Author Archives: davidraschphd

About davidraschphd

Author, psychologist, speaker, workshop leader

Free Unfettered Time – is it a Boon or a Curse for a Writer?

“If only I had a nice long expanse of free time, unencumbered by the responsibilities and constraints of my job and family….then I’d be able to really settle into my writing and complete my novel!” I have heard or said … Continue reading

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Adaptation: Nicholas Cage as a Blocked Writer

Many movies feature characters who have writer’s block. Not surprising, because screenwriters often bring their own experiences into their manuscripts. Adaptation is one that does a beautiful job of capturing the angst and caustic inner dialogue of the struggling writer with accuracy … Continue reading

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A Writing Block Saved His Life

There is no simple answer to this question. There is a rich history of famous writers who have struggled with depression, and a good many other writers have less well known, but just as harrowing  stories. William Styron’s memoir, Darkness Visible, provides … Continue reading

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Perfect Sloppy Writing

A touch of perfectionism isn’t such a bad trait for a writer to possess. It’s especially useful in the final stages of completing a manuscript, so the final product is grammatically correct, reads well, and looks presentable. When a fierce … Continue reading

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Making Deadlines to Stay Alive

If you are in school, write for a living or want to blog for money, you have to be able to write consistently. Some writing professions, like journalism, involve regular deadlines that can aid the reluctant writer by creating a fear … Continue reading

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Take the Plunge…Tolerate the Chill

I have worked with several writers whose primary challenge was taking the step of sitting down at their desk. Their anticipatory anxiety or other resistances create a mental barrier against taking the first step. Often they are entertaining an inaccurate and exaggerated estimate of … Continue reading

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Time and Writing

Many writers with productivity problems have trouble with time. You must find time, protect it, and then use it well despite the competing pulls of other responsibilities, people, pleasures, and the complex workings of your mind. Every day, through conscious planning or by unconscious default, … Continue reading

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Know Thyself as a Writer

Here are a few common ways that writing productivity problems manifest. Which one(s) ring true for you? Time and scheduling difficulties * difficulty starting projects * rejecting ideas prematurely * drawing a blank * daydreaming * procrastinating * organizational challenges … Continue reading

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House Training the Writer Within

Each time you put off working on your article, poem, or novel, you create a moment of relief for yourself. It feels good to procrastinate because (for a while, anyway) you don’t have to face the many challenges that writing presents. Unfortunately, this … Continue reading

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“Just Do It!” – Does hearing this help?

Many friends, lovers, mentors, therapists and colleagues have lost patience with the blocked writer in their life, and finally resorted to what I call the “Nike Intervention.” Whether it’s intoned as wise counsel, a desperate plea, an autocratic command or a contemptuous … Continue reading

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