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“No one tells me what to do! Not even myself!”

Anyone who has read even a few letters to the editor in the newspaper knows that anger can stimulate the flow of written words. A touch of outrage is powerful energy that can motivate one to march, fight and write. … Continue reading

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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” True for writers?

As a demonically possessed, binge-writing, axe-wielding Jack Nicholson wrote repeatedly in The Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  The last thing a writer wants to be is dull. Does a writer become dull if he or she … Continue reading

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Henry Miller outdoes God with his “Commandments” for writing

Henry Miller’s commandments for his work schedule are listed in the edited book, Henry Miller on Writing,( pg 161).  God’s more famous list of commandments were intended for all of Moses’ flock to obey, but Miller’s apply to him alone. They … Continue reading

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Norman Mailer’s writing rule: Don’t stiff your unconscious

Here’s what Norman Mailer says in his book about writing, The Spooky Art: “The rule is that if you say you are going to write tomorrow, then it doesn’t matter how badly you’re hungover or how promising is a sudden … 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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Choosing the best, or least worst, time slot to schedule your writing

In my book and in a previous post I discussed the issue of setting up a writing schedule. A little bit of planning and thoughtfulness about scheduling can make the difference as to whether you write or not. Many people … Continue reading

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Walking the Talk

Not long ago I took a tour of Tor House in Carmel, California, the stone dwelling of the great poet Robinson Jeffers. During part of the tour the guide described how his wife Una would hear him pacing in his office … Continue reading

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The Path is the Goal is the Path is the Goal: Write Daily

An oft prescribed cure for writer’s block is to write every day. It might  seem strange, and possibly stupid, to tell a blocked writer to do the very thing he or she cannot do, and call that a remedy. Would … Continue reading

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Registration is now open for my fall class at Stanford; space is limited

Click this link to go to register for my upcoming class“Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” (EGL 96, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm) offered through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm 5 weeks, September 24 – October 22 1 unit(s), $260 … Continue reading

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TV interview with David Rasch about Writer’s Block and “The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead”

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