On Writer's Block

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Houghton Mifflin, Mar 1, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 191 pages
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Creative blocks are as old as the written word and a source of guilt and frustration that have afflicted the lives of many of the greatest writers and artists. Yet such mysterious creative silences need not be feared. Rather, argues Victoria Nelson, they should be viewed as a positive element in a writer's or artist's growth, the unconscious mind's signal to readjust the approach to a work in progress. By defining the true nature of this condition and developing an understanding of its varied origins, the author shows writers and artists how to reestablish contact with their creative selves.

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Contents

What Writers Block Means
1
The Beginners Block
10
The Myth of Procrastination
27
The MasterSlave Relationship
34
Perfectionism and Criticism
48
Excessive Ambition
63
The Myth of Unlimited Possibilities
76
Notes and Plans That Refuse to Make a Book
86
Forcing Talent into the Wrong Mold
107
When Society Imposes the False Persona
118
Using Writing to Hide from Life
129
Success and Writers Block
144
Active Silence
162
The Person from Porlock
171
notes
175
INDEX
183

Writing over the Block Obsessive Rewriting
98
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About the author (1993)

Nelson is an independent scholar living in California. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Hawaii.

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