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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

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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

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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

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“Someone takes over and you just copy out what is being said…” Henry Miller

In the book Henry Miller On Writing, Miller describes both his struggle with agonizing writing blocks and ecstatic writing experiences when words came to him as if he was being dictated to. He discussed this dictation in an article in … Continue reading

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Spontaneous writing, free writing, and writing blocks.

Jack Kerouac championed spontaneous prose writing, and legends tell of him putting a roll of paper in his typewriter which he then typed on for countless hours uninterrupted  to write the Beat literature classic, On the Road. His prescription for writing welcomes … Continue reading

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Problems are the norm

Clearly, the personal challenges associated with being a writer are not trivial. In my experience, to have at least occasional problems of some sort with beginning or sustaining writing is more the norm than the exception, even for writers with experience and … Continue reading

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The terrible cry of the blocked writer

“I can only write when deadlines have passed and I feel like there is a gun to my head. Even then it takes enormous effort to make myself do it, and I can only write in intense, long binges where I … Continue reading

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