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The tyranny of perfection and the blocked writer

If I need this blog post to be perfect, I’ll never get it done. I prefer the “It can’t be awful” standard over “It must be perfect.” This feels more humane to me and allows for greater freedom and creativity, … Continue reading

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Are you wasting time trying to figure out how to not waste time?

It is reasonable to expect that in order to correct any problem you would have to spend time to diagnose the issue, find resources for helping,  learn how to make the necessary changes, and implement the changes. For a blocked … Continue reading

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Easy Writer: When writing is hard, write in a herd

Counterculture Harley riders in the 60’s were social outcasts and small in numbers, so they tended to ride together. Ultimately every rider operates their hog alone, but I’m sure it was more fun and probably safer to do it in … Continue reading

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Owen Wilson wrestles with writing in Woody Allen film, “Midnight in Paris”

In Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson portrays a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiance and her not-fully-approving parents. He regrets the decision he made several years earlier to leave Paris and abandon his dreams of being a novelist. Now, as his … Continue reading

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Don’t know what to do next? Do the hardest thing first. Write.

Decisions, decisions, decisions….when will it all end? Never, as far as I can tell. We are decision making machines who have to constantly choose between multiple competing priorities, as well as maintain our energy levels with food, sleep and RockStar … Continue reading

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Laura Hillenbrand and Christy Brown: their stories make it tougher to procrastinate

Read Laura Hillenbrand’s story about her battles with a debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome and how she wrote the best-seller in spite of it, and you might not be able put your own writing off without feeling a bit uneasy. It’s hard … 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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