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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.

Exhale Fear Like a Little Girl

ski jumpWant inspiration and a role model for how to exhale the fear that keeps you from writing the way you want?

Zia Terry, standing at the top of a ski jump wearing a helmet-cam, shows us how it’s done!

Notice how Zia lets herself feel the fear. She asks questions that help her talk her way through the fear. This little girl assures herself that the 40-meter jump she’s about to try is just longer than the 20-meter jumps she’s already accomplished.

“It’s just longer, just a bigger 20, that’s all.”

What’s the “bigger 20” in your writing?

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2 Comments on “Exhale Fear Like a Little Girl”

  1. Joel D Canfield August 23, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    “60 seems like nothing now!”

    I’ve done the work to make my non-fiction the right depth for my readers. But I’ve left my fiction shallow.

    I can write fiction. I can get the depth right on non-fiction. Time to combine the two, and write this Chandleresque cozy. After all, it’s just a bigger 20.


    • rosannebane August 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      Way to go Joel! I want to be there for the launch of your Chandleresque cozy.
      I love the “bigger 20” phrase.
      Combining fiction and nonfiction without dropping coaching, teaching and speaking is my next “60”. I’ll get there.


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