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Balzac, Coffee and Writing Productivity

Will you be a more productive writer if you drink more coffee? Honore de Balzac knocked back countless cups and he wrote prolifically from midnight to dawn, night after night.  In his article entitled ‘The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,”here’s how Balzac described … 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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I’ll be speaking about writer’s block @ Ojai Wordfest on April 12, 2014

I will be speaking at this year’s Ojai Wordfest conference in Ojai California.http://ojaiwordfest.wordpress.com Here is the writeup: 1pm – “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” at the Ojai Library 111 E Ojai Ave., (805) 646­1639 | FREE | It’s not uncommon for writers of … Continue reading

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Good book for procrastinators: The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal

For those of you who are postponing your writing, you may want to have a look at this book, The Willpower Instinct. The challenge is that somehow you have to muster up the willpower it takes to buy and read … 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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Nature Abhors a Vacuum…Is This Why Writing Blocks Suck?

If we are to believe Greek scientist Parmenides who posited the theory horror vacui  (nature abhors a vacuum) in 485 BC, then, ergo, nature must also dislike a writing block, which is a word vacuum. This is good news. It’s … Continue reading

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Another blocked writer is cured by a blond actress in ‘The Best Man’

It’s the same old story: a boy writer gets big advance for his promising first novel, develops writers block, becomes a klutz, and subsequently can’t pee in public restrooms. Then klutz boy meets pretty girl and falls in love, but … Continue reading

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