Category Archives: Famous writers

Young Will has the ‘lost my muse blues”

Shakespeare in Love is another good writer’s block movie. Young Will, as played by Joseph Fiennes, starts out the movie with no inspiration, a fickle girlfriend/muse, and plenty of pressure from the theater owner who depends on Shakespeare’s plays to pay … Continue reading

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Is graphorrhea a type of writer’s block?

Graphorrea (extreme wordiness in writing) would appear to be the antithesis of the constipation known as writer’s block. It’s not, however, if the geyser of words spewing forth does not move you closer toward the completion of your project. You can … Continue reading

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Oprahphobia: A new diagnostic category for blocked writers

A writer who was completely stalled confessed to me that her difficulties with finishing her book came from a paralyzing fear of being on television. She was convinced that her book (if finished) would be so good that it was … Continue reading

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“Go after it with a club!”

Jack London said  “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”  And I’m sure it felt like that for him at times. Jack was one of the founders of the California Writers Club, but I don’t believe … Continue reading

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Lost in a Daydream: Sigmund Freud, Jon Kabot-Zinn, and The Lovin’ Spoonful

What a day for a daydream…..  or is it? If chronic daydreaming is a barrier for you with regards to writing, what can you do? Sigmund would recommend  several years of psychoanalytic exploration of your unconscious impulses and dream imagery, but … 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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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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