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Playing solitaire vs. doing some writing

Of all the possible diversionary activities one could engage in to avoid writing, why do so many people choose mind-numbing, pointless games like solitaire? Solitaire and writing are both lonely pursuits, so maybe they attract the same personality types. I’m of … Continue reading

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Satan lurks where the Internet perks

The keyboard and screen have been a huge advance and timesaver for writers. The ease of editing, the immediate access to online information and research, the speed of submitting and communicating, all contribute to making our literary lives flow better. … 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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A few seats left for my Continuing Studies class at Stanford, “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination”

On September 23rd I will begin teaching a five week class for writers entitled, “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination.” for more information and to register, see: https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/detail/20141_EGL-96 The class will explore a variety of issues connected with writing productivity will be focused on … Continue reading

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Time, schedules and writing productivity

Are any of the following issues familiar? • An inability or reluctance to make future plans about writing  • An inability or reluctance to schedule your day • An inability or reluctance to stick with a schedule you have made … Continue reading

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Writing and Sacrifice

To fully embrace writing, you have to make peace with the sacrifices involved. There is a price to pay and reluctance to accepting this reality can inhibit your productivity. First of all, to do it properly, you have to dedicate … Continue reading

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“Sylvia” is definitely not a feel-good flick, but it portrays writer’s block well.

I put the movie Sylvia in my DVD player with trepidation. I knew I wasn’t in for a laugh-fest, but I’m compulsive about watching movies that depict the writing process, so I soldiered on. The movie turned out to be quite good, … Continue reading

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