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Writers' Block

'My Struggle' in Reading Karl Ove Knausgaard in The New York Times Magazine

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.02.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

Now, I know I'm risking mailbags of angry letters from his millions of fans, but one of the fascinating things about Knausgaard is that he has nothing to say. Nothing interesting, that is.

Am I 'Just' A Mommy Blogger?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I'm sitting at Starbucks. It's 7:05 p.m.. I have a notebook with me. I have doubts about trying to record my thoughts here, in this way, but I've seen so many people do it, that I am willing to give it a go.

5 Things Published Authors Know (and You Can Master)

Nicola Kraus | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Nicola Kraus

Here is what a first draft is: it's the paint you mixed. It's the marble you quarried. It's the first in-costume run-through. Do not belabor your first draft. Just get it done so you can sit back after a few weeks' distance and start to play. Yes, I said play.

A New Way to Watch What You Eat

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

I can't say I wouldn't pick abundance over paucity, given the choice. A Buddha might. I'm just an ordinary person who still likes to eat bacon. But in my experience, it's definitely been true that happiness tastes better when it isn't what's always in the bowl.

One No Fail Writer's Routine

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I get off the floor and sit back at my desk. If no ideas are immediately forthcoming, I go upstairs to use my neti pot to unblock my sinus passages so oxygen can move freely to my brain; I blow my nose and return to my desk.

How to Break Through Writer's Block... by Sitting Around Doing Nothing (Except Meditating!)

Amy Spies | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts
Amy Spies

Mindfulness helps me acknowledge my self-critical distractions, embrace the present of momentary sensations, scents, feelings, inhales, and then exhale it into my writing.

Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Nicole Leigh West

My first novel was coming. Although a published travel writer, I hadn't ventured into serious novel writing before. A lucky break led to my imagination being plunged into a ready-made atmosphere, just waiting to be peopled with quirky characters and magical adventures.

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

5 Tips for Curing Writer's Block

Abby Draper | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Abby Draper

Writing is a thoughtful process that takes a lot of time and energy. It won't always be fun or perfect, but having a story to tell is a powerful thing. Don't let it go to waste.

5 Steps to Becoming Creative on Command

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

You're a writer. It's your job to put words on the page. So you have a writing session here and there. But then the inevitable happens -- you get a case of writer's block.

Writing Tips from Maui

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I'm in Maui this week -- on a family vacation I've long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I've felt unexpected longings.

8 Steps to Kill Writer's Block and Dance With the Muse

Leah Lamb | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Leah Lamb

If you are living in the illusion that you are creating all on your own and are feeling disconnected from the genius... I hope these tips help you break on through to the other side.

Writers Block: The End of Summer Excuses

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I put aside time this summer to write my book. I had a house on the beach in Rhode Island, and a firm commitment to finish by the end of August.

Micro-Roasted Writing: 3 Mindful Writing Tips to Move Beyond Writer's Block

Mark W. Guay | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

You can also use these writing techniques to identify your passion and purpose because all of these writing strategies are meta-cognitive in nature, which is a big fancy word that means you call attention to your thoughts and think about your own thinking.

Now We Begin Again

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | San Francisco
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

Twenty-one years ago, as a young woman wandering around India on a one-way plane ticket and having never published anything, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, a great holy man who I met in Southern India, said to me, "Mariana will write things for people all over the world to read!"

Smashing Through the Writer's Block

Laura M. Artis | Posted 10.14.2014 | Books
Laura M. Artis

Just as you start getting into the swing of things, daydream of marrying words into paper forever at your leisure -somewhere on a remote beach -- suddenly, you run into the Armageddon of all problems -- writer's block.

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.

How Being a Writer is Like Being a Parent

Abby Heugel | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Abby Heugel

Most people I know do have kids, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the toils and troubles that most parents face. Given what they say on a regular basis, I realized that being a writer isn't all that different from being a parent at times.

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Ashley Hardaway

"How did you become a writer?" The first time I was asked this, I felt like a fraud. I too, have asked this question.

Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.

How Long Does a Novel Take to Write?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I binged this past weekend. Not on reality TV or chocolate or martinis, but on writing. I booked a cheap off-season condo in Maine and wrote 17,822 words.

How Writing For The TV Show Community Cured Me

Andy Bobrow | Posted 07.19.2014 | TV
Andy Bobrow

This is something I have never talked about publicly. Five years ago, shortly after my beautiful daughter's third birthday, I was diagnosed with advanced SWS -- Shit Writing Syndrome.

A Rabbinic Take on 'Limitless'

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

I thought it would be wonderful to be able to take a pill and suddenly become an analytical savant. I did not do this, but Eddie Morra in the intense drama Limitless does.

Sue Monk Kidd Shares Her Trick To Overcome Writer's Block

OWN | Posted 04.16.2014 | OWN

Sue Monk Kidd's decades-long writing career has produced a host of bestselling books, from the literary phenomenon The Secret Life of Bees to the late...

On Becoming a Writer Who Writes

TueNight | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
TueNight

Until recently, I never shared a real piece of myself with a reader. I rarely wrote about things that moved me at my core and even when I did, in my head, there was too much at stake to share those personal reflections.