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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.

Let Your Writing Scare You

I have a miserable cold. Actually, the cold virus is probably quite content; I’m miserable.

Creative cognition seems beyond me, so I invite you to appreciate this video. George Saunders will assure you that “It’s scary to not know where a story is going.” How is that reassuring? Because writing should be scary.

Settle in to being scared as a writer. Not terrified; that’ll trigger a limbic system takeover. If you’re not a little afraid, you’re not challenging yourself to dig deep.

Go ahead, scare yourself  — you’ll be okay.

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2 Comments on “Let Your Writing Scare You”

  1. kperrymn March 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks, Roseanne! Best 7 minutes I’ve spent in a long time! Hope you feel better soon!

    Liked by 1 person

    • rosannebane March 23, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      That’s good to hear, Katy. Thanks for your good wishes!


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