. Roald Dahl
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them. - Gore Vidal
I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it. - William Zinsser
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway
Good luck in collecting your quotes!