About this Blog

100-BEST-WEBSITES-2016Writers at all levels and in all genres struggle with resistance in some way, at some time.How does writing resistance show up in your life?

Writer’s block is just one form of resistance. Resistance can show up as:

  • procrastinating
  • demanding perfection
  • looking for answers to plot or structure problems in the refrigerator
  • allowing yourself to be distracted or inventing distractions
  • assuming you must have at least two or three hours to write
  • keeping yourself so busy there’s no time to write
  • being unable to keep your butt in the chair
  • vowing to write just as soon as you get your sock drawer sorted
  • deciding to tweet on Twitter instead of working on your poetry or screenplay.

I’ve researched creativity, creative process, resistance, writer’s block, Jung’s concept of the shadow and, most recently, neurology and neuroplasticity searching for answers to the questions “Why is it so hard to do what I love to do? Why do I have so many ways to avoid my writing? And what can I do to get back to my writing again?”

That’s what we explore in this blog:

  • What is writing resistance?
  • What forms does resistance take?
  • How does it disguise itself?
  • What can we do to resolve resistance?

I’ll share what I’ve learned in my research (there are amazing implications from neurology) and I want to open the discussion to all writers.

If you’re a writer – of novels, short stories, young adult novels, children’s literature, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, personal essays, plays, screenplays, a blog, travel writing, nonfiction, magazine features, graphic novels, ad copy, technical writing, business writing or some other form – I want to hear from you!

  • How does resistance show up in your life?
  • How does resistance challenge you?
  • Does it offer any benefits?
  • What do you struggle most with?
  • What have you figured out about resistance?
  • What works for you? 

Please join the conversation!

9 Comments on “About this Blog”

  1. Stressed-out freelancer January 29, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

    Hi! I am very happy I found your blog and desperately hope I will find something in it to help me. I am a full-time freelance writer in a niche field and am “successful,” by which I mean that I am in high demand and make a good living. However, writing is increasingly torturous for me. It used to be that I was resistant to only some of my projects, but now I am resistant to all of them. I continue to meet my deadlines but I am in so much pain. I find myself hoping that I will have an aneurysm from the stress and then I won’t have to write anymore. I hope you are reading this and will respond.


  2. yellroy January 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Rosanne, I’m reading your book, “Around the Writer’s Block.” Also, I listened to your lecture few years ago at the Midwest Fiction Writer’s. I’m an aspiring novelist, and am writing my first novel. Please let me know if and when you will hold your next classes at the Loft. I would like to know how I may access your blog, to read the comments on the problems of Writer’s Block. Thank you


    • rosannebane January 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Yellroy, I’m not sure when I’ll teach a class at the Loft, but I announce classes in my newsletter. You can subscribe to that at http://www.rosannebane.com/newsletter.html
      WordPress sent an email saying you’re subscribed to the blog, so you should get a link to the latest post, which typically appear every Thursday or Friday.


      • Al Kaye January 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

        Rosanne, Thanks for your comment. Please keep in contact when you can.


  3. yellroy January 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    Hello Rosanne, Please let me know how I can keep in contact with your blog and with the comments on it. Thank you.


  4. rosannebane April 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Thanks Victoria,
    I’ll check out your website soon!


  5. gotheca April 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Roseanne,

    Thanks for tackling this issue full-on! It haunts every one of us who tries to venture into that non-linear part of the brain, particularly if the creativity we’re after has to do with translating our prelingual world into, well, language.

    You might want to check out my website, where I write essays on the craft of fiction writing, at: http://victoriamixon.com. I just wrote about dealing with writer’s block yesterday.

    all the best,
    Victoria Mixon



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