Tag Archives: procrastination

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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Assessing your writing productivity problems

I like to have as complete an understanding of a person’s writing process as possible before I suggest changing anything, so I created an assessment tool for identifying problems that affect productivity. It highlights a number of issues, habits, thoughts, feelings, and other factors … Continue reading

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Should I develop a writing ritual?

It depends. This is essential for some writers and a non-issue for others. There does not seem to be a universal rule about the usefulness writing rituals, but plenty of writers use them. Many people have a routine that involves … Continue reading

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Scared Straight

The Shining is a good “scared straight” movie for writers engaged in the procrastination/binge cycle. Jack Nicholson portrays a school teacher who takes a caretaker job at a closed resort in the mountains because he wants lots of free time to write … Continue reading

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