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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.

Be a Brave Writer

braveSometimes my Higher Self (the part of me that yearns to write) calls to me through the words of pop songs. Today Sara Bareilles’s “Brave” is my writer’s anthem. If you use a particular song to inspire your writing, please share it!

I think I’ll be using “Brave” as my writing ritual to launch Product Time sessions for awhile. Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics that seem so right for writers:

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

For we who write, the “enemy” is our Saboteur or anyone else who tries to silence us. For us, falling for the fear and disappearing is what we do whenever we let our resistance push away from our writing.

Fortunately, showing up for Product Time is the our way out of the cage. We write the light in. We write our brave.

I want to be brave today. And I want to see you be brave too!

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2 Comments on “Be a Brave Writer”

  1. Anonymous July 22, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Rosanne! This was just what I needed to read this morning!
    Thank you. I’m BRAVE.



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