Category Archives: Feedback and criticism

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

This just in: Whelm is just as bad as overwhelm for writers.

To better understand “overwhelm”, I looked up the definition of “whelm” which is listed in the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: “cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect.”   I would have thought that “overwhelm” is even more serious and dire, but it … Continue reading

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Mentoring, Janet Frame’s fame, and writing productivity

A mentor is someone who is a wise and trusted counselor. When I teach classes for blocked and procrastinating writers, I often ask the students if they have a writing mentor. Few do. A writing mentor can serve a variety … 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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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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