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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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Lost in a Daydream: Sigmund Freud, Jon Kabot-Zinn, and The Lovin’ Spoonful

What a day for a daydream…..  or is it? If chronic daydreaming is a barrier for you with regards to writing, what can you do? Sigmund would recommend  several years of psychoanalytic exploration of your unconscious impulses and dream imagery, but … Continue reading

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Daydreaming: Time wasting escape or creativity aid?

What happens when you drift off into periods of reflection and daydreaming?  There is some sense of letting go of your usual awareness of the world, and allowing something else to happen. Evidently your conscious mind needs to take a holiday … Continue reading

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