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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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Allen Ginsberg Howl-ed his way out of writer’s block

During a period in the mid 1950′s, after he had moved to San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg suffered from a year-long writer’s block. He was profoundly unhappy working at an ad agency, and wasn’t writing. Finally, his therapist recommended that he do … Continue reading

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Can a shrink, a dog, and a stripper cure a writing block? Yes, if “The Dog Problem” can be believed.

Perhaps inadvisably, I often watch movies about blocked writers as I search for new and effective strategies for helping writers write. The archetype of the blocked writer must be universally compelling because there are literally scads of these movies in circulation. … Continue reading

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I’m not currently blocked, but I’d like to try the “Buy a Villa in Tuscany” treatment anyway.

The movie Under the Tuscan Sun shows us a treatment option for overcoming writer’s block that is both expensive and time-intensive, but evidently quite effective. Especially if you’ve dreamed of 1)living in sunny Tuscany, 2) having an affair with a sexy … Continue reading

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For the blocked writer, “Just write!” is usually not good advice…nor a great movie

When you fall off the writing wagon, you may hear a well-meaning friend, colleague, family member or mentor tell you to “Just Write!” This is a version of the Nike credo, “Just Do It!” People say this when they don’t … Continue reading

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Don’t just sit there…write something! Workshop in Carmel CA on March 3

I will be offering a workshop entitled, “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” in Carmel CA on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. This workshop is appropriate for writers of all genres and skill levels who seek to improve their … Continue reading

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Workshop in Carmel CA on March 3: Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination

I will be offering a workshop entitled, “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” in Carmel CA on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. This workshop is appropriate for writers of all genres and skill levels who seek to … Continue reading

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