How to use this site
Many people suffer from writer’s block. Our goal is to help you better understand and overcome the causes of these blocks by providing useful tools, methods and resources. Some of the people who can be helped by our site include:
People having to write dissertations
Artists– Composers, performers, painters
Fiction writers and screenwriters— just about everything on this site is aimed for you. Use your intuition and let us know how it’s going. Some of the tools with a Buddhist perspective like those in the book, Widening Stream, offer a way of living with one’s gift that can change one’s entire perspective.
Non-fiction writers may find the overview the most helpful.
Dissertation writers may find the traps the most useful. When I was at Michigan State, I helped a doctoral candidate in psychology complete her dissertation when we uncovered that her parents had given her the message that she was not to compete with her older brother, who did not have an advanced degree. That insight alone blew apart this writer’s block. So I hope that happens to you.
A sense of procrastination is another common form of writer’s block. Procrastination might be a sign that something has gone wrong or isn’t being attended to. In fact, procrastination may be a helpful symptom that something else in your life requires attention. If you are really stuck, you might want to consider investing in a few hours with an excellent psychotherapist with experience in treating people frustrated in their creative endeavors.
Students will find that creating imaginary audiences and coaches might be most helpful in the long-term.
Journalists might also find that creating an imaginary audience would be helpful. Use your intuition.
Two things help with all of these exercises — first, relax as best you can. See if you can eliminate interruptions, put aside some time. Secondly, play — creativity is a form of play. So if you can experiment with these ideas, you will find it easier to get a positive result.
A word about the hypnotic trances. If you are having a lot of trouble handling your emotions, or are having hallucinations, drinking excessively, or going without sleep for several days, or considering hurting yourself — go immediately for psychiatric help– and do not use these trances unless you are being supervised by a knowledgeable psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker.
Otherwise, these trances are light. You can come out of them anytime you want. I find the trances helpful. Some writers like Sue Grafton use self-hypnosis to produce more than she would without it. I sought a hypnotist after reading that the composer Sergei Rachmaninov couldn’t compose after his First Piano Concerto failed. He couldn’t compose a single line of music. So he went to a hypnotist who treated him briefly. The result– the Second and Third Piano Concertos– among the most popular pieces of classical music today.