Reviews, comments


  1. ixchel leigh
    IxchelLeigh.com
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    Wonderful tidbits of wisdom you are sharing. Now… I need to put it into practice!

    Kristen says:

    R U kidding me??? That seems a bit extreme and off the chart for someone to lie about writing or not. Who cares? Folks who know me ask how the book is going and I say.. “It’s not right now” or I am working on this.. or. or…
    Sounds like a huge EGO issue.. to save face…
    Really????

    • Yes…..it’s an ego issue, often with shame attached. I see it a lot in struggling academic writers where one’s reputation is tied to writing productivity and success. Also with professional writers who’ve done well in the past and feel embarrassed when they get stuck, or graduate students whose family and significant other are waiting for them to get done with their dissertation, and they are just spinning their wheels. Your approach is preferred; honesty works better…

Bindu John
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Submitted on 2011/05/05 at 6:28 pm

Motivating words for all the aspiring writers who experience the ‘block’ at times. I too feel good after reading this.

CMichaelMcGannon
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Submitted on 2011/04/26 at 4:47 am

Awesome example. And a little frightening, once you think about it. I think I’ll just write a few lines before I go to bed…just to be safe…

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Julie
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Submitted on 2011/04/26 at 1:26 pm

I can’t quite decide if my writing challenge (StoryADay May) is a binge or a sensible spoonful, but either way I loved your article.

And you know, I’d completely forgotten that Jack was a writer. Gosh, I wonder where Stephen King gets his ideas…

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Hi David – this was such a coincidence. Found your site today via my friend Shelley von Strunckel who posted a Tweet introducing your wife to Twitter. I checked her posts and clicked the link to this site…

Long intro, now to explain: I am a full-time published novelist and I have been struggling for weeks and weeks to get into starting my 7th novel. Deadlines are looming, it’s been terrible. Today I forced myself to stay in my little office (no internet…) until I had written something. It was hell!

I was laughing to myself remembering a Mexican Day of the Dead T shirt I bought years ago with a print of lots of skeletons writing, painting, making music with the caption ‘El Purgatoria Artistico’. That’s where I was today.

Remembering the T shirt, I decided to put it on the male lead of the book… next thing I knew, I had started my book.

Then I come home, find Shelley’s tweet and it led to this…. So keep up the good work. Starting is the hardest part. It gets harder with every book I write, but you just have to keep on pushing through the pain until some little trigger sets you off.

best Maggie

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It’s Rainmaking Time!

Thanks for helping out all of us writers and creatives.

Kind Regards,

Kim Greenhouse

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From Kristen on Time is on your side #

Ha.. Ha… hmmm… ugh.. YOU know what you’re “talkin” about! All your posts.. have my name on them! Thanks David.. affirming ..

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I love your site David! You are light, make great references to real creative and writing issues; You have a sense of humour about it all! I anticipate reading your next blog! Keep them coming. Thanks!

Ixchel

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David,
I met you a week ago today at the authors’ night at the Marina Public Library and purchased a copy of “The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead.”  I wanted to let you know that I have finished reading it, including all the personal exercises it contains.  I found your book to be quite helpful and cleverly done.  It held my interest all the way through and provided some useful suggestions for helping me become more disciplined about my writing.

I am working on a book tentatively titled “Cosmic Conjectures: An Integral View of the Universe.”  This is the largest writing project I have tackled; I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of the venture.  Your book reminded me of the reasons I am doing this and the resources I can bring to bear.  Competing priorities and procrastination are my main obstacles, but your book offers practical suggestions for overcoming those barriers.

Sincerely a grateful reader,
Dave Kretzmann

3 Responses to Reviews, comments

  1. Having witnessed you progress from aspiring writer to blogging writer, I have only this to say: If you had been blockied, would you have… well… come up with such a stupendous blog? Good luck! You multitask much better than I do!!
    Wanda

  2. Hi David – this was such a coincidence. Found your site today via my friend Shelley von Strunckel who posted a Tweet introducing your wife to Twitter. I checked her posts and clicked the link to this site…

    Long intro, now to explain: I am a full-time published novelist and I have been struggling for weeks and weeks to get into starting my 7th novel. Deadlines are looming, it’s been terrible. Today I forced myself to stay in my little office (no internet…) until I had written something. It was hell!

    I was laughing to myself remembering a Mexican Day of the Dead T shirt I bought years ago with a print of lots of skeletons writing, painting, making music with the caption ‘El Purgatoria Artistico’. That’s where I was today.

    Remembering the T shirt, I decided to put it on the male lead of the book… next thing I knew, I had started my book.

    Then I come home, find Shelley’s tweet and it led to this…. So keep up the good work. Starting is the hardest part. It gets harder with every book I write, but you just have to keep on pushing through the pain until some little trigger sets you off.

    best Maggie

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