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Beyond Writer's Block-Now Available in Paperback
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Books by Dana Reed
· Grave Results Two-Blood Rites
· The Gatekeeper-Now Available in Paperback
· Sister Satan
· Unholy Alliance in Paperback--Released
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Publisher: ISBN-10:  BeyondWritersBlock Type: 


Copyright:  July 10, 2005

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ISBN 1-4116-4850-1. Soon to be availabe on Amazon and in Books in Print for ordering at your local bookstores.

Beyond Writer's Block is a treasure trove of information that can help turn your work into a saleable project.

Whether it be authoring a novel, screenplay, or learning the five important points of journalism, you'll be given the tools to write with. This includes the importance of premises, motivation, obstacles, characterization, using characters as tools to prove your premise, character interaction, dialogue, narrative, settings and locations in your work, and finally, how to format your work and submit it for sale. Illustrations included in several lessons for clarity.

Beyond Writer’s Block

Introduction - Believing in Yourself

About the Author

Edwina Berkman, whose pseudonym is Dana Reed, is the author of thirteen published novels counting Beyond Writer's Block. Seven were published by Dorchester under their Leisure Books line: Sister Satan, Deathbringer, The Gatekeeper, Demon Within, The Summoning, Margo and Hell Board. Several of the novels have sold out and been reprinted. Hell Board has been reprinted again and is now available for sale. Two of her novels are being sold in foreign markets—Brazil, Poland and England.

Currently, Denlinger's Publishers Ltd has published her two romantic thrillers—Dark Secrets; White Lies and Colors of Rage in paperback. Purchase information and links to the publisher are available on her web site at Both are also available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon online.

Two new occult novels--Grave Results and the sequel, Grave Results Two-Blood Rites--have been purchased by Publish America. Grave Results is out, Grave Results Two will be released later this year, both in paperback. The first novel is available on the publisher’s website under Dana Reed:, on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel online. The sequel can be purchased on these sites when released.

The author’s two murder mystery thrillers: Unholy Alliance and the second in the series: The Fifth Deadly Sin were published by ArcheBooks Publishing, Inc. in hardcover. Their site addy is Http:// The novels are available at the publisher’s website, ArcheBooks Publishing, Inc. on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel online, at Barnes and Nobel bookstores, at Borders Books and Music and Waldenbooks.

Edwina Berkman was also an investigative reporter who wrote hundreds of articles and had her own column. She's a state and county certified teaching instructor, and has taught creative writing to Adult Ed students in high schools, libraries, and to students on America Online.

Anyone Can Write!

Years ago, when I first began teaching creative writing, I did it with the strong belief that all thinking individuals are capable of either 'authoring' a novel, or writing a salable screenplay. The only thing most people lack is discipline--and the proper tools--to pull it off. As well, most beginning writers lack faith in their ability by believing that authors are born and not created. They read the latest bestseller in awe thinking this person, this author, must have some special quality that's been dealt to only a select few. I say nonsense! Anyone can write! It doesn't take a genius. Knowledge and know how is the only thing setting the average author aside from the average person. And that's what these tips are all about--to supply the needed information, and hopefully the inspiration as well, to turn burning desires and dreams into reality.

Anyone can write! This has been my motto for the past twenty years or so, ever since I sold my first novel. And one I so strongly believe that I am inviting all of you who read this message to write and relay your stories of success to me when your dreams are realized. You can reach me at the following email address:

To prove my point, here is a short example of students who more than achieved their goals. Mike W. is now the owner/editor of his own bi-weekly newspaper and writes several monthly columns for national magazines. Carolyn D. is owner/editor of a bi-monthly magazine dealing with new age issues. Randy S. has worked as an assistant editor/reporter and is now currently finishing a first novel. John S. writes a weekly column for a newspaper and is currently working on his first novel.

Because I’m a strong believer in the theory that anyone with proper training can become a professional writer/author, this book was written with the novice as well as the intermediary student in mind. After all, most great writers were not aware of their talents until something urged them to succeed. For you, this book could be the driving force that stimulates your creative energies to move in a similar direction.

The first question is: Do you believe you have talent? If you’re not sure, take the following quiz and find out. If you can answer yes to one or more of the following questions, then perhaps you have a talent for writing. If you answer five or more correctly then you might be what’s termed a natural born talent, and need only the proper tools of training to bring out the writer in you.

1. Have you ever described an event to another individual so vividly the other person almost ‘saw’ it happening through your eyes?

2. As a young child or teen, did you ever trade stories with friends? Like sit in a darkened room or around an open campfire and recount ghost stories?

3. Did you ever read a book or watch a movie in which you knew the ending before it came up?

4. Have you ever read a book or watched a movie in which the plot was so thin and so predictable it was disappointing? And you found yourself thinking of ways to improve the plot?

5. Do you daydream of ways to make your life more exciting?

6. Do you have a story within you that would make a wonderful novel or screenplay?

7. Do you write long letters to faraway friends and relatives telling them what’s been happening in your life since you last met?

8. As a youth, did you toy with short stories or poetry? Well that was the desire starting out.

In closing, good luck to all of you future authors and writers. And remember, the only people who fail in life are those who never try. And we know you’re going to try and succeed because taking this course makes you a winner at heart.

Learning To Deal With Writer's Block

Writer's Block has often been compared to the temporary death of the right side of your brain—the alleged creative side. You sit at the keyboard and stare at an empty screen while your soul literally screams for the proper thoughts in words and phrases to go on with your work.

