Author Archives: David Arnot Rasch

About David Arnot Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, workshop leader

Daydreaming: Time wasting escape or creativity aid?

What happens when you drift off into periods of reflection and daydreaming?  There is some sense of letting go of your usual awareness of the world, and allowing something else to happen. Evidently your conscious mind needs to take a holiday … Continue reading

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Elvis Costello is writing the book everyday. Are you?

Sometimes I will start one of my writing productivity talks or workshops by playing Elvis Costello’s song, Every Day I Write the Book . While the theme of his song is more about love than writing, the chorus is a repetitive “Every day, every … Continue reading

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William Holden’s writer’s block leads to an unfortunate demise in “Sunset Boulevard”

In his role as a struggling young screenwriter in Hollywood, William Holden in Sunset Boulevard pays heavily for giving up his craft to move in with an aged, has-been, profoundly narcissistic silent-film screen idol (Gloria Swanson). Bill has experienced serious rejection as … Continue reading

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When the PhD Dissertation Goes on Forever

Dissertation writing is often the most challenging part of the Ph.D. program for many reasons. Granted, it’s supposed to be hard, because you are exploring new areas of research, and this is demanding on many levels. Dissertations are often several-year … Continue reading

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Hurray! Success!…..So why am I blocking?

You’d think that the experience of success as a writer would boost your confidence and inspire you to write regularly, with vigor and enthusiasm. It sometimes does. I’ve seen the reverse happen with several writers, who became blocked after hitting … Continue reading

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Desperate cry from beyond the grave, “It was only a first draft!”

I heard about a young man who wouldn’t start his screenplay because of the worry that if he died unexpectedly before it was done, someone might find his unfinished manuscript and conclude he was a terrible writer. He would, of course, … Continue reading

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Writing and Sacrifice

To fully embrace writing, you have to make peace with the sacrifices involved. There is a price to pay and reluctance to accepting this reality can inhibit your productivity. First of all, to do it properly, you have to dedicate … Continue reading

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