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Writers Should Maximize Their Potential, Right? Wrong!


What kind of writer are you: A tortoise — slow but steady? A hare — lazy but fast when you get around to it? Or a porcupine — excellent but unheard of? Porcupine was in the famous race between the Tortoise and the Hare, but no one ever hears about it. Porcupine knew he wasn’t […]

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Writers Can’t Afford to Waste Time, Right? Wrong!


I get it. You have to make money and you either do that through writing, in which case you don’t have time to fart around, or you make money through another skill and write in your “spare time,” in which case you don’t have time to fart around. You want time to spend with people […]

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Only Writing Is Writing, Right? Wrong!


When E. L. Doctorow observed that planning to write, outlining, researching or talking about you’re going to write is NOT writing, I think he meant we can’t just hope to write or dream about writing, we have to take action. Unfortunately, many of my students and clients have interpreted that mindset (wherever they know the […]

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It’s Always Time to Write, Right? Wrong!


  One of my coaching clients confessed that she always felt guilty about not writing. She felt so behind on a writing project, it seemed logical that if she could write, she should write. She never really knew when it was time to write – it was always time to write. She certainly didn’t know […]

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Why Dogs Make Us Better Writers


For fourteen and a half years, my dog Blue was my… there really aren’t words to describe what a dog can be to a human. Someday maybe I’ll give it a go. The best I can do today is that she was my heart. Not my whole heart, because there are many others I love, […]

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Train Yourself to Resist Resistance: Second Trick


In the previous post, I promised that you can train your brain to follow two simple commands that will transform your writing no matter how resistant you are. The first was Sit-Stay. The second is: Pay Attention To the trainer, Pay Attention means “look at me, make eye contact with me” (which is why some […]

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Train Yourself to Resist Resistance


No matter how much or how long you’ve been resisting your writing, how much you procrastinate, postpone, distract yourself, or chase your own tail in pursuit of perfection, two simple tricks will change everything. Well-trained dogs respond to these commands and you can train your brain to respond, too. Yes, I know people are more […]

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Are You Lying about Your Writing? To Yourself?


As Lisa Cron, author of the fabulous writers’ guides Wired for Story and Story Genius, explains in her TEDx Talk, our brains evolved to attend to, engage in and learn from stories. The title of her first book is literal: we are wired for story. Your brain is a fabulous storyteller. You make up more […]

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Want to Write Better? (Part 2) Give Your Brain a Makeover!


What will smart writers’ brains be wearing this summer? Whatever it is, it needs to be different from what your brain wore last season. Because your brain needs a makeover — a cognitive style makeover. If your brain is resistant to the idea of a cognitive style makeover, and really, what brain isn’t, remember that […]

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Want to Write Better? Think Different!


In our previous post, we explored how your brain is naturally creative, always making new associations and connections, but that you don’t notice because your brain prefers rational, logical thinking so much it drowns out other styles of cognition. Allan Snyder’s research suggests that we can increase our awareness of our creativity by temporarily inhibiting […]

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