Lost Highway Blues Rules Of The Road: BE A MISFIT (NOT A FAILURE)

I experienced writer’s block for the first time when I finished graduate school and started teaching at Indiana University. When I got to Indiana, I was expected to revise my dissertation for publication. After a year and a half of work, I had revised less than half of it. By the middle of my second year at IU, my senior colleagues were expressing concern that I was falling so far behind schedule that my chances of being recommended for tenure were in jeopardy. I began to feel like a failure.

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Lost Highway Blues Rules of the Road: DON’T WRITE A RESUME

In my first blog post, I talked about how I don’t like to write and how I discovered this when I took a creative writing class my freshman year in college. As is usually the case, the story is actually a little bit more complicated.

I very much enjoyed writing some of my college papers. In my junior year, for example, I took a class on the psychology of the unconscious. I didn’t particularly like the class but I loved writing the final paper. I was interested in how contemporary psychological theories understood an old religious question: Do we come…Read More

Lost Highway Blues Rules of the Road: DON’T DO WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT

For me, the most daunting challenge of starting a website was facing up to the fact that I’d have to write on a regular basis. I don’t like to write. I consider not having to write one of the perks of my work as a therapist.

I struggled for months over how to communicate regularly to my subscribers. I thought about a podcast. I thought about using other people’s articles. Neither of those alternatives felt right.

One night as I was falling asleep I realized that the struggles I was having with writing might be related to the struggles of finding…Read More