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A Tom Wolfe in blocked writer’s clothing

“I now know what writer’s block is. It’s the fear you cannot do what you’ve announced to someone else you can do, or else the fear that it isn’t worth doing. That’s the rarer form.” (Tom Wolfe in an interview … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Deadline: Binge-Writer Zombie Apocalypse

Nothing like a caffeine fueled all-nighter spent pounding the keyboard under dire deadline pressure to make you feel like a zombie the next day. There might be some thrilling, adrenaline charged, rushes experienced along the way, but by dawn, the … Continue reading

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Did Dirty Harry actually say “Make my day, punk. Write something now!”?

Many blocked writers  have told me that they can only write when there is a gun to their head. The gun is typically a deadline that generates abject fear and unspeakable dread. I find it interesting that word ‘deadline’ has … Continue reading

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Many a blocked writer languishes on the “Procrastination Wheel of Suffering”

Above is a visual depiction from my book of the process of procrastination. It is a summary of the patterns I frequently see in blocked writers, and based loosely on the Buddhist “Wheel of Samsara,” which depicts the cyclic, self-perpetuating nature of human suffering. … Continue reading

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THE END IS NEAR!! It might be a good idea to write every day until then…

Some people say the ancient Mayan calendar predicts a 2012 end to the world. That’s not so far off anymore. I’m fairly certain you don’t want to be caught at the apocalypse with your novel, screenplay, poetry collection or memoir … Continue reading

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