Category Archives: The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead

Free Unfettered Time – is it a Boon or a Curse for a Writer?

“If only I had a nice long expanse of free time, unencumbered by the responsibilities and constraints of my job and family….then I’d be able to really settle into my writing and complete my novel!” I have heard or said … Continue reading

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Adaptation: Nicholas Cage as a Blocked Writer

Many movies feature characters who have writer’s block. Not surprising, because screenwriters often bring their own experiences into their manuscripts. Adaptation is one that does a beautiful job of capturing the angst and caustic inner dialogue of the struggling writer with accuracy … Continue reading

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A Writing Block Saved His Life

There is no simple answer to this question. There is a rich history of famous writers who have struggled with depression, and a good many other writers have less well known, but just as harrowing  stories. William Styron’s memoir, Darkness Visible, provides … Continue reading

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Perfect Sloppy Writing

A touch of perfectionism isn’t such a bad trait for a writer to possess. It’s especially useful in the final stages of completing a manuscript, so the final product is grammatically correct, reads well, and looks presentable. When a fierce … Continue reading

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Making Deadlines to Stay Alive

If you are in school, write for a living or want to blog for money, you have to be able to write consistently. Some writing professions, like journalism, involve regular deadlines that can aid the reluctant writer by creating a fear … Continue reading

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House Training the Writer Within

Each time you put off working on your article, poem, or novel, you create a moment of relief for yourself. It feels good to procrastinate because (for a while, anyway) you don’t have to face the many challenges that writing presents. Unfortunately, this … 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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I’ll be speaking about writer’s block @ Ojai Wordfest on April 12, 2014

I will be speaking at this year’s Ojai Wordfest conference in Ojai California.http://ojaiwordfest.wordpress.com Here is the writeup: 1pm – “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” at the Ojai Library 111 E Ojai Ave., (805) 646­1639 | FREE | It’s not uncommon for writers of … Continue reading

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Are you a real writer?

Are you a real writer? There is no final answer to this question, only your own beliefs. My definition is; as soon as you write or type that first word, you are a writer.  Many blocked writers wonder or obsess … Continue reading

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Why Writing is So Hard

Writing is a pretty recent development in the history of our species. It has taken a long time to get it established, and even in the 21st century, much of the world is illiterate. It’s something of a miracle if … Continue reading

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