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I can put together words so that they sound nice. I can't write. Why?

All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 7, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me JUST CLICK REPLY ALREADY.

I regularly flake on email responses-- both personal and professional. (I have all the comorbidities you'd expect: ADHD, perfectionism, perpetual writer's block, mild social anxiety, introversion, disorganization, procrastination/avoidant tendencies.) I'm starting a new job and need this particular behavior to stop forthwith. Short of completely overhauling my whole effed-up executive function, is there an ironclad system I can implement to ensure that every single one of those emails gets answered punctually? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jul 11, 2014 - 18 answers

mentally paralyzed, but I need to write and present a talk in two weeks: help?

I have major writer's block compounded by panic, anxiety, plummeting self-worth and a whole host of problems, but I have to deliver this talk in two weeks. Snowflakey details within. Please help. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Oct 31, 2012 - 14 answers

I simply KANT write my thesis...help me?

I need advice on how to finish this master's thesis that is consuming me with guilt, anxiety and helplessness [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jun 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?

Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Sep 17, 2011 - 14 answers

How to develop a writing schedule without sacrificing something important to me

How do I successfully develop a morning writing routine without giving up my night owl lifestyle? Is this even feasible? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Sep 1, 2011 - 9 answers

My writer's block is about to get me fired.

I'm worried my writer's block is about to get me fired. [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Jul 5, 2011 - 40 answers

How do I work out what to write about?

I’m a talented hack who can’t think of a long-term personal writing project. Any ideas for how I work this out? [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers

I need someone to help starting a paper vicariously through me

I have always had trouble writing academic papers as a student. I do fine once I have a plan for a paper in a topic I'm interested in, but I can't seem to be able to focus on finding one. Can anyone think of a cool topic for a coherent four page research paper written at the level of review on microbial evolution related to one of the themes inside? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 23, 2010 - 5 answers

I can never come up with a title.

I've been given the opportunity to write a weekly tech/computer/electronics column for my local paper and although I have plenty of column ideas I can't for the life of me come up with a name for it. So I'm asking the Hive Mind: what should I call it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank on May 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Describe Your Writer's Block

What does your writer's block feel like? [more inside]
posted by lore on Mar 24, 2010 - 17 answers

There's a reason they call it a cursor

On a related theme to this question, how can I recover my writing mojo after nearly a decade's hiatus? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Dec 31, 2009 - 12 answers

I can't think of any famous hellholes.

A friend of mine is writing a memoir about traveling to every country in Europe at the age of 23. He wants to compare being stuck in a crappy part of Romania to a well known literary or film hellhole. We can't think of any. [more inside]
posted by Jason Land on Oct 8, 2009 - 25 answers

Can I blog about writer's block?

Should I blog about writer's block? What will my clients think? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Aug 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Odd free writing behaviour

Why does this happen when I free write? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Jun 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Improving writing style

How do I improve my writing style? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 20, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I force myself to write?

How can I force myself to write? [more inside]
posted by blocked on Sep 22, 2008 - 37 answers

How do I make songs?

I can make music. How do I make songs? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Jan 6, 2008 - 19 answers

Breathe! Damn you, breathe!

How can I revive a dead novel? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 22, 2007 - 19 answers

Academic writer's block.

Academic writer's block: tips, strategies, experiences, psychology for dealing with it? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Sep 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Writers block: web burnout?

I used to consider myself a decent writer. It was one of those things that I did well. Over the last few years though I can hardly seem to link two cohesive sentences together. Those last few years also seem to coincide with my entrance into working on the web. Does anyone have any tips for learning how to write again? [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Dec 6, 2004 - 14 answers

Jump-start my writing process!

OK, I'm trying to write my latest masterpiece, and I'm doing everything but... Any tips on writing routines? Not blocked, as such. Plain lazy is a definite possibility. But seriously, anybody have a fail-safe way to get up in the morning and get going?
posted by klaatu on Apr 14, 2004 - 21 answers

How do you keep from getting distracted while writing?

Question for all you writers out there: how do you keep from getting distracted? What's your technique to get into the zone, focus, and let the verbiage just flow? Any and all help would be appreciated.
posted by wanderingmind on Jan 26, 2004 - 30 answers

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