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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 Your Writing to Soar?

want your writing to soarOne 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 create for yourself.

The trick is to want to soar eventually. The albatross, one of the premier soaring birds, can glide for hours with rest or even a flap of its wings. But have you ever seen an albatross take off? (feel free to mute the video)

If you aren’t willing to look silly and to be awkward, off balance and uncertain at the start, you’ll never take off. Once you’re in the air, you can pay attention to how gracefully you glide.

How do you take off with a piece of writing?

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2 Comments on “Want Your Writing to Soar?”

  1. Joel D Canfield June 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    The very first note I wrote down from AWB was “wiling to write badly.”

    Was never part of my psyche, but it is now.


    • rosannebane June 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      Joel: I hope that (“willing to write badly) was a note about how the writer/reader needs to be willing to write badly, not a review of my writing in the book. (I do strive to go from bad to good by the final draft.)
      Yes, I hope all my readers, students and clients say “Rosanne Bane taught me to write badly.” I just hope they’ll follow that with something like “And that allowed me to write good stuff that I’m proud of.” 😉


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