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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.

Hands-on Solution for Writer’s Block


The hands-on solution to writer’s block (and other forms of writing resistance) is to literally get your hands on. Step away from the keyboard and pick up a pen.

According to Newsweek “Brain scans show that handwriting engages more sections of the brain than typing.”

These aren’t just any old sections of the brain being activated when you wield a pen; they’re sections vital to writing. Virginia Berninger, professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, refers to brain scans that show “sequential finger movements activated massive regions involved in thinking, language and working memory.”

And no, using a keyboard isn’t the same as writing by hand. Berninger points out that a keyboard allows you to select a whole letter with one touch, but handwriting “requires executing sequential strokes to form each letter.” It’s the sequential finger movements that engage your brain.

After you defrost the brain freeze of writing resistance, the keyboard can be your best friend again. But before you rush back to your computer, remember that many writers write their first drafts in longhand, including JK Rowling, Stephen, King, Neil Gaiman and Tracy Chevalier.

When it comes to getting your brain engaged and your creativity flowing, the pen is mightier than the keyboard!
More in my next post.

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7 Comments on “Hands-on Solution for Writer’s Block”

  1. Felicia February 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    This post presents clear idea for the new people of blogging, that really
    how to do blogging.

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  2. Hallie Sawyer January 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Thank you for the link! I am honored!!!

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    • rosannebane January 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      You’re welcome! I’m always open to guest blogs targeted to writer’s resistance, so if you’ve posted anything in the past that you think might be a fit on my blog or want to write something new, please let me know! Or if you see anything on my blog you want to post on yours, I’d love to appear as your guest. That way the people on my list will know about you and vice versa.

      Rosanne

      Rosanne Bane, Creativity Coach and Teaching Artist 612-722-4139 email: Rosanne@RosanneBane.com website: http://www.RosanneBane.com blog: http://www.BaneOfYourResistance.wordpress.com Author of Dancing in the Dragon’s Den and the upcoming Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance (Including Writer’s Block, Procrastination, Paralysis, Perfectionism, Postponing, Distractions, Self-Sabotage, Excessive Criticism, Overscheduling and Endlessly Delaying Your Writing)

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