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Buddhist mindfulness meditation might help your writing productivity, but it’s easy to procrastinate about meditating too

Numerous western writers have been inspired in their work by Buddhism. The list includes authors Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginzburg,  Natalie Goldberg, Robert Pirzig, Alan Watts, Peter Mathiessen…and many more. Whatever connection these authors found between Buddhism and their … Continue reading

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I’ll be Presenting at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, I will be giving two presentations in the morning on topics related writing productivity. The first talk, at 9 am is entitled: Why Am I Not Writing? Identifying the Barriers. Then, at 11 am, I’ll … Continue reading

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Better writing productivity through chemistry? Marcus Boon’s “The Road of Excess”

Marcus Boon’s book,“The Road of Excess” chronicles the chemically induced altered state habits of a number of famous writers. Boon discusses the history of anesthetics, narcotics, psychedelics, cannabis and stimulants within the literary world. The stimulants are the drugs he … Continue reading

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Barton Fink Blocks in Hollywood

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 offered quite … Continue reading

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Balzac, Coffee and Writing Productivity

Will you be a more productive writer if you drink more coffee? Honore de Balzac knocked back countless cups and he wrote prolifically from midnight to dawn, night after night.  In his article entitled ‘The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,”here’s how Balzac described … Continue reading

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The ‘Ice Water Plunge’ Writing Block Cure

The little known, 2009 rom-com indie flic, Feed the Fish features a protagonist wrestling with a gnarly writer’s block.  He had a very good response to his first book, but has been unable to get started on the second of a nine-book contract. His … Continue reading

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Fear, Loathing and Writing Blocks

The bad news about fear and loathing for the writer is that these two emotional states can stop the flow of words. The good news  is that they can be transmuted into writing fuel. Hunter S. Thompson made fear and loathing … Continue reading

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