Category Archives: The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead

Refrigerator Refuge for Blocked Writers

It’s possible to stare at the contents of a refrigerator for a long time when you don’t want to do something. The sight of food is compelling in a powerful and primal way. Entire television cable networks have been launched … 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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The heartbreak of TGSWD: Tile Grout Scrubbing Writing Dysfluency.

If your bathroom is too clean and shiny, you may be suffering from the heartbreak of  TGSWD – Tile Grout Scrubbing Writing Dysfluency. Avoiding is not always an idle, languid, lazy state of daydreaming, watching TV, and eating cookies on the couch. … Continue reading

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Why Bother Writing at All?

On the final day of a recent class, one participant thanked me profusely and shared that she was very pleased with the progress she had made. She had been avoiding and agonizing over an article for months and during the … 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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Writer’s Block, Shame and Lying

Pinnochio came from a block of wood, and he wanted to be a real boy, but he had a problem with lying. If you want to be a real writer, but you’re blocked, this might be an issue for you as … Continue reading

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Feeling dread without being stopped dead

One of the anti-writing mind-states I am susceptible to is dread, which theMerriam Webster dictionary defines thusly:  “to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face.” Perhaps you have felt this about writing too. It is a curious thing to feel a profound … Continue reading

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