Tag Archives: writing blocks

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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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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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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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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Check out this useful blog post about scheduling writing from Jonathan Ball

http://www.jonathanball.com/write-a-lot-by-writing-on-schedule/

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Time and Writing

Many writers with productivity problems have trouble with time. You must find time, protect it, and then use it well despite the competing pulls of other responsibilities, people, pleasures, and the complex workings of your mind. Every day, through conscious planning or by unconscious default, … Continue reading

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Know Thyself as a Writer

Here are a few common ways that writing productivity problems manifest. Which one(s) ring true for you? Time and scheduling difficulties * difficulty starting projects * rejecting ideas prematurely * drawing a blank * daydreaming * procrastinating * organizational challenges … Continue reading

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