When Writer's Block is Connected to Depression

Column by Jay Wilburn April 27, 2022
Writer's Block can be a scary thing, especially when it stems from depression. There are things you can do to address it, though.

Rituals to Help Conquer the Blank Page

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Some witchy tips to help conquer writer's block.

Five Books To Optimize Workflow And Avoid Burnout

Column by Andrea J. Johnson April 19, 2021
Five writer productivity books that emphasize stress reduction and creative renewal.

Skipp's Self-Isolating ABC’S of the COVID-19 (Stage One)

Column by John Skipp May 25, 2020
Enjoy these COVID stories from Skipp, all bundled together using the ABC model. May they inspire you to construct your own.

The "When" Guide for Writers: Master the Science of Perfect Timing (Part 1)

Column by Fred Venturini
Fred Venturini discusses how Dan Pink's latest book, "When," offers insight into the creative process, and how writers can best put its principles to use.

Storm the Brain! 15 Methods to Get Unstuck, Prompt Ideas, and Solve Problems

Column by Annie Neugebauer November 3, 2017
From going for a long walk to asking dozens of questions with no answers, here are 15 methods to pull yourself out of a rut, squeeze through a rock & a hard place, or bounce back from hitting a wall.

Out of Inspiration? Turn to Writing Prompts

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
Kickstart your creativity with the help of a treasure trove of prompts.

Find A Buddy: 6 Reasons You Should Co-Write Your Stuff

Column by J. David Osborne
After spending three years relatively isolated in Oregon, I rediscovered the value of collaboration and co-writing.

How Do You Know When Your Writing Career Is Over?

Column by Ed Sikov May 24, 2017
At what point can you consider yourself a writer? And how do you know when it's time to call it quits?

Why Working a Shitty Job Makes You a Better Writer

Column by Max Booth III March 10, 2016
Terrible jobs can train writers how to survive in a world that is constantly attempting to take a dump on their heads.

12 Productive Ways to be Unproductive

Column by Leah Dearborn September 28, 2015
Procrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.

35 Reasons You Are a Terrible Writer and Should Give Up Immediately

Column by Max Booth III September 21, 2015
Face it. You are never going to be a good writer. Here's why.

How to Be a Writer (According to Hollywood)

Column by Max Booth III September 11, 2015
It is a true art, being a writer inside of a movie. Not many can pull it off—but those who do usually die from alcohol poisoning.

Storyville: Writer’s Block—Where It Comes From, and How to Break Through

Column by Richard Thomas June 24, 2015
Information on where writer's block comes from, and how to fix it.

5 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Character

Column by Raine Winters June 23, 2015
These tips and tricks may help you find love again!

The Top 10 Excuses For Not Writing

Column by Ed Sikov September 2, 2014
A list of suggested excuses for writers who just can't manage to get any writing done.

Writer Burnout: What To Do When You're Done

Column by Leah Rhyne May 30, 2014
No matter how much you love what you do (or what you write), sometimes you burn out. Here's one writer's tale of burnout, implosion, and eventual re-ignition.

4 Signs That You're Not Writing Enough...and 4 Things You Can Do About It

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard May 23, 2014
Once you had the good stuff, But now it feels like a bluff? Here's some tips to get tough, And start writing enough...or at least more.

How Stress Assassinates Creativity

Column by Rob Blair Young April 10, 2014
A look at the ways stress interferes with creativity, including some studies on how creativity and effectiveness improve when we enter non-stressed states.

On Writer's Constipation, The Sophomore Slump and Zombies

Column by Dana Fredsti April 3, 2013
Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.

7 Strategies to Outsmart Writer's Block

Column by Rob Blair Young January 16, 2013
A brief look at the neuroscience and psychology of writer's block, along with seven strategies for how you can outsmart this adversary of writers around the world.

You’ll Never Write In This Town (Or Any Other Town) Again! 5 Ways To Survive and Overcome Creative Burnout.

Column by Keith Rawson May 10, 2012
Keith Rawson details his long stint of creative burnout and how he managed to work past it.

The Myth of Writer’s Block

Column by Jon Gingerich February 9, 2012
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.

Un-Building Blocks: What to Do When You Can’t Do It

Column by Ed Sikov February 9, 2012
A humorous look at every writer's worst nightmare: writer's block.