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Time Management Tips for Blocked Writers

___  Create a routine time for writing (daily is best). ___  Schedule an optimal daily amount. Short, regular sessions of less than an hour are recommended following a non-productive period. ___  Protect your writing time with ferocity. ___  Be realistic in … Continue reading

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The Puppy Principles: # 6 – 10. And the Barking Cure.

Imagine, again (see yesterday’s post), that the part of you that wants to write is an adorable, excited, energetic little puppy. A puppy that is totally dependent upon you to keep him happy, well fed, and healthy. Here are some more guidelines … Continue reading

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The Puppy Principles: # 1 – 5

Imagine that the part of you that wants to write is an adorable, excited, energetic little puppy. A puppy that is totally dependent upon you to keep him happy, well fed, and healthy. Here are some guidelines for caring for your writing puppy. … Continue reading

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Procrastination or Gestation?

Sometimes a writer needs to gestate, integrate, contemplate and maybe even vegetate for a while. This may involve pulling away from the keyboard or notepad and staring off into space, pacing in circles, or lying on your futon in the … Continue reading

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A Word of Caution About Giving Advice to Procrastinators

I, like so many others, am guilty of giving advice to procrastinators. I’ll bet I do it again in this blog post. It is so tempting to offer “help”, and even if my motives are pure and compassionate, the odds … Continue reading

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Free Unfettered Time – is it a Boon or a Curse for a Writer?

“If only I had a nice long expanse of free time, unencumbered by the responsibilities and constraints of my job and family….then I’d be able to really settle into my writing and complete my novel!” I have heard or said … Continue reading

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Adaptation: Nicholas Cage as a Blocked Writer

Many movies feature characters who have writer’s block. Not surprising, because screenwriters often bring their own experiences into their manuscripts. Adaptation is one that does a beautiful job of capturing the angst and caustic inner dialogue of the struggling writer with accuracy … Continue reading

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Perfect Sloppy Writing

A touch of perfectionism isn’t such a bad trait for a writer to possess. It’s especially useful in the final stages of completing a manuscript, so the final product is grammatically correct, reads well, and looks presentable. When a fierce … Continue reading

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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

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Take the Plunge…Tolerate the Chill

I have worked with several writers whose primary challenge was taking the step of sitting down at their desk. Their anticipatory anxiety or other resistances create a mental barrier against taking the first step. Often they are entertaining an inaccurate and exaggerated estimate of … Continue reading

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