How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Writer’s Block: Part One

Welcome to another guest segment of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ where host Kelton Reid picks the brain of a neuroscientist about the elements of great writing. This week’s show covers some possible origins and solutions to an ailment known only to writers.

Research scientist Michael Grybko, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, returned to help Kelton pinpoint the mysteries of writer’s block from a scientific standpoint.

If you missed the first three installments of The Writer’s Brain — on How Neuroscience Defines Creativity, Empathy, and Storytelling — you can find all of them in the show notes and on

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In Part One of the file Michael and Kelton discuss:

  • Why Writers Argue about the Definition of Writer’s Block
  • What Happens When Your Creativity Dries Up
  • How to Find Your Most Productive Writing Time
  • Why Writers Need to Unplug to Recharge
  • How an ‘Incubation Phase’ Can Improve Your Writing


The Show Notes