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Writer’s Block and the Fear of Humiliation

A common writing inhibitor is the expectation that your writing will somehow put you at risk for being publicly humiliated. That if you put sentences on paper and make them available to be read, someone will read your words and … 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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Harsh Criticism and Writing Blocks

There’s nothing as effective as harsh feedback for shutting down the writing machine. Our sensitive egos are made even more vulnerable when our words are read by another, and it requires some courage to go public even under the best … Continue reading

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Psychosomatic Symptoms and Writing

Sometimes the desire to write is strong, but the body won’t cooperate.  Psychosomatic blocks interfere with the writing process when unconscious psychological conflicts manifest as physical symptoms that prevent writing. Michael Douglas is a frequently stoned, dissolute English professor who struggles … Continue reading

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Anxiety, the Unknown, and Writing

Writing, like dying, involves an unavoidable confrontation with the unknown. We don’t know exactly what will happen when we sit down to write. Contemplating the unknown is fertile territory for spawning anxiety, self-doubt, confidence crises, and work avoidance. When anxiety and doubts about your competence arise, memories … Continue reading

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The terrible cry of the blocked writer: part two

“I have plenty of time to write but I waste enormous amounts of time on insignificant tasks or just sleeping. I dread actually sitting down at my desk and beginning to write. I’ll find any excuse to do something else. … 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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Flowing with “Unflow” in the writing process

In describing their productivity, writers often discuss the presence or lack of a ‘flow’ of words. There is a body of psychological theory and research, initially developed by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that addresses the concept of flow in a general way, and … Continue reading

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“You’ve had the power all along to return to Kansas…and write your novel.”

In the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, when Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, informs Dorothy of her power, she isn’t referring to Dorothy’s writing block, but she could have been. Like a struggling writer who’s lost touch with … 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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