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Late in the Day

by Tessa Hadley

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Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley
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    Jan 2019, 288 pages
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Creative Blocks

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Writer's BlockMany writers, artists, and other creatives experience the occasional block – an inability to create or a sudden lack of ideas for moving forward with their work. Both Alex and Christine deal with this issue in Tessa Hadley's Late in the Day, and for Alex the block spans many years. The term creative block was coined in 1947 by Dr. Edmund Bergler, an Austrian psychiatrist and disciple of Sigmund Freud. He described the condition as a person's "unconscious wish to defeat one's conscious aims, and to enjoy that self-constructed defeat." There is something to this definition, but not every creative block is the result of inadvertent self-sabotage.

These blocks are almost always psychological in nature, and perhaps the most common cause is insecurity or self-doubt. A person may feel that their work is not good enough, that it will be rejected or even ridiculed by others. Self-criticism can be paralyzing. Individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression may find overcoming a block ...

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