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Praying for Writing Miracles


If you’re like me, and I have a strong feeling you are, some days, the words and images appear in our mind and flow effortlessly and joyfully out of our hands onto the screen. Some days, we’re afraid they won’t. But it’s certain that if we don’t show up for our writing practice, the words […]

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Ten Reasons to Invest in 15 Magic Minutes


Are you feeling guilty because you’re not writing for hours or jotting thousands of words a day? There’s no need. Instead of sweating the details, try 15 Magic Minutes. Note: Originally published on The Huffington Post. Reprinted with new graphics. You can do anything that advances your writing in those 15 Magic Minutes. I’ve had […]

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Gone Snorklin’ – Why I’m on Retreat and When I’ll Be Back


Writer’s Digest named BaneOfYourResistance one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. As the Brits would say, I’m chuffed. But… The honor upped the ante. I felt pressured to post more often. I was driving myself crazy trying to get an unprecedented number of posts written in advance and scheduled to appear while Claudia and […]

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Multiple Writing Projects: Avoiding Resistance Roadblocks on Route 3


After you’ve identified possible projects (Route 1), prioritized those projects and selected a reasonable number of projects (Route 2), you’re ready to cruise down Route 3, where the “real writing” happens, right? If you saw the trick question there, good for you! First of all, Routes 1 and 2 are just as much “real writing” […]

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Success with Multiple Writing Projects Requires a “Reasonable” Number


Of course, a reasonable number of projects varies from writer to writer and from situation to situation. For example, Stephaine O’Brien recommends focusing on one primary project until it’s complete and working on other projects whenever inspiration strikes. I can’t possibly tell you what’s reasonable for you. But I can tell you that making conscious […]

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Prioritize Multiple Writing Projects to Make Progress, Not Waste Time


Sometimes it’s obvious that you have waaaay too many choices: But sometimes it’s tricky… Route 1, 2 or 3? It’s Not Always Obvious In a previous post, we identified three roads writers travel throughout our careers: Route 1: Not having a clue what the next writing project will be Route 2: Having so many possible […]

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Why Publishing My Novel Is Not a New Year’s Resolution


This is a repost from January 2018 and publishing my novel Essential Path still REALLY matters to me. Developing my next novel Freedom Path is also a top priority to me. These are the two major projects I devote Route 3 Product Time to (see previous and upcoming posts for more on multiple writing projects). So the […]

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Are You On a Route Suited for Multiple Writing Projects?


Throughout your writing life, you will find yourself shifting between at least two of these three routes: You have no idea what your next writing project will be You have so many possible projects, you don’t know which to focus on You know exactly which one or more projects are your top priorities. The route […]

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How to Make the Most of Multiple Writing Projects? It Depends!


Thanks to Theresa for her comment and questions about managing Product Time for multiple writing projects. So Many Options You can structure Product Time for multiple projects in multiple ways. For the sake of example, let’s assume a writer who commits to 15 minutes of Product Time a day, 5 days a week. (Your actual […]

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Real Writers Fight Resistance, Right? Wrong!


Despite the militaristic metaphors found in The War of Art and similar books, blogs and articles, resistance is not our enemy and does not need to fought, blasted or defeated. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. It was a powerful early influence. I was relieved to learn Pressfield perspective […]

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