Category Archives: Feedback and criticism

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

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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TV interview with David Rasch about Writer’s Block and “The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead”

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