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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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Flogging a dead horse: writing hard but never reaching the happy trails…

Writing and riding have a lot in common, in addition to being (almost) homonyms. Both are learned skills that demand patience, a sense of control, discipline and an ongoing relationship with a powerful beast. The beasts are: 1) a real … Continue reading

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Perfect Sloppy Writing

A touch of perfectionism isn’t such a bad trait for a writer to possess. It’s especially useful in the final stages of completing a manuscript, so the final product is grammatically correct, reads well, and looks presentable. When a fierce … Continue reading

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Completing the PhD: Thesis Stasis Cases

According to a 2008 report prepared by the Council of Graduate Schools’ Ph.D. Completion Project, 57% of PhD students complete their degrees. Though this high drop out rate is not wholly attributable to writing blocks and procrastination, there is research … Continue reading

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Full-Prefrontal Writing Avoidance

Wikipedia describes the functions of the prefontal cortex thusly: The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, … Continue reading

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Why are you sick and tired of writing? Too many fish?

On the one hand there is the common thought among writers of, “I don’t feel like writing today.”  On the other hand there is the more intense and enduring, “I’m sick and tired of writing!” (Variations of the latter sentiment will … Continue reading

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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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