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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.

Want a Shot at a Free Copy of Around the Writer’s Block?

Even if you can’t attend the Around the Writer’s Block Book Launch Party, you still have a shot at winning a free copy of AWB. All you have to do is vote for your favorite BaneOfYourResistance post!

I’ve written nearly 300 posts, so you have plenty to choose from.

While you’re figuring out which is your favorite and to give me time for party details (like stocking up on wine and soda, ordering another cake, printing score cards for the brain games, schlepping prizes and other stuff from my office to the Loft, aka Party Central, etc.), I’m taking a short break from writing blog posts.

To keep things interesting until the next new post arrives, you get to vote with a comment here identifying your personal favorite. That way we can all keep tabs on which posts are most popular.

Then send a quick email to my publicist at tarcherpublicity (at) us.penguingroup.com with AWB Giveaway in the subject line. Tell her the title of the BaneOfYourResistance post you like best. Leave your name and simple contact info and she’ll enter you in a drawing to win one of five free copies of Around the Writer’s Block.

Now, I know how hard it is to pick a favorite anything (As Monty Python showed us in The Holy Grail: “What’s your favorite color?” “Blue! No yel—auuugggg”).

So you can enter the drawing once a week between now and September 1 with a different favorite each week.

I’m curious – will the posts that have gotten the most hits of all time be the ones you select as your favorites? Or will a newer post (which has had less time to accumulate hits) rise to the top in this vote?

The five posts with the most hits of all time are:

Personally, I’m rooting for Step Away From the Marshmallow and No One Gets Writer’s Block , which is in the number 6 spot possibly because it’s a more recent post that has had less time to accumulate hits.

Which do you think will be voted most popular?

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30 Comments on “Want a Shot at a Free Copy of Around the Writer’s Block?”

  1. Joel D Canfield August 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Finally got around to reading the duel post here


    and have to vote for it. I tell all my clients that when you’re writing, JUST WRITE FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD.

    The Muse is a mistress. She doesn’t like you looking at others while she’s in the room.


    • rosannebane August 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Joel,
      I love that “The Muse is a mistress. She doesn’t like you looking at others while she’s in the room.” Fabulous! May I borrow that from time to time?


  2. Joel D Canfield August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Today’s post, https://baneofyourresistance.com/2012/08/22/why-bother-with-writers-block-because-creative-people-live-longer/#comment-2300 locks right into so many things I’ve read and tried to integrate into my own teaching. Dr. Richard Wiseman’s “The Luck Factor” cites openness as one of the primary components of “luck” and my friend Rex Williams is writing a book (c’mon, Rex!) about the value of curiosity.


    • rosannebane August 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks Joel. Please keep me posted on the progress of Rex’s book – I’m eager to read it!


  3. Joel D Canfield August 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I’ll have to also include this one: “Brain Basics About Writer’s Block” at https://baneofyourresistance.com/2012/07/05/brain-basics-about-writers-block/

    because it’s a direct answer to one of my questions, and led to an excellent series of practical exercises.


    • rosannebane August 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      Thanks Joel! You keep voting like this and I think you have a good chance of winning a free book.


      • Joel D Canfield August 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

        Shhh . . . don’t tell anyone, but that’s my secret plot.

        I am REALLY looking forward to reading it, too.


  4. Tammie Frost-Norton August 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Here’s my submission — No willpower for Writing? No Problem! May 23,2012……it helps get rid of old demons…


    • rosannebane August 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks Tammie! Did you have any trouble emailing Tarcher? (They’re keeping track of who’s in the drawing.)


  5. Joel D Canfield August 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Here’s my second favorite (notice that’s not hyphenated, because “second” is merely chronological.”

    How to Capture Creative Flow When You Have No Time


    I keep thinking about the full mystery novel that popped into my head the day after I read that post, and I still haven’t written down a single word. It’s all still there, just a handful of related images. Fantastic tool.

    Do we need to email Tarcher for each entry?


    • rosannebane August 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Hi Joel,
      Since my publicist at Tarcher so kindly offered to handle the details of the drawing, yes, you do need to email Tarcher again so they will enter your name a second time.


    • rosannebane August 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Delighted that post was so evocative for you.


  6. rosannebane August 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Here’s the correct email address to send your vote and drawing entry to: tarcherpublicity@us.penguingroup.com


  7. rosannebane August 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I just updated the email address to send your vote and drawing entry to Tarcher. It should be correct in the post now. Please let me know if you have any problems.


  8. Lori L. Lake July 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Here’s the one I sent to Tarcher:

    Want More Time to Write? Uncommit Yourself
    From: Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

    I have it hanging by my computer to remind me!
    😉 Lori


  9. Joel D Canfield July 31, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Well, I’ll certainly be back to add more, because I have at least half a dozen favorites.

    But my first favorite is “Free Your Writing with Limits.” I’m a huge fan of the concept that constraints cause creativity, and you explain it well.



    • rosannebane July 31, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Joel! Did you send an email to Tarcher so you’re entered in the drawing?


      • Joel D Canfield July 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

        Tried to, and got this response:

        Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:




        • rosannebane August 1, 2012 at 8:06 am #

          I apologize for the inconvenience, Joel. Apparently I got the wrong email address. I’ll post a correction as soon as I get the correct address from Tarcher.


    • rosannebane August 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Here’s the correct email address to send your vote and drawing entry to: :tarcherpublicity@us.penguingroup.com


  10. Rachel Vilsack July 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    I’m voting for 10 Reasons to Show Up for Your Writing Today:

    It’s just the reminder I need when I don’t think I can show up for my product time.


    • rosannebane July 31, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Rachel! Did you send an email to Tarcher so you’re entered in the drawing?



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