Category Archives: Mental health and writing blocks

Drawing a Blank? You’ve Got EPET (Empty Page Emotional Turmoil)

Empty pages. Do you hear these pages taunting and ridiculing you? Do they oppress or torture you. Do they make you cry or scream in frustration? Do they terrorize and demoralize you? If you feel these things, the good news … 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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Seven Psychopaths Spur Drunken, Blocked Screenwriter to Script Completion

In the movie Seven Psychopaths, Colin Farrell plays Marty, an alcoholic screenwriter who is unable to write his next screenplay. All he has been able to come up with is a title: “Seven Psychopaths.” Fortunately he manages to meet seven … Continue reading

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The rumors of Morgan Freeman’s demise are exaggerated, but he is paralyzed in, “The Magic of Belle Isle”

Sometimes dying is a great way to overcome writing blocks, and this appears to be true for the much admired actor Morgan Freeman, who was recently survived a widespread social media death hoax. Following his resurrection, he starred in The Magic … Continue reading

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Writing Blocks and Orchid Screenplays: How Do You Do Something You Don’t Know How to Do?

To grow and develop as a writer you need to face challenges and problems that are new. This means plunging into projects that you do not have a clear road map for, and somehow trusting that you will find your … Continue reading

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Herman Melville’s Moby Block – a whale of a writing problem

For months before writing the one of the greatest novels in American literary history, Moby Dick, Herman Melville was blocked. Like Ahab’s obsession with the white whale, Melville’s literary ambitions consumed him, but he wasn’t producing.  According to Elizabeth Renker, … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg Howl-ed his way out of writer’s block

During a period in the mid 1950′s, after he had moved to San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg suffered from a year-long writer’s block. He was profoundly unhappy working at an ad agency, and wasn’t writing. Finally, his therapist recommended that he do … Continue reading

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I’m not currently blocked, but I’d like to try the “Buy a Villa in Tuscany” treatment anyway.

The movie Under the Tuscan Sun shows us a treatment option for overcoming writer’s block that is both expensive and time-intensive, but evidently quite effective. Especially if you’ve dreamed of 1)living in sunny Tuscany, 2) having an affair with a sexy … Continue reading

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Who knows what evil lurks in the mind of a blocked writer? The Shadow knows…

Winter. February. Long dark days. The time when writers in the northern hemisphere scribble in the shadows. Winter is a good season for writers because we are more likely to stay inside at our writing stations and less tempted to … Continue reading

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Don’t just sit there…write something! Workshop in Carmel CA on March 3

I will be offering a workshop entitled, “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” in Carmel CA on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. This workshop is appropriate for writers of all genres and skill levels who seek to improve their … Continue reading

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