Category Archives: Tips for overcoming writer’s block and procrastination

ideas for overcoming blocks

A Room, Womb or Tomb of One’s Own

In her book, “A Room of One’s Own,” Virginia Woolf emphasizes how important it is for a writer to have the right place to do the work. This place is the womb where literary gestation, growth, labor, and birth occur. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Famous writers, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keep your writing toe in the water after a project is completed

It is natural to want to take a break when you have completed a project, especially one that has been challenging and lengthy. This gap time between projects is, however, a high-risk juncture for initiating an extended period of work avoidance. If you … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Childhood Writing Experiences and Blocks

If you have concerns about your writing process (or lack thereof), it may be useful to review your history as a writer. You were taught to write during childhood, and the effects of these early experiences and conditioning extend into … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Feedback and criticism, Mental health and writing blocks, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“No one tells me what to do! Not even myself!”

Anyone who has read even a few letters to the editor in the newspaper knows that anger can stimulate the flow of written words. A touch of outrage is powerful energy that can motivate one to march, fight and write. … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Barton Fink goes to Hollywood and can’t write

In the Coen brothers movie Barton Fink, the main character (John Turturro) experiences some success as a socially relevant, intellectual playwright in NYC, who prides himself with addressing the plight of the common man in his art. When he is … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Famous writers, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination, Uncategorized, Writing for money | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A word of caution about giving advice to a procrastinator

  I, like so many others, am guilty of giving advice to procrastinators. I’ll bet I do it again in this blog post. It is so tempting to offer “help”, and even if my motives are pure and compassionate, the … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Feedback and criticism, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Events

10/29/2018: Writing Productivity for Faculty This 90 minute presentation will be for Stanford Faculty, sponsored by the Faculty Development Office at Stanford University. 10/13/2018: Writing Productivity Challenges for Indie Authors I will be speaking at the Indie Authors Day Event … Continue reading

Posted in Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | 1 Comment