How To Overcome Writers’ Block And Presentation Anxiety.

From: Jens S

Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:02 PM

To: Walter Block <>

Subject: general question about academics

Hello Walter,

do you have any tips for people struggling to finish a degree?

My sister has a BA in Psychology. In order to get her Masters (from a university in Austria),

she only needs to finish her MA thesis and then defend it.

You have reached the highest position academia has to offer, so maybe you know

of some “silver bullets” to overcome writers’ block and presentation anxiety.

Thanks and Best Regards,


Dear Jens:

I have three suggestions.


Every time your sister writes, oh, 500 words on her masters essay, she should reward herself. How? I dunno. I nice dinner? Listening to Bach? Sleep late? Go for a swim? Whatever turns her crank


On any day should doesn’t do her assignment (is 500 words reasonable), she penalizes herself. No dessert? Set the alarm clock early? Whatever. this book:

Edelstein, Michael R. and David Ramsay Steele. 2019. Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. San Francisco, CA: Gallatin House

Best regards,



8:42 am on December 18, 2020