Author Archives: David Arnot Rasch

About David Arnot Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, workshop leader

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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“Sylvia” is definitely not a feel-good flick, but it portrays writer’s block well.

I put the movie Sylvia in my DVD player with trepidation. I knew I wasn’t in for a laugh-fest, but I’m compulsive about watching movies that depict the writing process, so I soldiered on. The movie turned out to be quite good, … Continue reading

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Walking the Talk

Not long ago I took a tour of Tor House in Carmel, California, the stone dwelling of the great poet Robinson Jeffers. During part of the tour the guide described how his wife Una would hear him pacing in his office … Continue reading

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The Path is the Goal is the Path is the Goal: Write Daily

An oft prescribed cure for writer’s block is to write every day. It might  seem strange, and possibly stupid, to tell a blocked writer to do the very thing he or she cannot do, and call that a remedy. Would … Continue reading

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“No one tells me what to do! Not even myself!”

Anyone who has read even a few letters to the editor in the newspaper knows that anger can stimulate the flow of written words. A touch of outrage is powerful energy that can motivate one to march, fight and write. … Continue reading

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Dealing with Relapses

If you find that you are unable to make a plan, or that you start off well but get blocked again after a while, do not despair. This is not a sign that there is no hope, only that there are additional … Continue reading

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Make a New Plan, Stan

Paul Simon’s song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover begins with the words “The problem’s all inside your head she said to me.” Paul is writing about the challenges of leaving a lover, and in the chorus he makes the recommendation,“Make a new plan, … Continue reading

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Writing on the road vs writing “On The Road”

Jack Kerouac wrote very well on the road, and he wrote “On the Road” very well. I went on the road to Portland and wrote less than well. In fact, I didn’t write at all. First of all, my writing routines were … Continue reading

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Diving into Writing

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 … Continue reading

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The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering

  In my book I discuss “The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering” a diagram loosely based on the Buddhist “Wheel of Samsara,” which depicts the cyclic, self-perpetuating nature of human suffering. While everyone’s style of procrastination is unique, several common features are included in this wheel. … Continue reading

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