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Writing’s not easy in The Big Easy: John Goodman is blocked in “Treme”

Typically, when a protagonist has a writing block, it means he/she will have to face adversity, resolve inner conflicts, grow and learn, then find love and write again. Not so for John Goodman in the first season of the HBO … 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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A Tom Wolfe in blocked writer’s clothing

“I now know what writer’s block is. It’s the fear you cannot do what you’ve announced to someone else you can do, or else the fear that it isn’t worth doing. That’s the rarer form.” (Tom Wolfe in an interview … Continue reading

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Mentoring, Janet Frame’s fame, and writing productivity

A mentor is someone who is a wise and trusted counselor. When I teach classes for blocked and procrastinating writers, I often ask the students if they have a writing mentor. Few do. A writing mentor can serve a variety … 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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Enjoy accounts of the agony of the blocked writer? Read Geoff Dyer’s ‘Out of Sheer Rage”

Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence was originally intended to be an academic study of D.H. Lawrence, or maybe a novel…or something. It turned out to be “or something” –  a darkly hilarious and agonizing first-person account of not-writing. … Continue reading

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