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Demons of the Blank Page

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From the Author’s Preface:

During the ten years I taught in college, and the numerous writing conferences and workshops I have been a part of since then, I've heard volumes of advice about the technical aspects of writing. …In the conferences especially, there has been a lot of good practical information about finding an agent, attracting a publisher, and marketing a book o
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Nook, 140 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by AJAR Contemporaries
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Ashley
Sep 30, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Like most writers, I completely relate to the first demon: Writer’s Block. Mary Oliver wakes up every morning at 6:00 and writes for at least an hour. I have always admired writers who have such discipline. But, I have never been one of them. I tend to be one who is hit by a muse, pump out half of a first draft, and then leave it untouched for six months. Struggling to finish a piece is one of my greatest shortcomings. I have piles of unfinished manuscripts piled in my office that I can never ...more
Hillary Johnson
Jul 01, 2013 Hillary Johnson rated it it was amazing
Thank you Sterling Watson (again) for suggesting I read this wonderful book. If you are a writer or think you might be one, then you should read this book and probably keep it nearby when one of the demons strikes.

Roland Merullo has written the kind of book which can be just the right medicine for what ever ails you in your writing life. It's organized by lists of possible demons from writer's block through envy to success (yes, success has done a few writers in sometimes for a while, sometimes
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Feb 08, 2016 Morris Nelms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-booked-up
This book is an excellent read for anyone who is involved in creative, skill based activity. Were I a writer, I would probably read it often. It is similar to another of his books, Passion for Golf, in that the spiritual journey that occurs as one pursues a passion, avocation, or loved vocation is ultimately more important than anything else. Wise thoughts from a wise man.
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Jul 20, 2013 Taisha Rucker rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this because I loved the author's book, "Breakfast With the Buddha." It's thoughtful and wise as I expected. The chapter that details the care a writer needs to take when soliciting feedback makes perfect sense and will save relationships, if heeded.

It's a book I'm certain to re-read over the years of my writing life.
Careyleah
Sep 26, 2014 Careyleah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roland Merullo is my newest favorite author. This is great. About writing. If you write, read it. If you read, read it.
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ROLAND MERULLO is the acclaimed author of twelve previous books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, In Revere in Those Days, A Little Love Story, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha and American Savior. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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