I'm looking for movies about a depressed/blocked writer who breaks through and regains his or her creative spark! (Preferably not through hokey means like hooking up with a manic pixie dream girl/boy.) Can also be any type of creative person, not necessarily a writer. Any suggestions appreciated!
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]
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]
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]
I need advice on how to finish this master's thesis that is consuming me with guilt, anxiety and helplessness [more inside]
Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
How do I successfully develop a morning writing routine without giving up my night owl lifestyle? Is this even feasible? [more inside]
I'm worried my writer's block is about to get me fired. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What does your writer's block feel like? [more inside]
On a related theme to this question, how can I recover my writing mojo after nearly a decade's hiatus? [more inside]
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]
Should I blog about writer's block? What will my clients think? [more inside]
Why does this happen when I free write? [more inside]
How do I improve my writing style? [more inside]
How can I force myself to write? [more inside]
I can make music. How do I make songs? [more inside]
How can I revive a dead novel? [more inside]
Academic writer's block: tips, strategies, experiences, psychology for dealing with it? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.