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Common problems with blocking and procrastination

Buddhist mindfulness meditation might help your writing productivity, but it’s easy to procrastinate about meditating too

Numerous western writers have been inspired in their work by Buddhism. The list includes authors Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginzburg,  Natalie Goldberg, Robert Pirzig, Alan Watts, Peter Mathiessen…and many more. Whatever connection these authors found between Buddhism and their … Continue reading

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Better writing productivity through chemistry? Marcus Boon’s “The Road of Excess”

Marcus Boon’s book,“The Road of Excess” chronicles the chemically induced altered state habits of a number of famous writers. Boon discusses the history of anesthetics, narcotics, psychedelics, cannabis and stimulants within the literary world. The stimulants are the drugs he … Continue reading

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Barton Fink Blocks in Hollywood

In the Coen brothers movie Barton Fink, the main character (John Turturro) experiences some success as a socially relevant, intellectual playwright in NYC, who prides himself with addressing the plight of the common man in his art. When he is offered quite … Continue reading

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PhD Procrastination: What Would Yoda Do?

As Luke Skywalker found out during his doctoral studies with Yoda, changing habits is not a simple undertaking. With writing habits, there are numerous conditioned patterns of behavior that need to be altered, and if you’ve ever tried to change … Continue reading

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Ritter as Writer

In Blake Edwards’ Skin Deep (1989) the late John Ritter portrays a narcissistic, alcoholic, sex-addicted, emotionally stunted, blocked writer  who repeatedly pays a heavy price for his personal failings. This might not sound like a super-funny premise, but Skin Deep is, in … Continue reading

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Words have power. Writing can be risky.

Numerous writers were executed during the French Revolution. This is just one of many historical examples of writers being targeted for capital punishment. Printed words are powerful and most governments seek to control them. Even a free speech country like America has … Continue reading

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The Titanic Hit a Block and Sank. Writers Can Do Better

The Titanic was surprised by an unanticipated block of ice beneath the dark, frigid, North Atlantic ocean. It sank like a stone into the unknown depths. This needn’t happen to your writing. In the process of imagining, initiating and completing … Continue reading

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