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