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I had a version of this problem for 20 years as a writer. Then I finally solved it. I was writing as an amateur, and for amateur reasons. I was looking for fame, for praise, for adulation. I was writing towards the dream of people reading my words and loving them, which meant loving me. I was forever gunning for a goal, racing for the finish line, trying to ...


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The other responses give wonderful advice that alleviate the symptoms. I find the root cause for my own block is perfectionism. Becoming enveloped in the world I’m trying to portray, writing as many details as possible, mentally watching the characters, describing their inner worlds etc. Over months, it feels as if this is a part of me. When I give it to ...


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Sciborg's excellent answer tells the truth plain and simple. I'd like to add a few psychological tricks to make the process hurt a little less. If you are a parent to a young child or know someone who is, you might have noticed young children can and will rewatch the same episode of the same show over and over again. Why? Because their brains are still ...


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As somebody who has lots of story ideas but really struggles to get them written to completion, I can personally relate to this, and I would love to offer some advice that helped me to get through this problem. Hopefully it will help you too! What happened to me Over the past few months, I've been writing a cyberpunk detective story. It's a new genre venture ...


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Power trios are often "Freudian trios." One of the best arguments I've seen about the psychology of power trios is that each trio has a character that loosely represents Freud's psychoanalytic theory of mind. That is, there is one character each for the id, superego and ego, where the id character is impulsive, emotional, and/or primarily driven ...


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