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Writers' Block

Is It Harder to Be a Novelist or a Screenwriter? (Plus a Brief Meditation on How Being a Writer Should be Like Smoking Cigars.)

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.30.2016 | Arts
Holly Robinson

Lately, my novelist friends and I have been talking about finding other jobs because the publishing business is so rocky. Usually this list of possibi...

Trying to Conquer Writer's Block when You're on a Deadline? Learn from Emergency Doctors.

Anna Sabino | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Anna Sabino

You've created what seems like a perfect writing environment: tidy desk in a quiet room, there's noone in the apartment and all your appliances are of...

It's Not You Book, It's Me

Melissa Palmer | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Melissa Palmer

There are days when I wish the book I was working on had a face, so I could punch it. It's true. And it's just part of the strange dance between lov...

How to Stop Obsessing About "Writer's Block"

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.07.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

"Writer's block is bunk." That's not exactly what prize-winning author Loren D. Estleman said a few years ago at a Michigan writer's conference, but ...

What To Do When Your Current Life Story Sucks

Tammy Letherer | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

And I don't always get to be the storyteller. Some weeks it's enough, it really is, to sit in the doorway, to wait, and to be the listener.

3 Tips to Bust Through Writer's Block

Rosanna Savone | Posted 06.29.2016 | Books
Rosanna Savone

Do you get writer's block? As a writer, I know I do and when I do, I follow these 3 tips to bust through it as quickly as possible.

How One Writer Overcame Her Fears and Got a Second Chance

Lisa Kerr | Posted 06.25.2016 | Books
Lisa Kerr

A few weeks ago I was on a plane having an epiphany about second chances and perfectionism while watching a film. The film was Burnt and the story wa...

10 Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

Dianna Booher | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

Whatever the writing task, you may be facing a tight deadline and the last thing you need is writer's block -- that crippling feeling that nothing you write is right. Or worse, staring at the page or screen when nothing at all seems to flow from your brain to the screen.

17 Expert Hacks for Getting Writing Ideas

Yusuff Busayo | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Yusuff Busayo

All writers - rookie, intermediates, or veterans - experience writers' block.

I Wrote for 17 Minutes Yesterday!

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

Last weekend, I participated on two different author panels during the 2016 Newburyport Literary Festival, an event packed with over 70 different auth...

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Lisa Kerr | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Lisa Kerr

Quitting gave me what I needed to feel healthy again; it gave me the distance from what (and who) was unhealthy for me. I needed to enjoy writing again without the self-imposed pressure to publish with a leading agent.

'Papa: Hemingway In Cuba' Fails Due to Flawed Acting

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.01.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a lot of plot here and it is all interesting, however it is not particularly entertaining. This is because of the acting on display.

How I Turned Fear Into Fuel

Jazmine Aluma | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jazmine Aluma

I'm sure some fears have already popped up. Acknowledge them. Ask yourself, what are you afraid would happen if you let your curiosity guide you? Now, what are you afraid would happen if you didn't? This is where we find the good stuff -- the motivation to keep going.

15 Expert Tips For Unblocking Writer's Block

Yusuff Busayo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Yusuff Busayo

Just as successful entrepreneurs have tactics for winning over obstacles, great writers have their secret strategies for overcoming this hurdle and getting their writings done every time. (Hint, hint: John Keats, the English poet, treated his writer's block by stopping and getting dressed in his best clothes).

Unblocking Writer's Block: 10 Ways to Free Your Mind

Angela Tung | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts
Angela Tung

A 1940s study found four different types of blocked writers: those who were anxious, those who took their anger out on others, those who were apathetic, and those who were hostile and disappointed.

How One Coach Got Me Off the Couch--and Inspired My Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.26.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

I'm the mother of three champion long distance runners. I honestly don't know how that happened, since I was never a runner. But I showed up at almost...

I Need Coffee: Make the Most of Pivot Points

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 03.21.2016 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

"I Need Coffee" is a monthly column on Huffington Post Books. INC (the initialism is deliberate) covers all sorts of writing topics, with an eye towar...

You Can't Write Without a Leap of Faith

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

The most important thing every writer has to do is take a leap of faith. What does that mean, exactly? That, no matter how stuck you are at the sta...

How to Overcome Your Fear and Turn Your Demons Into Art

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie | Posted 03.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Originally published on The Honeyed Quill My friend is living in an abusive situation. She is the first to admit that her situation has to change, an...

5 Easy Ways to Boost Creative Flow

Michelle Hart | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Michelle Hart

You wake up feeling great. You're ready to meet the day head on, finish your latest project and put your work out into the world with a smile. You get ready for the day, sit down to work, and then... nothing.

That Time I Attempted to Cure My Writer's Block by Throwing My High School Reunion

Brie Berman | Posted 02.24.2017 | Comedy
Brie Berman

All in all, it was a fine evening. I'm glad I hold a small piece of responsibility for putting it together. But just a heads up: In 30 years there's no way in hell I'm making 400 laminated badges. That's on you, Malibu!

Working Out of Writer's Block

Curtis Rogers | Posted 02.24.2017 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

Writing should be the least complicated thing I do. Like my relationship with my sons, writing is a task of joy and happiness with occasional rough patches. In both cases devotion and patience are required for it to work right.

'What Remains of Me,' A Conversation with Alison Gaylin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.23.2017 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Franco Vogt Bestselling author Alison Gaylin's first book, Hide Your Eyes received an Edgar Nomination. Her Shamus Award-winning novel, And Sh...

3 Ways to Find the Writing Voice You Never Really Lost

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.08.2017 | Books
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Life has a way of taking us away from ourselves in its acute and mundane manifestations, but it also can -- if we turn our attention to re-engaging our voice -- bring us right back to who we are, and what we have to say both on and off the page. Here are three DIY voice lessons.

How the Insanity of Baseball Stats Cured My Writer's Block... Sort Of

Denice Duff | Posted 02.05.2017 | Sports
Denice Duff

One afternoon, I was walking through the living room holding my lap top and a stack of used yellow lined writing pads. I heard the announcer lauding the praises of David Ortiz -- of the Boston Red Sox. I paused and looked at the TV.