Archive | July, 2014

Zentangle Your Way Into Process and Out of Resistance: Guest Post by Phyllis Smith


I love to hear about new forms of creative play for Process especially from my students and coaching clients. One person’s creative play can be another person’s tedium, so I like to have lots of options to suggest. Phyllis Smith, a student in one of my online classes, introduced me and her classmates to Zentangle, […]

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Platinum Rule for Effective Writer’s Groups


In a recent comment, Teresa asked how to form an ideal writer’s group. I made recommendations in my last post, but it really comes down to the Platinum Rule. Everyone knows the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But do you know the Platinum Rule? Do unto others […]

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Finding a Writer’s Group that Really Works


In response to a recent post about writer’s groups, Teresa commented that she connected with an online group, but when she signed on recently, she discovered “no one was doing the challenge. I got mad and let them know it. Then I didn’t do any better, wrote zip last night and surfed instead. Trivia.” Teresa’s […]

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Invite Your Writing Demons in for Tea: Guest Post by Joli Jensen


I asked Joli Jensen, Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication and Director the Henneke Center Faculty Writing Program at the University of Tulsa, to revise an article she published in the July 9, 2014 issue of VITAE, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website. She generously accepted my invitation and in turn invites you to: Invite Your […]

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Myths We Stall By: Guest Post by Joli Jensen


Today’s guest blogger Joli Jensen is the Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication and directs the Henneke Center Faculty Writing Program at the University of Tulsa. She shares insights based on 30 years of helping colleagues and students complete writing projects. She acknowledges that her suggestions are “also based on my own finely honed ability to […]

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Is Your Writing Blocked by Trivia?


“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”  – Robert Heinlein Even when you have a clearly defined goal, resistance can push you away from the writing. Goals are vital, but by themselves, they are not enough to eliminate daily acts of […]

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Is Writer’s Block Real?


Thanks J Lenni (@JLenniDorner), for bringing this meme to my attention. It’s an interesting variation on the “There is no such thing as writer’s block” theory wrapped up in a neat little circular argument: You become a “real” writer when you agree there is no such thing as writer’s block. If you get writer’s block, […]

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Does Your Writer’s Group Contribute to Writer’s Block and Resistance?


The previous post (Writer See, Writer Do) highlights the power of mirror neurons. This is why being part of an effective writer’s community — and having your mirror neurons fire in synch with other writers’ positive approach and experiences — offers so many benefits. But our mirror neurons don’t discriminate which people are worth emulating. […]

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Writer See, Writer Do


Why is it so much easier to write in a class than when you’re on your own at home? If you are 50% more likely to be overweight if your friends are overweight, are you 50% more likely to consistently show up for your writing if the others in your writer’s group or class do? […]

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Avoid the Shoulds that Cause Writer’s Block


Writer’s resistance often comes from fear, but sometimes it comes from not understanding and respecting the creative process and our own unique way of working within that process. We can get so wrapped up in how we think we should write and worried that we’re doing it wrong that we cause the anxiety that triggers […]

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