Category Archives: Feedback and criticism

How issues related to feedback and criticism relate to writer’s block

“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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Table of contents for the Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead

Table of Contents Acknowledgements Chapter 1 – Why Blocked Writers Need a Book of the Dead Chapter 2 – Death is Inevitable; Writing is Not Chapter 3 – Know Thyself Chapter 4 – Past Lives and Write Now Chapter 5 – The Grateful Blocked Chapter … Continue reading

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Registration is now open for my fall class at Stanford; space is limited

Click this link to go to register for my upcoming class“Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” (EGL 96, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm) offered through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm 5 weeks, September 24 – October 22 1 unit(s), $260 … Continue reading

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FDR, writing avoidance and the lizard brain

Sometimes when I contemplate facing a writing task I feel an agonizing resistance in my guts, without really understanding why. The most striking experience of this sort occurs when I am doing taxes or writing checks to pay bills. My … Continue reading

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I’ll be teaching a Continuing Studies class at Stanford University, beginning September 24th

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a five-week class through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program beginning on Monday, September 24, 2012 entitled: “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination.”  Registration begins in late August. This class will be limited to 30 participants … Continue reading

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TV interview with David Rasch about Writer’s Block and “The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead”

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It Takes a Long Time for a Windbag to be Brief

Lord Polonius states in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that ‘brevity is the soul of wit,’ though Polonius himself was actually quite a windbag. My blog’s Spartan 300 word average is built in protection against the sin of windbaggery, so why does it … Continue reading

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Writing people are people who need people; they’re the luckiest people

If the writing is not going so well, you might  benefit from talking with…people. The process of talking about your predicament in conversation often results in a productive shift. (Those of us in the therapy business are very grateful that … Continue reading

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Bird by Bird is the Word

Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird, is a wonderful instruction book about writing that’s worth reading even if you aren’t having problems. It’s truly funny, which is important for anyone who feels demoralized or overwhelmed by the challenges of writing. … Continue reading

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Registration begins on 8/22/11 for my class at Stanford: Overcoming Writer’s Block and Procrastination

Here’s the blurb from the catalog describing the class: “This course will provide information, guidance, and strategies for writers who would like to improve their writing productivity. Students will learn about the different forms of writing blocks, how to assess … Continue reading

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