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Why Dogs Make Us Better Writers


For fourteen and a half years, my dog Blue was my… there really aren’t words to describe what a dog can be to a human. Someday maybe I’ll give it a go. The best I can do today is that she was my heart. Not my whole heart, because there are many others I love, […]

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Train Yourself to Resist Resistance: Second Trick


In the previous post, I promised that you can train your brain to follow two simple commands that will transform your writing no matter how resistant you are. The first was Sit-Stay. The second is: Pay Attention To the trainer, Pay Attention means “look at me, make eye contact with me” (which is why some […]

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Train Yourself to Resist Resistance


No matter how much or how long you’ve been resisting your writing, how much you procrastinate, postpone, distract yourself, or chase your own tail in pursuit of perfection, two simple tricks will change everything. Well-trained dogs respond to these commands and you can train your brain to respond, too. Yes, I know people are more […]

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Are You Lying about Your Writing? To Yourself?


As Lisa Cron, author of the fabulous writers’ guides Wired for Story and Story Genius, explains in her TEDx Talk, our brains evolved to attend to, engage in and learn from stories. The title of her first book is literal: we are wired for story. Your brain is a fabulous storyteller. You make up more […]

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Want to Write Better? (Part 2) Give Your Brain a Makeover!


What will smart writers’ brains be wearing this summer? Whatever it is, it needs to be different from what your brain wore last season. Because your brain needs a makeover — a cognitive style makeover. If your brain is resistant to the idea of a cognitive style makeover, and really, what brain isn’t, remember that […]

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Want to Write Better? Think Different!


In our previous post, we explored how your brain is naturally creative, always making new associations and connections, but that you don’t notice because your brain prefers rational, logical thinking so much it drowns out other styles of cognition. Allan Snyder’s research suggests that we can increase our awareness of our creativity by temporarily inhibiting […]

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Don’t Let Logic Eclipse Your Creative Writing


You know, of course, that stars don’t “come out” at night. They are always there emitting the same amount of light all day, all night. We just can’t see the stars until the sun “sets,” or more correctly, until the part of the planet you’re standing on rotates away from the sun enough to escape […]

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Waiting to Be Inspired to Write? You’ve Got It Backwards!


How would you feel if you were playing hide-and-seek and no one came to find you? What if it turned out you were “It” and everyone else was waiting for you to find them? Are you playing a backwards game of hide-and-seek with your writing? Are you hiding, waiting for inspiration to find you when […]

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Let Your Writing Scare You


I have a miserable cold. Actually, the cold virus is probably quite content; I’m miserable. Creative cognition seems beyond me, so I invite you to appreciate this video. George Saunders will assure you that “It’s scary to not know where a story is going.” How is that reassuring? Because writing should be scary. Settle in […]

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Top 10 Routes thru Writer’s Resistance: Guest Post by C. L. Blacke


When I read C. L. Blacke’s blog about cultivating a writing practice, I knew you’d want to learn more about her routes around, over and through resistance. C.L. reports that, in the early years, trying to overcome writing resistance “felt like smashing my head against a wall and expecting it to move.” When she finally […]

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