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Feeling dread without being stopped dead

One of the anti-writing mind-states I am susceptible to is dread, which theMerriam Webster dictionary defines thusly:  “to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face.” Perhaps you have felt this about writing too. It is a curious thing to feel a profound … Continue reading

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Raised by writers…curse or blessing?

On the face of it, you’d think that growing up in a household populated by writers would be a real benefit for a young, developing writer. I’ve seen this to be true, not so true, and both. The benefits of … Continue reading

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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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Young Will has the ‘lost my muse blues”

Shakespeare in Love is another good writer’s block movie. Young Will, as played by Joseph Fiennes, starts out the movie with no inspiration, a fickle girlfriend/muse, and plenty of pressure from the theater owner who depends on Shakespeare’s plays to pay … Continue reading

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Negative Thinking and Writing Blocks

Debilitating thoughts that plague writers (e.g., “I have no talent,” “I will fail if I attempt this,” or “I am not a writer”) are generally exaggerations and distortions of the truth that have gained too much authority and power due to their endless … Continue reading

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Is graphorrhea a type of writer’s block?

Graphorrea (extreme wordiness in writing) would appear to be the antithesis of the constipation known as writer’s block. It’s not, however, if the geyser of words spewing forth does not move you closer toward the completion of your project. You can … 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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