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Dr. Caitlin O'Connell is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, The Elephant's Secret Sense (2007, Free Press), which highlights a novel form of elephant communication as well as their conservation plight. Her narrative nonfiction photo book An Elephant's Life (2011, Lyons Press) uses a graphic novel approach to revealing subtle and intimate aspects of elephant society. Her co-authored nonfiction children's book, The Elephant Scientist (2011, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books) won five awards, including the Rob ...more

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Caitlin O'Connell Writer's block can be triggered by a lot of things. I am learning to recognize the triggers and try to either avoid them or anticipate them with…moreWriter's block can be triggered by a lot of things. I am learning to recognize the triggers and try to either avoid them or anticipate them with additional tools to work through it. Arranging the desk just so, or avoiding the noise pollution in your head of opening the newspaper, for example. Whatever it is that ruins that meditative process of connecting your mind to the page.

When preventative measures have failed, I find physical exercise is an excellent tool to stave off a bout of writer's block that might be percolating or fully ensconced. Jogging in particular, swimming also good. Another thing that has helped a lot is to switch gears and do another piece of work or write an exercise in a different genre. Free writing can unstick the fingers and the mind.

I find having several different writing projects to work on in several different genres can help me keep writing by switching gears when I get stuck...kind of like the gears on a bicycle. Switch to a really low gear and keep spinning until you are confident enough to switch to a higher gear with a little more of a challenging writing task.

Recognize the triggers and work on developing the tools to break free! And the sooner the better because it can be a very dark and damaging place!(less)
Caitlin O'Connell I love the creative process. I love when a character takes a hold of the pen and writes themselves. It doesn't always happen and granted when it does…moreI love the creative process. I love when a character takes a hold of the pen and writes themselves. It doesn't always happen and granted when it does happen, the character might have to be reigned in here and there, but there is a freedom to writing as an abstract form that is truly transcendent. And because the themes of my writing tend to have an underlying cause, it's all the more rewarding when these themes resonate with an audience. In addition, since my goal is to convey science in an engaging way to the general public, it is all the more rewarding for me as a scientist to broaden my reach.(less)
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A mid size young bull literally got on his knees to spar with little Torn Ear from the Pharaohs family group yesterday.

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