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Childhood Writing Experiences and Blocks

If you have concerns about your writing process (or lack thereof), it may be useful to review your history as a writer. You were taught to write during childhood, and the effects of these early experiences and conditioning extend into … 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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Californication: Season One

David Duchovny stars in the TV series, “Californication” as a blocked writer with a variety of interpersonal and emotional challenges. The first season of this series depicts a talented, successful author with impulse control issues who hasn’t written for years despite the … 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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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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The rumors of Morgan Freeman’s demise are exaggerated, but he is paralyzed in, “The Magic of Belle Isle”

Sometimes dying is a great way to overcome writing blocks, and this appears to be true for the much admired actor Morgan Freeman, who was recently survived a widespread social media death hoax. Following his resurrection, he starred in The Magic … 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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FDR, writing avoidance and the lizard brain

Sometimes when I contemplate facing a writing task I feel an agonizing resistance in my guts, without really understanding why. The most striking experience of this sort occurs when I am doing taxes or writing checks to pay bills. My … Continue reading

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I’ll be teaching a Continuing Studies class at Stanford University, beginning September 24th

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a five-week class through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program beginning on Monday, September 24, 2012 entitled: “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination.”  Registration begins in late August. This class will be limited to 30 participants … Continue reading

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How success can mess with your writing routine

Success is challenging to some writers, and can actually lead to writing blocks of various sorts. You’d think that experiencing public acclaim, publication, best seller sales numbers or winning awards would feed a writer’s confidence and spur him or her … Continue reading

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