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Common problems with blocking and procrastination

The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Three – Internal Pep Talks and Daydreaming

• Missed Goals: Pep Talks Now that the pattern of postponing has been established and your inner turmoil is activated, you attempt to establish goals for productivity to bring yourself to the task. As in the first stage of the Wheel … Continue reading

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Spinning on the Procrastination Wheel: Part 2 – Fear of Failure, Anxiety, Resentment

Fear of Failure; Anxiety As time passes you feel the need to get going and at this point you might experience tendrils of fear working their way into your consciousness. It begins to dawn that the task facing you may be more difficult … Continue reading

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Many a blocked writer languishes on the “Procrastination Wheel of Suffering”

Above is a visual depiction from my book of the process of procrastination. It is a summary of the patterns I frequently see in blocked writers, and based loosely on the Buddhist “Wheel of Samsara,” which depicts the cyclic, self-perpetuating nature of human suffering. … Continue reading

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Full-Prefrontal Writing Avoidance

Wikipedia describes the functions of the prefontal cortex thusly: The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, … Continue reading

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“Someone takes over and you just copy out what is being said…” Henry Miller

In the book Henry Miller On Writing, Miller describes both his struggle with agonizing writing blocks and ecstatic writing experiences when words came to him as if he was being dictated to. He discussed this dictation in an article in … Continue reading

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Clock-Blocked and the Speed of Write

In order to write we need to make use of time. We have to find time to write,  then actually use it for writing.  We have to decide when and how long we will write, and figure out a way … Continue reading

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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” True for writers?

As a demonically possessed, binge-writing, axe-wielding Jack Nicholson wrote repeatedly in The Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  The last thing a writer wants to be is dull. Does a writer become dull if he or she … Continue reading

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