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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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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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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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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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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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