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Celebrate Light and Dark


Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Yule, New Year all celebrate the return of light out of a time of darkness. Even though winter starts today in the northern hemisphere, from this day forward, every day will be a little longer. The sun will rise a few minutes earlier and set a few minutes later each day. The […]

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Don’t Let the Holidays Block Your Writing


Brace yourself: the holidays are upon us. We have decorations to put up, presents to buy, cards to send, special dinners to cook and treats to bake, parties with co-workers, get-togethers with family and friends, and plays and concerts to attend. It’s a fact that most of us have more opportunities and obligations around the […]

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A Request from One Writer to Another


If BaneOfYourResistance is one of your favorite writing blogs, if my posts have given you insight, comfort, encouragement, information or practical advice that has helped you keep showing up for your writing, if you think other writers would benefit from knowing about this blog, I humbly request you nominate BaneOfYourResistance.com as one of the Top […]

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Thanks for the Resistance – Again!


If this Thanksgiving post sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve published it before. It bears repeating. As a writer, what do you give thanks for? Your computer? Teachers who taught you to read and write? Writers who inspire you? Your vision and the flexibility of your fingers and brain? Do you give thanks for your resistance? […]

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Writers Need Creative Play to Get Their Minds Wandering


Process is typically the most challenging habit for writers to dedicate time to. Creative play for the sake of play seems so frivolous  and non-productive. But before you ditch Process for the sake of something “more valuable,” consider my latest intel on how  play pays off: Process leads to mind-wandering, aka daydreaming, which in turns […]

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Why Writers Need Free-Range Brains


When was the last time you left your mind wander free? Ignored your work projects and To Do list? Unplugged from social media, stepped away from your computer, phone, tablet and TV and even stopped reading? Simply let your eyes take in what’s in front of you and let ideas bob to the surface and […]

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Free Your Writing With Limits


I love a good paradox and this is one of my favorites: the best way to set your creativity free is to impose creative constraints. Poets do it all the time. The sonnet, haiku, sestina, villanelle, quatrains, even the common limerick are all examples of the structures and constraints poets use to keep their writing […]

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Random Scene Generator: 10 Steps to Solve the “I don’t know what to write” Problem


A couple of years ago, I created a Random Scene Generator (RSG) as a birthday present for a friend to use when she wanted to kickstart her daily NaNoWriMo writing. Even if you aren’t doing NaNoWriMo, you can still play with the RSG. My friend, known as ShildeInMN to other Wrimos, says “You could call […]

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New Book Update: Structure Gives Writing Freedom to Evolve


My previous post introduced the paradox that imposing structure as I revise my novel gives me more creative freedom. This “structured freedom” allows characters and scenes to evolve with dissolving. How the Draft Evolves by Changing Locations This how my drafting evolved when I started adding new scenes for my new POV character Kat: Day […]

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New Book Update: Creating Freedom from Structure


I love possibilities. I prefer to keep my options open. Too much structure makes me feel like I’m straightjacketed. (I’m an NP on the MBTI if you know what I mean). But I’m imposing structure as I revise my novel and still enjoying creative spontaneity. I never imagined that so much freedom could come from […]

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