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The Problem with Praise or How Good Intentions Can Cause Writer’s Block


You’d think that praise would be the one form of feedback that always benefits the person receiving it, but it’s not. As Charity pointed out in a comment, “I have a long and varied (and sometimes painful) relationship with feedback. Oddly enough, even praise has paralyzed me. I end up thinking: ‘Well, no way I […]

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Most Common — and Least Suspected — Cause of Writer’s Block and Resistance


What can put a writer who is engaged, excited, committed and making real progress into a tailspin that leaves her/him deflated, defeated, demotivated and questioning if s/he can finish this piece and if s/he should write at all? What can push a courageous writer away from a topic or particular piece of writing s/he was […]

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Feedback Can Cause or Cure Writer’s Block


As I mentioned in my previous post, feedback can be dangerous. Without direction, feedback can become veiled (and sometimes not so veiled) criticism and judgment that slams the brakes on your writing. Even well-meaning praise can block you. We need feedback to know where our writing is working and where it isn’t, but we need […]

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Looking for Feedback on Giving and Receiving Feedback?


If you’re looking for the article I mentioned about how to ask for feedback, here’s the link.

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