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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Writer’s Block Can’t Hit a Moving Target


Movement begets movement

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I really miss drafting AWB (my book Around the Writer’s Block).  I finally decided to stop waiting and take action. I emailed my agent and found out that Gaby, my editor at Tarcher, will edit my book manuscript in May and send feedback in June.

Just knowing I’ll be revising AWB in June is motivating me to start many other book-related tasks that up til now I’ve left languish on the To Do list (like creating a list of index entries, researching social media and making strides with publicity efforts).

That’s the magic of taking even just a small step: movement begets movement. Just one email can trigger an avalanche of activity. The trick, of course, is to make sure you’re moving in the right direction. But if you’re feeling immobilized by resistance, just about any movement is a good idea. It’s a lot easier to adjust the direction when you’re moving than it is from a dead stop.

June is going to be a full, exciting and satisfying month! I’m psyched that I’ll start teaching my first online class, Entering the Flow, the week of June 13. I always get a thrill when I meet with a new group of students and I’ll be kicking off two in-person Loft classes, The Writing Habit and Around the Writer’s Block, that week, too. (Just a thought: any of these classes would be a great way to get yourself in motion.)

I’m taking action now to move things into place so I can really enjoy what I get to do in June.

Get Moving Soon

However, this means that June will be a difficult month for me to take on new coaching clients. If you’ve been thinking about working with me to bring your writing vision into reality, I suggest we start soon.

I’m offering a 25% discount to my blog readers who schedule a Coaching Discovery Session in April or a 20% discount in May. (Visit my website for more info about what we do in a Discovery Session or about coaching in general.)

I might be able to take on one new coaching client in June, but if there’s any way we can start in April or May, we can build momentum now. Remember: movement begets movement.

So why wait? Oh, that’s right, the resistance that interferes with your writing might make you hesitate. And your Saboteur is probably going nuts about the idea of you getting support, encouragement and just the right amount of challenge.

Fortunately, coaching is an outstanding way to respond to and resolve resistance, even resistance to resolving resistance. Send me an email so we can schedule a phone call to talk about that paradox and I can answer any questions you might have.

“Rosanne is a remarkable person with a remarkable talent for making you a remarkable – or at least better – writer… I’d written a fairly successful book, then sunken into some sort of weird literary malaise where sorting socks was always more important than writing. Rosanne helped me define the problem, then helped me work (and it was work) my way out of it…”

Spike Carlsen, Author of A Splintered History of Wood and Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects and former Executive Editor of Family Handyman

Click here to read the rest of Spike’s comment and testimonials from other coaching clients.

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2 Comments on “Writer’s Block Can’t Hit a Moving Target”

  1. rosannebane April 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Thanks!

    Like

  2. Laura Sommers April 17, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Awesome!

    Like

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