Archive | May, 2009

Writing Life Lessons: When All Else Fails, Use Chocolate


“Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.” “When in doubt, just take the next small step.” “You can get through anything if you stay put in today.” These are lessons in Regina Brett’s article “45 Life Lessons and 5 to Grow On” published in The Plain Dealer, Columbus OH back in 2006. Apparently, the […]

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15 Magic Minutes


In my last post, I talked about how you can move your writing forward by expanding your perception of ‘writing time’ to Product Time, which includes not only drafting, revising and editing, but all the other things a writer needs to do to complete a writing project. The very best part of Product Time is […]

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Honor Product Time to Honor Creative Process


In my response to a comment from Mary (who was in my Writer’s Resistance class), I mentioned showing up for Product Time (something we talked about in that class), so this is probably a good time to explain what I mean by Product Time. When I coach writers and teach the Writing Habit and Brain […]

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Sic Transit the Writing Life


In ancient Rome, when a general or emperor achieved a major success, he was celebrated with a parade, called a Triumphus, where he rode a chariot pulled by white horses through the city while the crowds cheered. Two servants (probably slaves, this was ancient Rome after all) rode in the chariot with him – one […]

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Relax Already (Neurology of Resistance Part 2)


After the last post on the Neurology of Resistance, many of you may be thinking “Okay, so writing resistance is normal and I don’t have to feel guilty or embarrassed, and that’s a huge relief, but what do I do next? How do I get past resistance and start writing again?” The key is the […]

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Neurology of Resistance: Limbic System vs. Cerebral Cortex


“Before this class, I thought there was something wrong with me – that I must not really want to be a writer since I wasn’t writing. Now I know there’s neurological and psychological reasons for it and, even better, there are solutions! I’ve written more in the past few weeks than I did in the […]

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