Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing

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Dec. 7, 2014
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing
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Writing Scared: How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing

Editor's Notes

  1. http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1733 C. Jorge Cham 7/23/2014 Accessed: 27 September 2014
  2. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals
  3. What this does… Prolonged stress (more then 30-60 minutes) begins to break down the essential connections the hippocampus makes. This is the only region of the brain responsible for making new neurons, connections across our brain, controlling our emotions, and retaining new information. Too much cortisol (one of the hormones released when under stress) begins to literally kill brain cells! “Over a period of time, all of this results in the shrink­ing in size of the hip­pocam­pus with asso­ci­ated declines in cog­ni­tive func­tion, includ­ing the abil­ity to retain new infor­ma­tion and adapt to novel situations.” (Gregory Kellett, http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/02/05/stress-and-neural-wreckage-part-of-the-brain-plasticity-puzzle/) Kellet is a researcher at UCSF where he currently investigates the psychophysiology of social stress. However the effects of stress on the brain can not only be stopped but reversed! Good news for all of us in academia, right? http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1734 C. Jorge Cham 7/28/2014 Accessed 27 September 2014
  4. Magical thinking: our neurotic rituals that we turn to when we feel we have no control over our writing or its reception. (Earth to writer: we don’t have any control over others’ perceptions, however, we have complete control over our text, our writing practice, and the revision process.)
  5. Perfectionism is grounded in fear often leads to procrastination and writing blocks and then to panic http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1740 C. Jorge Cham 9/3/2014 Accessed 27 September 2014
  6. Susan Meindl, “Grad School Perfectionism Creates Stress, Anxiety and Depression Rather than Excellence,” http://EzineArticles.com/2210275
  7. http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1735 C. Jorge Cham 8/6/2014 Accessed 27 September 2014
  8. Yes, I know that the whole positive affirmations sounds really cheesy, too simple and that it couldn’t possibly work. Psychologists have found over and over again that it does though. And I’ll warn you that you’ll feel really silly and doubt its effectiveness at first until one day, you find yourself actually believing those positive statements and the compliments others give you.
  9. For those who have experience prolonged stress (pretty much every grad student), check out the research and resources for those who have experienced trauma – many of them are applicable. It’s not being melodramatic, as I would have thought before I gave it a try. Even if you’re skeptical, give the links above a shot. It certainly cannot hurt. Brené Brown is a shame and vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston. Her work is transformative. Read through her books slowly and journal along the way or get the cliff notes version in her talks and interviews.
  10. Magical thinking: our neurotic rituals that we turn to when we feel we have no control over our writing or its reception. (Earth to writer: we don’t have any control over others’ perceptions, however, we have complete control over our text, our writing practice, and the revision process.)