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Seven Things I Learned Through Process Play: Guest Post by Catherine Brennan


I met Catherine Brennan in one of my Loft classes. Her first reaction to Process (play for the sake of play) was a mix of anxiety and enthusiasm. As she played around with the idea of playing around to support her writing, she found creative play expanded her writing and her life as a writer […]

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Standing In Your Truth: Guest Post by Donna Alward


When Donna Alward contacted me about giving a presentation to the Romance Writers of America Professional Author’s Network about writer’s burnout and the brain, she mentioned her own experience with burnout. She shares her courageous acknowledgement and insights in this rewrite of a post originally published on her blog. Donna is the author of over […]

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Boost Three Habits with a Writing Buddy: Guest Post by Katy Perry


I loved having Katy Perry in my Loft classes. She not only gave the Three Habits “a try” as she writes, she embraced them and made them her own. Katy came into class with an abundance of native talent and already honed craft skills. Her willingness to make, track and honor commitments brings her writing […]

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How I Make Time for Writing: Guest Post by Eileen Peterson


I met Eileen Peterson in a Loft class more than ten years ago. Eileen has a delightfully pragmatic approach to making life work as a working mom who writes and a writer who works and parents. Writers with or without children can benefit from Eileen’s insight into how to make time for writing. She’s honest […]

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It’s Your Turn to Write About Resistance


If you’re a regular reader, it’s your turn. If you ever wanted to write, needed to write and struggled to write, you’re qualified. If you found your way, even just once, around writer’s block, through distractions and past procrastination, we want to know how you did it. This Is Our Blog This isn’t a blog […]

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Thriving in Discomfort: Guest Post by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew


Writers, like any intelligent human being, do our best to avoid unnecessary discomfort. However, creativity requires a certain level of discomfort. Okay, full disclosure: what I really mean by “certain level of discomfort” is “a variable amount, that more often than not, is high, always higher than we wish, and usually equivalent to the joy […]

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Writers Arm Yourselves with Resistance Fighting Tools: Guest Post by Dave Chesson


  I’m pleased to introduce author and entrepreneur Dave Chesson as this week’s guest blogger. When Dave’s not light saber dueling with little jedi or sipping tea with princesses, he tests new book marketing tactics and helps authors improve their book sales. On his blog Kindlepreneur.com, Dave explains that he spent more than $15,000 in […]

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Top 10 Routes thru Writer’s Resistance: Guest Post by C. L. Blacke


When I read C. L. Blacke’s blog about cultivating a writing practice, I knew you’d want to learn more about her routes around, over and through resistance. C.L. reports that, in the early years, trying to overcome writing resistance “felt like smashing my head against a wall and expecting it to move.” When she finally […]

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5 Ways a Sacred Bath can Float You Past Writers Block: Guest Post by Paulette Kouffman Sherman


One of my favorite routes through Incubation is a long soak in a hot bath. It just feels so good. Dr. Paulette Sherman explains how to make a simple bath more effective in her upcoming book, The Book of Sacred Baths: 52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit (Llewellyn, August 2016) and she shares the […]

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The Ultimate Tool for Getting Pantsers Through Their Resistance to Plotting: Guest Post by Joel D Canfield


In Part 1 of this two-part guest post from Joel D Canfield, Joel highlighted the limitations of trying to write book-length prose SOLELY by the seat of your pants. In this post, he explains how he structures a story without losing the benefits of “pantsing.” Joel is the author of fourteen books and the Someday […]

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