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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.

What Are You Thankful For?

Now that's Resistance!

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?

Can you see how resistance, even full-fledged block, might be something to be thankful for?

When we feel resistance, we both want and don’t want to write, usually because we’re afraid. Or we want to write, but there is something holding us back.

The fact that you still want to write shows your courage and the depth of your creativity. The fact that you need to move through resistance to write shows that what you’re writing is worthwhile because it demands you step beyond your comfort zone (and thus grow as a human being).

Respect your resistance. Consider what your resistance has to tell you. Usually we’re resistant because something vital is missing – time, inspiration, research, reassurance, support, witnesses, illumination, respect. Ask your resistance what you need to move forward and give yourself that (even if it seems silly or irrational).

Give thanks for your resistance. It is a normal, natural part of a writer’s life. Give thanks for the insight and courage you’ve been given to move through resistance, which you’ve also been given. Give thanks for the Divine light shining within that drives your desire to write.

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2 Comments on “What Are You Thankful For?”

  1. Douglas November 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Rosanne. Thank you very much for keeping your blog updated. I’m very grateful to your tips and thanks to the 15 magic minutes and other precious advices I’m being able to easily write my first book. I’ve been postponing it for years.

    Greetings from Brazil.


    • rosannebane November 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Thanks Douglas. You made my day! I’m delighted to hear that my blog and the 15 Magic Minutes are helping you write your first book. Just remember: you’re the one doing the work, so give yourself credit and thanks, too. I’m also thrilled to hear that my blog is reaching people around the world.



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