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They say every writer needs a therapist. Now, thanks to "The Writer's Portable Therapist," you can have your therapy (less the hourly charge)-and write the Great American Novel, too. In this inspiring, instructive little volume, noted therapist, author, and perfect muse Rachel Ballon, Ph.D., sits on your shoulder whispering just the right thing at just the right time. Each ...more
Unknown Binding, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Adams Media Corporation (first published December 14th 2006)
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Your time is precious; don't waste it on this book. Ballon's advice, what little of it is actually useful, is no different than any other writing book, and it is filled with such patronizing cheerleading it made me sick. Ballon, as a writing psychotherapist, centers each chapter around a case study, which, due to patient confidentiality, is not really a case study by her own admission, but an amalgam of different clients. Because she allows herself creative license in relating these "case studie ...more
I'm a writer. I have writer's block. Have had it for a year or so. According to this book, ALL of the problems I've run into stem from a crappy childhood.

One thing, though -- I had a great childhood.

All "25" solutions (I'll give you a hint; there's only 1: blame it on your childhood and free-write away all your problems!) are pretty worthless. I wish that's all it took!
Mar 18, 2009 Kathryn added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to write something but thinks they can't
Okay, so I have had this overly busy, stressful thing going on for the past couple weeks and I bought this book a few months ago when I was going through the same thing and I wanted to write so bad but just could get the words out and this book (it really is portable--conveniantly small), in one of its sections ("I have nothing to say") it has really helped me to move past it a bit and actually CONSIDER that I DO have something to say. This isn't one that you read straight through--you just read ...more
Okay, so I started out really loving this book. It had a good premise and I really liked the originality of it. I've never heard of a psychotherapist who specializes with writers, so I think Rachel Ballon is a one-of-a kind aid. However there were several things that made me question her approach.

I feel that the writing sessions did help me immensely with getting words down. The time limit with the Fast Flow Writing method and the lack of a nagging internal editor are my favorite parts of the b
It started off alright, but eventually the advice became insulting, and her tone was really aggressive: stop making excuses, don't be a fatass, you don't run the world, etc. Even the business about Fast Flow Writing rubbed me the wrong way, because this is almost the exact same advice Julia Cameron gave decades ago called Morning Pages. Meh.
Erika Jaeger-smith
Useful. I can read bits from this book over and over for quick bursts of inspiration to write.
I loved "Blueprint for Writing" but this is just recycled hash.
a few good nuggets of advice/encouragement
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