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Writing from the Inside Out
Transforming Your Psychological Blocks to Release the Writer Within

Palumbo, Dennis
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, USA
Year Published:  2000  
Pages:  241pp   ISBN:  0-471-38266-3
Resource Type:  Book

Palumbo encourages writers to use their fears, doubts and stress to construct their stories, instead of trying to overcome them.

Abstract:  Writing from the Inside Out introduces a new way of overcoming writer's block, anxiety and procrastination. Written by a psychotherapist, the book encourages writers to use their fears, doubts and stress to construct their stories instead of trying to overcome them. Our human emotions and most basic trials are what go into a good story. Palumbo recommends using your "stuff" to tell your tale, instead of burying it.

Claiming that all writers suffer from self-doubt and anxiety, Palumbo uses a program that has gained much practice in his personal therapy sessions for writers. In Part 1: The Writing Life he explains how our personal issues can cause us to block ourselves, and only by uncovering the true
problem can we benefit from our own experiences. The subsequent sections are called You Are Enough, Grist for the Mill, The Real World, Page Fright, Hanging On, and Dispatches from the Front. While the book offers no quick-fixes or step-by-step solutions, it can help writers of all kinds to identify what is causing them stress and to use it to make their work more human. Palumbo claims that it is these factors that can add depth and meaning to a story.

[Abstract by Mia Manns]



Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Part One THE WRITING LIFE

Writer's Block
Your Body
Inspiration
The Buddy System
It's Alive
Your "Precious Darlings"
Writings Begets Writing

Part Two YOU ARE ENOUGH

Simple, but Not Easy
What Really Happened
"For I Have Done Good Work"
One the Couch
"You're No John Updike!"

Part Three GRIST FOR THE MILL

Envy
Faith and Doubt
Fear
The Judge
Double-Barreled Blues
Myths, Fairy Tales, and Woody Allen
The Long View

Part Four THE REAL WORLD

The Pitch
Rejection
That Sinking Feeling
Reinventing Yourself
Deadline Dread
Three Hand Truths

Part Five PAGE FRIGHT

Gumption Traps
Procrastination
Patience
Perspective
In Praise of Goofing Off
Writing about Dogs
Going the Distance

Part Six THE REAL WORLD, PART II

Agents
Home of the Heart
The Unknown
Lately, I Don't Like Things I Love
Ageism

Part Seven HANGING ON

Commitment
News Flash: Writing Is Hard!
Burnout: A Modest Proposal
A Writer's Library
A Stillness That Characterizes Prayer

Part Eight DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT

Phone Call from Paradise
The Idea Man
I've Come a Long Way on Paper
Loneliness
Larry: A True Story

Conclusion

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