Category Archives: Mental health and writing blocks

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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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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