Using Brain Science to
Answer the Writer’s
What the heck is going on
in my brain when I want to write
— but can’t?
- Want to write more (more often, more freely, more effectively) but just can’t get started and keep going?
- Allow worry over criticism or rejection keep you from writing?
- Remember ten other things that you must do whenever you get ready to write?
- Have great ideas while driving or in the shower, but go blank when you sit down at the keyboard?
- Sabotage your own best efforts with excessive self-criticism, missed deadlines, lost files, and lost opportunities?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the good news is that you’re not lazy, undisciplined, or lacking in willpower, talent or ambition. You just need to learn what’s happening inside your brain. So, stop blaming yourself and start harnessing the power of brain science to overcome resistance and develop a productive writing habit.
For over 20 years, writing teacher and creativity coach Rosanne Bane has given thousands of writers the tools to bust through writer’s block and other forms of writing resistance.
In Around the Writer’s Block, Bane uses the latest breakthroughs in brain science to help you understand where writing resistance comes from – a fight-or-flight response hard-wired into our brain, which can make us desperate to avoid the sources of our anxieties – and the only truly effective way to solve that resistance.
Bane’s three-part plan rewires the brain’s responses to the anxiety of writing, helping you develop new, reliable writing habits, leave stress and anxiety behind, and become the writer you’ve always wanted to be.
Praise for Around the Writer’s Block
“Bane takes a novel approach, using recent neurological research to explain why we resist what we most love to do, and how to alter our habits — and thus our brain — for maximum success….
Around the Writer’s Block balances sophisticated neurological information with the author’s gentle reminder to treat ourselves with kindness….
Bane’s book illuminates writer’s block for those who struggle, as well as skeptics. Thanks to her engaging exploration, I understand how to help my own students when they complain about their inability to put words on a page.” – Melissa Hart, The Writer, October 2012.
“Rosanne Bane understands not only the resistance all writers face but the neurological basis of that resistance. Her ingenious application of research about our brains to the process of writing and her wise counsel overall can help writers at every level.”- Ralph Keyes, author of The Courage to Write and The Writer’s Book of Hope
“Conpared to the ubiquitous ‘inspirational’ artists’ guides that seem determined to free your inner child and invite angels to perch on your shoulder, the approach taken by Rosanne Bane in Around The Writer’s Block strikes me as singularly refreshing and intelligent. Bane introduces the many obstacles commonly lumped under the heading of “artist’s block” by providing detailed descriptions of how different parts of the brain connect and interact when faced with different mental challenges – and then uses that knowledge to fashion responses artists can use to good advantage as they set about trying to get at the writing they need to do.” - Ted Orland, co-author of Art and Fear
“Around the Writer’s Block gives writers the tools we need to tackle the resistance born inside our own brains. And the best part? You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to put Rosanne Bane’s practical and profound advice to immediate use in accelerating towards your own writing goals!” – Lisa Bullard, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award-winning author of Trick or Treat on Milton Street and Not Enough
“Rosanne Bane has addressed all the excuses that keep us writers from producing.”- Pierce J. Howard, Ph.D., Managing Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies and author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain
“Rosanne Bane’s Around the Writers’ Block was a book I could only read in short bursts because it so inspired me to get off my butt and write that I had to set the book down and tackle my own creative projects instead!” – Tate Hallaway, bestselling author of Tall, Dark & Dead
“Rosanne Bane’s compassion for writers struggling with writer’s block (and more subtle forms of resistance) combined with the ability to explain in clear, simple language how brain science applies to writers make this book a gift to both aspiring and established writers. Around the Writer’s Block gives writers everywhere the information, habits and tools they need to work through writing resistance.”- Brian Malloy, author of The Year of Ice, Brendan Wolf and Twelve Long Months
“Practical and energizing, Rosanne Bane’s valuable exercises and healthy habits can successfully retrain your brain and creative spirit to manifest the dream that’s in your heart.” – Mary Carroll Moore, award-winning author of Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book