Archive | June, 2013

New Book Update: Action Cures Uncertainty


“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. “Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Norman Vincent Peale In my last New […]

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No Mud, No Lotus


Some days your writing unfolds like a lotus, some days you’re floundering around in the muck. Some days you get golden ideas out of nowhere; some days your inspiration is buried in mud. Some days your research gives you the one glorious bit you need to make weeks of previous research click together; some days […]

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Why Weird Writing Rituals Work


Who’s the weirdest of them all? Which famous writer(s) wrote in the nude, picked fleas from her cats before writing, or needed to smell rotten apples before he could write? Find out who had these and other strange ways to get started writing — and why these methods make brain sense — in Why Weird […]

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Want Your Writing to Soar?


One of the most common causes of resistance is the desire to write a great novel or a great poem, essay, screenplay, a great something. If not great, at least really good. The more you want your writing to soar, the more you strive to reach the altitudes of greatness, the more resistance you can […]

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Worst Writing Resistance Ever Contest


Finally a writing contest where avoiding your writing pays off! Research shows that writing about painful experiences helps us move on. So why not enter this contest and get any lingering writing-related trauma out of your system. And a maybe win a free book. Tell us about your worst experience with resistance: a full-fledged writer’s […]

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New Book Update: My Early Attempts to Embrace Uncertainty


I’m embracing uncertainty. Admittedly, I’m embracing it with the one-handed, two-second pat-his-back-and-push-back kind of hug you give an uncle you never really liked far more than with the open-hearted, lingering enfolding you give your Beloved. But it’s a start. I’m in First Insight (described in chapter 4 of Around the Writer’s Block). This is the […]

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Your Best Writing Lies Beyond Certainty


To recap the previous post: Writers who are content to send their first draft into the world are looking for a set of keys, aka the first easy solution. Settling for the first answer is not optimal for those of us seeking creative excellence. Creativity is an Easter egg hunt – the more you search, […]

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This Writing Class Is NOT for Everyone


If you’re headed to the beach or out on the water this summer, you know you need sunscreen. But do you know that if you’re headed out on a writing adventure, you need to screen yourself to see which classes are right for you? A bad fit will waste your time at best and could […]

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