Category Archives: Feedback and criticism

How issues related to feedback and criticism relate to writer’s block

Does you imagined audience help or hinder your writing?

As a writer, you are frequently advised to write with a clear sense of who your audience is. This helps you focus and tailor a written communication that will achieve the greatest impact. Such advice to writers is fine and probably useful … Continue reading

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What Counts as Productive Writing?

Sometimes I’m asked this question by writers seeking to evaluate their progress. They are wondering if email writing, research reading and note-taking, making an outline, sitting and thinking about the piece, free-writing or warmup writing should count as part of … Continue reading

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“Just Do It!” – Does hearing this help?

Many friends, lovers, mentors, therapists and colleagues have lost patience with the blocked writer in their life, and finally resorted to what I call the “Nike Intervention.” Whether it’s intoned as wise counsel, a desperate plea, an autocratic command or a contemptuous … Continue reading

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Table of contents for the Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead

Table of Contents Acknowledgements Chapter 1 – Why Blocked Writers Need a Book of the Dead Chapter 2 – Death is Inevitable; Writing is Not Chapter 3 – Know Thyself Chapter 4 – Past Lives and Write Now Chapter 5 – The Grateful Blocked Chapter … Continue reading

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Registration is now open for my fall class at Stanford; space is limited

Click this link to go to register for my upcoming class“Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” (EGL 96, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm) offered through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm 5 weeks, September 24 – October 22 1 unit(s), $260 … Continue reading

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FDR, writing avoidance and the lizard brain

Sometimes when I contemplate facing a writing task I feel an agonizing resistance in my guts, without really understanding why. The most striking experience of this sort occurs when I am doing taxes or writing checks to pay bills. My … Continue reading

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I’ll be teaching a Continuing Studies class at Stanford University, beginning September 24th

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a five-week class through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program beginning on Monday, September 24, 2012 entitled: “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination.”  Registration begins in late August. This class will be limited to 30 participants … Continue reading

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