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Goldilocks Your Way through Resistance to Write Your Novel or Memoir


Too much structure or structure applied too soon in the writing process can weaken a novel or memoir by making it all head and no heart, all lines and logic with no curves and imagination. Resistance sets in because it was your imagination and heart that called you to write in the first place. If […]

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Are You Ready to Solve Writer’s Block and Resistance?


True writer’s block — sustained periods of wanting and needing to write and being unable to — is rare. Most of us procrastinate or postpone starting or we distract ourselves as soon as we sit down so we don’t experience the agony of trying to write and finding we can’t. Most writers experience other forms […]

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Special Offer for My Followers


Be sure you tune in for the “Owner’s Guide to the Writer’s Brain: What’s Going On in Your Brain When You Want to Write, But Can’t.” I’ll telechat about writers’ brains with Ruth Folit of the International Association of Journal Writers on Thursday March 13, 2014 at 3 pm Central. You need to be a […]

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Writer’s Events Updated for 2014


My assistant Blue updated my Events page for the first three months of 2014. Don’t miss the Early Bird Discounts on my Loft classes! Just follow the links on the Events page to the Loft’s class description and look for the discount code just above my bio. I’d love to see you at several or […]

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Writer Announcements & Links to All Sorts of Writer Fun


Today’s post has migrated — you’ll find it on Penquin’s Book Country blog. If you recently completed a big writing project or hope to complete a writing project in the future, you need to know about the Afterglow or Aftershock that can be part of the Hibernation that follows finishing a project. Please Don’t Feed […]

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Like What You See?


If you appreciate what you read in BaneOfYourResistance (BOYR), please spread the word to your writer’s group, friends, colleagues, maybe even the writing comunity as a whole… I’m honored that Linda White nominated BYOR as one of Write to Done’s Top Ten Blogs for Writers. If you agree with Linda, please nominate BaneOfYourResistance again. To […]

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What to Do When Word Counts Don’t Count? Find Out in Free Writing Classes


You have your fingers on the keyboard or pen on the page in only 1 of the 6 stages of the creative process. So what do you do to move your writing project forward when you’re in the other 5 stages? Find out at the FREE 2-hour class Six Stages to Successfully Complete the Creative […]

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Brainy Barbie Wins Creative Brain Photo Contest


Jean Cook’s Brainy Barbie won this week’s drawing in the Where’s Your Creative Brain photo contest! Jean will receive a $15 gift card at her choice of our participating locations: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis ArtReach Art Center, Stillwater, MN Subtext: A Bookstore, St. Paul Common Good Books, St. Paul Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis Valley Books, […]

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When Word Counts Don’t Count


1,666 words a day. That’s all that matters if you’re doing NaNoWriMo. 2,000 words a day is the target if you’re Steven King. Challenging yourself to write a certain number of words a day can give you the incentive to break through resistance and get your butt in the chair. But word counts can work […]

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Where’s Your Creative Brain Prizes On the Way


If you haven’t sent your five entries to the Where’s Your Creative Brain photo contest, what are you waiting for? Your chances of winning one of these prizes are far greater than any lottery and you don’t even have to buy a ticket, just send a photo! (details on how to enter) Wednesday Oct 16, […]

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