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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.

Don’t Be Scared!

I know how scary it can be to think about what your writing should be.

Fortunately, I also know how to get past fear to the writing. And I can show you how.

My Latest Struggle

I just got back to Minneapolis after helping my mom move to assisted living: two weeks of sorting, packing, giving things away, tossing stuff, scheduling movers, unpacking, organizing, requesting repeat visits from TV/internet provider to get the electronics on speaking terms in the new place, handling boxes and boxes and boxes going to Mom’s new place, going to relatives, going to pack & ship service, going into our van and driving, driving, driving, even on the days when I was nowhere near a motorized vehicle.

Before I left, I blissfully immersed in my novel an average of 4 days a week. The past two weeks, I squeezed in 20 minutes one day. Now that I’m back, it’s scary how hard it is to reclaim my rhythm and recall the possibilities I was playing with.

What’s Your Writing Struggle?

It may be easier for me than it is for you. I struggle, but at least I have my writing habits to reignite my commitment, my tracking table and other tools to reconstruct where I was.

Whether you used to have or never quite got the hang of regular writing routines, we all lose our way at times. What matters is to keep coming back.

Whatever has kept you from building the writing routines you want and need OR whatever pushed you off the writing routine you used to have – family crisis, crazy-making work upheavals, the pandemic, health issues, the creativity-numbing buzz of the zeitgeist – I want to help you start and/or restart your writing in my upcoming Loft Literary Center class.

Start – Or Restart – Your Writing Habit: We’ll meet via Zoom 6 – 8 pm on Wednesdays from Nov 3 to Dec 15 (no class on Nov 24). If the pandemic wrecked your writing life, eroded writing habits you used to have, or revealed how much you need a simple, sustainable writing practice, this class is for you. You’ll assess what did (and didn’t) support your writing pre-pandemic and what perspective shifts and behavior changes you want to keep, modify, or delete as you transition to post-pandemic writing life. You’ll experiment with simple habits and find safe and supportive witnesses during weekly check-ins who help you become accountable to yourself… (read more and register)

I hope to see you in November! Or hear about your progress in a comment.

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6 Comments on “Don’t Be Scared!”

  1. Eileen Peterson October 26, 2021 at 6:33 am #

    Rosanne, I am so glad to say that I am in the Writing Habit every day now, and though the isolation of the pandemic was so difficult, the one good thing that came out of it was more time to develop this habit. I worked telehealth the entire time, and so gained 2 more hours per day! It isn’t about “having more time,” of course, but I realized more about how precious each moment of time is, and so developed the habit of doing what I love (writing) each morning! I can’t take the class, but I wanted to let you know how much your class and book helped me get to where I am today. Much love, Eileen


    • rosannebane October 26, 2021 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Eileen,
      I’m gratified to hear you’re making time for your writing early in the day! It’s good to know you’re out there, adding your voice to the chorus and your perspective to humanity’s worldview.
      Much love in return,


  2. Debra October 25, 2021 at 10:19 pm #

    Hi Rosanne!

    Good to see the newsletter back once in awhile!

    I have no doubt your writing habit is back in gear.

    Best with your Mom, and with your class.




    • rosannebane October 26, 2021 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks Debra! I thought of you in August while the State Fair was in bloom. Did you spend your usual amount of time there? I’m sure you got marvelous shots.


  3. kperrymn October 25, 2021 at 5:15 pm #

    So glad you’ll be teaching this again, Rosanne. (What a great cartoon!)


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