After days of this you may even find yourself wondering if your career is over before it starts - in terms of a beginning writer. Or, as an established author, if your career is over, if the last work you've written is the last you'll ever do.

For most writers this is a nightmare, especially when working on a deadline. They agonize. They fret. Some even consider a sacrifice to the gods of creativity in return for reactivating their brains, even going so far as to offer their computers and word processors on a burning pyre in exchange for the ability to think.

Is writer's block really what it's supposed to be? Has the writer really run out of fresh ideas? Can he no longer write fast paced dialogue, or create interesting and unforgettable characters? Is he or she finished?

This is what most writers believe when it happens to them--but not me. Writer's block is caused by one of several things dealing directly with your current work. And it's a blessing, not a curse. When writer's block hits, I've learned years ago to get away from my writing, and to stay away until I find out why I'm blocked.

For one, it often happens when my sub-conscious, or in some cases my conscious mind, is dissatisfied with something I've already written. Whether it's a previous chapter or three chapters before what I'm currently working on, a sense in me is saying that a certain scene is wrong.

In the case of my sub-conscious mind, I don't even realize what the problem is until I distance myself from the work by either taking a walk or by going out shopping. Distancing myself usually clears my mind, giving me a chance to review the work as a whole. The review may be as simple as imaging each chapter in my mind or reading what I've already written. In doing so, you will generally find an error that sticks out like the old, proverbial sore thumb. It could be anything from a mistake in time frame to something as serious as too abrupt a change in your character's personality.

Believe it or not, your sub-conscious mind can be one of your best assets in writing. Mainly because it picks up and stores things you are not consciously aware of. Little errors you've skipped. So you find the error, make the change - end of writer's block.

In the case of your conscious mind, you may be aware of the error and your conscience is telling you to go back and make changes. But you're into Chapter Six and the error is in Chapter Three. You get lazy and fight the impulse. So what if I've made a mistake, you tell yourself? Everyone's entitled. But not everyone is writing a novel. So writer's block is going to remain until you make things right, because leaving the error as is will have a terrible effect on the novel and what your readers may think of you as a writer. They may think you're arrogant, or sloppy.

So, in desperation, you make the necessary changes - end of writer's block.

Sometimes writer's block is caused by a problem in the story line. You've written several chapters and it dawns on you that the plot you've laid out won't work--it's all wrong. So you moan, "Now I have to go back to my outline and do an entire rewrite. Oh, boy! What a mess!" You may even consider leaving the outline alone and maybe working around the flaws.

No way! For myself if I don't do a rewrite of the plot, knowing I should, the creative part of my brain nags me then closes down for an extended lunch break. I mean, how can I keep working on this particular novel when the plot I'm about to unfold clashes with what I've already written? So I do a rewrite - end of writer's block.

Writer's block can also be caused by a message from your brain telling you, ‘Enough is enough!’ After all, writing is hard work, both mentally and emotionally. It's draining. But writers are committed. Most have deadlines. They go into writing frenzies and force themselves to spend too many hours at the keyboard, or to spend too many consecutive days working. So the brain will go dead in an effort to tell you it's time to get away from your work.

For this last reason, you should choose a time period that you will spend writing each day and stick to it. If you say, "I'II write for three hours a day," and then work four or five, your brain may shut down in self-defense.

Also, no matter what, try to work a set number of days a week and that's it! I used to work seven days a week--weekends, holidays. I was getting burnt and suffering from attack after attack of writer's block. When I learned to limit my time to four or five days a week, I had less incidents of writer's block.

The final and most important cause of writer's block is a severe lack of confidence, AKA (Also Known As), the demon of despair. "My work is amateurish. It'll never sell. Why do I try?"

Why not?

You have as much chance as anyone. If your story line is unique, your characters interesting, your dialogue lively, and you follow the rules for putting your work together, like they say in that sneaker commercial, JUST DO IT! You'll never know if you don't try.

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Professional Reviews

I Highly Recommend This Book
“Anyone can write!” Thus is Dana Reed’s motto in this practical, no-nonsense book on how to “cure” writer’s block and stay motivated and prolific.

Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, whether you write novels, non-fiction, short stories, screenplays, or poetry, writer’s block is a nightmare for any writer. In this book, Reed explores the roots and causes of this “disease” and offers sound advice on how to beat it. Writer’s block might be the result of many things—from severe lack of self-confidence to overworking your brain. Most importantly, Reed suggests, the origin of writer’s block can often be a problem in the work itself, something the author may not even be aware of.

An accomplished author of more than a dozen books, Reed should know what she’s talking about. Divided into lessons targeting different aspects of writing, this is a book that both inspires, encourages and teaches the aspiring writer, and serves as reference for the already published author.

These are some of the topics the author explores in the book. Each one is illustrated with specific examples for clarity and easy understanding.

The Premise

Motivation/Character Development




Settings and Locations

Dialogue and Narrative

Colons, Ellipses, Double Hyphens, Italics

Suspense and Foreshadowing


Character Arcs

The Outline

High Concepts

Preparing Manuscripts for Submission

Copyrighting your Work


I highly recommend this book to those aspiring writers who are serious about doing their first piece of work, as well to published authors who would like a little “refreshing” into the mechanics of writing.

Published Author Mayra Calvani

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Reader Reviews for "Beyond Writer's Block-Now Available in Paperback"

Reviewed by Raebeth McGee 10/22/2009
This looks to be a very interesting book... I will definately add this to my "Got To Have" book list. Great job and well done.

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