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Problems are the norm

Clearly, the personal challenges associated with being a writer are not trivial. In my experience, to have at least occasional problems of some sort with beginning or sustaining writing is more the norm than the exception, even for writers with experience and … Continue reading

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The terrible cry of the blocked writer

“I can only write when deadlines have passed and I feel like there is a gun to my head. Even then it takes enormous effort to make myself do it, and I can only write in intense, long binges where I … Continue reading

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Email: It’s risky for Sara Palin, and for blocked writers

The recent public release of thousands of Sara Palin’s  email correspondences highlights the challenges of the new information age. Who knows what will be discovered in the many boxes of emails that the State of Alaska released? It can’t all … Continue reading

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Imposter Phenomenon and writing blocks

You can take an online test and see if the Imposter Phenomenon (IP) is interfering with your life or writing. Basically the IP describes competent people who feel that they are frauds. Many aspiring and even successful writers carry feelings of … Continue reading

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“Someone takes over and you just copy out what is being said…” Henry Miller

In the book Henry Miller On Writing, Miller describes both his struggle with agonizing writing blocks and ecstatic writing experiences when words came to him as if he was being dictated to. He discussed this dictation in an article in … Continue reading

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Spontaneous writing, free writing, and writing blocks.

Jack Kerouac championed spontaneous prose writing, and legends tell of him putting a roll of paper in his typewriter which he then typed on for countless hours uninterrupted  to write the Beat literature classic, On the Road. His prescription for writing welcomes … Continue reading

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PhD Procrastinator: Part 2 – What Would Yoda Do?

As Luke Skywalker found out during his doctoral apprenticeship with Yoda, changing habits is not a simple undertaking. With writing habits, there are numerous conditioned patterns of behavior that need to be altered, and if you’ve ever tried to change … Continue reading

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In early Egypt, writing blocks were made of granite

The earliest writings included in The Egyptian Book of the Dead were originally chiseled in stone in the tombs of deceased pharaohs and royalty. Tomb size, quality, furnishings, and decoration were all considered critical for determining the spirit’s fate in the afterworld, so careful … Continue reading

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The ice water plunge cure proves effective for a blocked writer in the movie “Feed the Fish.” Brrrrr!

The little known, 2009 rom-com indie flic, Feed the Fish features a protagonist wrestling with a gnarly writer’s block.  He had a very good response to his first book, but has been unable to get started on the second of a nine-book contract. … Continue reading

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The intention to write can be realized or lost in subtle, bubbly ways

Sometimes I think it’s amazing that we are able to do anything, much less write a story, novel, poem or article. The process of fixing on a goal and making it happen is not as simple one might think. This … Continue reading

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