Tag Archives: motivation to write

Making Deadlines to Stay Alive

If you are in school, write for a living or want to blog for money, you have to be able to write consistently. Some writing professions, like journalism, involve regular deadlines that can aid the reluctant writer by creating a fear … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Just Do It!” – Does hearing this help?

Many friends, lovers, mentors, therapists and colleagues have lost patience with the blocked writer in their life, and finally resorted to what I call the “Nike Intervention.” Whether it’s intoned as wise counsel, a desperate plea, an autocratic command or a contemptuous … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Feedback and criticism, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking about writer’s block @ Ojai Wordfest on April 12, 2014

I will be speaking at this year’s Ojai Wordfest conference in Ojai California.http://ojaiwordfest.wordpress.com Here is the writeup: 1pm – “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” at the Ojai Library 111 E Ojai Ave., (805) 646­1639 | FREE | It’s not uncommon for writers of … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, PhD and dissertation/thesis writing issues, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Mental health and writing blocks, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Good book for procrastinators: The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal

For those of you who are postponing your writing, you may want to have a look at this book, The Willpower Instinct. The challenge is that somehow you have to muster up the willpower it takes to buy and read … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Watching New HD Flat Screen vs Writing Something

I just purchased a new gi-normous TV. I really had to get a new one, evidently, because we rearranged the furniture. What else could anyone do? Unfortunately, the quality is significantly better than the old TV. There is now a … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

A writer must learn to deal with the thought, “I would prefer not to.”

In Herman Melville’s story, Bartleby the Scrivener, an exasperated lawyer struggles to make Bartleby, a scrivener who copies legal documents, agree to do even the simplest of work tasks. But no matter what the request is, Bartleby’s response is always the … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Famous writers, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fertile void or black hole of nothingness?

The good news about having nothing in particular to write about is that possibilities are limitless.  The bad news is you have no idea about what, if anything, will emerge. I decided to conduct a quasi-scientific investigation into the question … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

“I’d rather clean a cat box than write.”

At a recent author event a woman came up and examined my book for a while. In an effort to create a friendly connection, I asked her if she was a writer. She replied by snarling,”I’d rather clean a cat … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , | Leave a comment