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Can Fam Physician. 1998 Jan;44:92-7.

Resolving writer's block.

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Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre, University of Ottawa Heart Institute. btd@cyberplus.ca

Abstract

PROBLEM BEING ADDRESSED:

Writer's block, or a distinctly uncomfortable inability to write, can interfere with professional productivity.

OBJECTIVE OF PROGRAM:

To identify writer's block and to outline suggestions for its early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

MAIN COMPONENTS OF PROGRAM:

Once the diagnosis has been established, a stepwise approach to care is recommended. Mild blockage can be resolved by evaluating and revising expectations, conducting a task analysis, and giving oneself positive feedback. Moderate blockage can be addressed by creative exercises, such as brainstorming and role-playing. Recalcitrant blockage can be resolved with therapy. Writer's block can be prevented by taking opportunities to write at the beginning of projects, working with a supportive group of people, and cultivating an ongoing interest in writing.

CONCLUSIONS:

Writer's block is a highly treatable condition. A systematic approach can help to alleviate anxiety, build confidence, and give people the information they need to work productively.

PMID:
9481467
PMCID:
PMC2277565
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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