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The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Five – Anxiety, Deadlines and Binge Writing

Still spinning on the wheel…  Overwhelm; Deadline; Anxiety Threshold As the final deadline for completing your project becomes imminent, reality breaks through and you become motivated by dread and fear of failure. As this fear of failure becomes more powerful than the fear … Continue reading

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The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Four – Avoidance, Worry, Lying, Self-Criticism

• Avoidance; Worry As you travel around the Wheel of Suffering, your level of concern escalates, as does your motivation to avoid. Worry is a good thing on one hand because it elevates your awareness of what you need to do, but … Continue reading

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Spinning on the Procrastination Wheel: Part 2 – Fear of Failure, Anxiety, Resentment

Fear of Failure; Anxiety As time passes you feel the need to get going and at this point you might experience tendrils of fear working their way into your consciousness. It begins to dawn that the task facing you may be more difficult … Continue reading

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Do you worry about how much you should worry about writing?

It almost doesn’t matter whether you believe worrying about writing is helpful or not. Bobby McFerrin likes to sing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” but if you’re worried, you’re worried, and it might not be so helpful to have Bobby tell you … Continue reading

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Steve Martin’s writing block as comedy writer for the Smothers Brothers

While Steve Martin’s engaging book Born Standing Up is primarily about his incredible standup comedy career, it also gives the reader an informative glimpse into the life of a comedy writer.  In addition to being a talented goofball, Martin is also … Continue reading

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I think (positively) therefore I write. Beating blocks with tools from cognitive therapy.

David Burns wrote a self-help best seller, Feeling Good, based on principles of cognitive therapy, a psychotherapy modality pioneered by Aaron Beck and others. Much of the advice in this book is applicable to writers who are struggling. Cognitive therapy … Continue reading

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Imagination gone wild: catastrophizing and writing blocks

The human imagination is a many splendored thing, and as a writer, you depend on it. But in addition to providing wonderful ideas and images for us to use in our work, imagination can also take small challenges and transform … Continue reading

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