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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.

Is Writer’s Resistance Secretly Stealing Your Creativity?

Wouldn't you know?

How could writer’s resistance steal your creativity without you knowing it? Doesn’t every writer who’s blocked know s/he is blocked?

I’ll answer those questions with another: Have you ever gotten to the end of the week and suddenly realized you didn’t show up for Product Time (aka your writing), Self-Care or Process the way you planned to?


Any day you didn’t show up as planned and didn’t realize it in the moment was a day your secret resistance stole from you — and from your future readers.

Any time you had a vague feeling of disquiet that maybe you “should” be doing something about your writing, then got scared off by the word “should,” shrugged your shoulders and distracted yourself with something else was a creative opportunity lost to secret resistance.

Every time you postponed your writing, promising yourself “I’ll write, right after I…” you let secret resistance pick your pocket.

The only way to keep your writing resistance from shoplifting the very best you have to offer is to use daily surveillance – or as I prefer to call it, daily tracking.

Stay tuned – my next post will reveal my Tricks of Tracking.

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