David Rasch PhD


David Rasch, PhD


I am a psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with writers who struggle with blocks, procrastination, and other writing productivity problems. I have worked as a therapist, workshop leader, writing consultant, Director at Stanford University’s Faculty Staff Counseling Center, and as Ombuds at Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. For several years I have been a lecturer on writing productivity in Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program.

I have also given presentations about my work with faculty authors at state and national conferences and have spoken to numerous faculty, student and staff groups at universities and conferences nationwide. I offer talks and teach workshops on writing productivity that are useful for writers of poetry, fiction, screenplays, journalism, academic research, nonfiction, business and technical articles, Web pages, and personal journals.

My approach to assisting writers includes the use of compassion, psychological insights, behavioral strategies, common sense and humor. I combine insights from my background as a psychologist with practical advice for negotiating the daily challenges of the writing life. In addition to The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead, my writing includes a chapter in the edited volume Process and Organizational Redesign, and several magazine and newsletter articles. In 2013 I co-authored an article addressing writing productivity issues for lawyers that was published in the New Mexico Law Review, and  in 2016, wrote a chapter in the online book; Write Nonfiction Now, edited by Nina Amir and contributed stories to the edited volume; Life in Pacific Grove. I have also published a flash fiction collection, Short Hot Flashes.

I was the 2010 – 2011 President of the Central Coast Writers Branch of the California Writers Club and was recipient of their Centennial Short Story Award in 2009. In addition, I won the Monterey Weekly’s  100 Word Short Story Contest in 2010, and was runner up in 2012 and 2014. I was also winner of the Ojai Art Center’s Short Story Contest in 2014.

6 Responses to David Rasch PhD

  1. David:
    I hope this doodad works… we have your link on our website. You may see it in Newsletters–The Diploemat, March 2011.
    Good luck.

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  3. Tim Gilmore says:

    I stumbled upon your article Overcoming Writer’s Block etc for Attorneys – while excessively researching to avoid mountain of paperwork.
    28 years law practice, agony and anguish, psychologists etc etc. Today you explained my problem.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Tell your wife thank you too.

  4. Tim Gilmore says:

    These problems are more common “than people let on.” Crucial phrase in my experience.

    About 12 into my law practice I began (desperately) seeking psychiatric answers. That was 17 years ago. Now I could write books on mental disorders – if I could write.

    None of the dozens of professionals who’ve tried to help me picked up on writers block. I never articulated it as writers block, nor think of it in those terms….until reading your work.

    My writers block is a symptom…also a core disease? This is similar to an eating disorder. I’m a lawyer, a very good one in some respects – maybe too old to change careers. Writing is my poison. Writing is also my oxygen.

    Not sure where to start on my recovery – but finally I know where I’m starting from.

    PS. Things like this reply are easy for me to write. Flow state writing. The contract IP infringement clause on top of my pile will consume my entire morning – if I’m lucky.


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