Category Archives: Feedback and criticism

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

Online Class on Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination

Beginning June 25th, I will be teaching a five-week course through Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program. This will be an online class for writers who wish to improve their ability to initiate and sustain an ongoing practice of writing. Class … Continue reading

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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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