Tag Archives: procrastination

The Titanic Hit a Block and Sank. Writers Can Do Better

The Titanic was surprised by an unanticipated block of ice beneath the dark, frigid, North Atlantic ocean. It sank like a stone into the unknown depths. This needn’t happen to your writing. In the process of imagining, initiating and completing … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Feedback and criticism, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The ‘Ice Water Plunge’ Writing Block Cure

The little known, 2009 rom-com indie flic, Feed the Fish features a protagonist wrestling with a gnarly writer’s block.  He had a very good response to his first book, but has been unable to get started on the second of a nine-book contract. His … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fear, Loathing and Writing Blocks

The bad news about fear and loathing for the writer is that these two emotional states can stop the flow of words. The good news  is that they can be transmuted into writing fuel. Hunter S. Thompson made fear and loathing … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Famous writers, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Duty to Protect Yourself from Harmful Feedback

Many people in your writing life will not be highly skilled in the art of giving useful, non-traumatizing feedback about your work. As the primary custodian of your writing, one of your responsibilities is to protect your ability to do … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I Hate Writing…I Love Writing

A woman author once said this to me during a workshop on improving writing productivity. ‘I hate writing, but I love writing.” It sounds absurd, but I knew what she meant. Writing was her primary passion and yet she felt … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Famous writers, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Fear the Bubbles

Sometimes I think it’s amazing that we are able to do anything, much less write a story, novel, poem or article. The process of fixing on a goal and making it happen is not as simple one might think. This … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Kathy Bates Writing Block Cure

James Caan, playing a writer in the movie adapted from Stephen King’s novel Misery, wakes up after a car wreck in the home of an obsessed fan, Kathy Bates, who had rescued him. Crippled and immobilized by the accident, Caan is trapped in … Continue reading

Posted in Common Writing Block Problems, Famous writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment