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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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How My Writing Process Saved the Day, and How it Can Save Yours: Guest Post by Joel D Canfield

Once again, author and author consultant Joel D Canfield made an intriguing comment, this time on the question of Who Gets More Creative Flow: Planners or Pantsers, so I invited him to expand his comment into this guest post. Joel is the author of fourteen books and the Someday Box blog for those who want to […]

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The More You Don’t Get Eaten by a Tiger: Guest Post by Deb Norton

I’ve been reading Deb Norton’s blog PartWild for a couple of years and I always find myself nodding along with her insights. We resonate. So I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you who follow BaneOfYourResistance also follow PartWild. When I read “The More You Don’t Get Eaten by a Tiger,” I nodded so vigorously, […]

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Exiting the Land of Guilt: Guest Post by Janet Brook

Janet Brook, writing as J.L. Brook, is the author of Trickster’s Wind a Young Adult Fantasy about magic, mayhem and chaos, three words that describe her writing journey as well. Hoping to inspire other writers to persevere, she shares how she overcame roadblocks with persistence and short drives (aka baby steps). I learned to sabotage […]

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Fight Prolonged Resistance with Prolonged Persistence: Guest Post by Sammi Soutar

Sammi Soutar, former business owner and investigative journalist, has taught creative writing and facilitated writers’ groups and roundtables. She is currently revising her first novel and tells me she keeps a copy of Around the Writer’s Block with her at all times. But that’s not why I invited her to share this post with us. […]

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A Fool’s Errand or a Worthy Risk? Guest Post by Ellen Shriner

Every writer I know has to respond to the big D: Doubt. If we don’t respond effectively when Doubt comes to call, it can open the door for the Saboteur and all manner of writer’s resistance. Which is why I so appreciated Ellen Shriner’s perspective on doubt and how to respond to it. I think […]

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What Must We Be in Want Of? Guest Post by Cia McAlarney

When Cia McAlarney, one of my coaching clients, shifted a Jane Austen quote to reflect our current obsession with electronics and what it does to us as writers, I knew I wanted to feature her insights on the topic in this guest post. Cia is editor of the Riverdale Hamlet Hub, an online news service. […]

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Zentangle Your Way Into Process and Out of Resistance: Guest Post by Phyllis Smith

I love to hear about new forms of creative play for Process especially from my students and coaching clients. One person’s creative play can be another person’s tedium, so I like to have lots of options to suggest. Phyllis Smith, a student in one of my online classes, introduced me and her classmates to Zentangle, […]

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Invite Your Writing Demons in for Tea: Guest Post by Joli Jensen

I asked Joli Jensen, Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication and Director the Henneke Center Faculty Writing Program at the University of Tulsa, to revise an article she published in the July 9, 2014 issue of VITAE, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website. She generously accepted my invitation and in turn invites you to: Invite Your […]

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