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Is graphorrhea a type of writer’s block?

Graphorrea (extreme wordiness in writing) would appear to be the antithesis of the constipation known as writer’s block. It’s not, however, if the geyser of words spewing forth does not move you closer toward the completion of your project. You can … Continue reading

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Oprahphobia: A new diagnostic category for blocked writers

A writer who was completely stalled confessed to me that her difficulties with finishing her book came from a paralyzing fear of being on television. She was convinced that her book (if finished) would be so good that it was … Continue reading

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Desperate cry from beyond the grave, “It was only a first draft!”

I heard about a young man who wouldn’t start his screenplay because of the worry that if he died unexpectedly before it was done, someone might find his unfinished manuscript and conclude he was a terrible writer. He would, of course, … Continue reading

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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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