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Free Your Writing With Limits


I love a good paradox and this is one of my favorites: the best way to set your creativity free is to impose creative constraints. Poets do it all the time. The sonnet, haiku, sestina, villanelle, quatrains, even the common limerick are all examples of the structures and constraints poets use to keep their writing […]

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How Recommitting to the Art Side of Writing Eased My Resistance


Publishing is business; writing is art. Writers must attend to both the business side and the art side of their lives, but in what ratios? Challenging as it is, creating art is where we find joy. Publishing is where we hope to find satisfaction and success, but where we’re far more likely to find disappointment. […]

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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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Are Transisitons About to Derail Your Writing?


Transitions are tricky. Even when you know you’re headed into one, the ramifications and reverberations can surprise you. Tricky and tough as they are, transitions are essential – we don’t move through the creative process without them. Writers face transitions as we go: from nowhere-in-particular to the out-of-the-blue glimmer of a new idea, character or […]

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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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Want to Write? You Gotta Trust!


Most writer’s resistance can be traced to the fear that we might get hurt. Let me reassure you. You WILL get hurt. Your writing will be flawed. Some people will criticize it and you. More will ignore it. The vast majority of the 7.6 billion people on the planet will never know or care about […]

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What Conscious Writers Need to Know About Writer’s Block


Why do you do that? Waste an hour with email or social media? Or find another way to distract yourself away from writing? Why do you wait to write? Or edit the same paragraph again and again? Why is so hard (at times) to do what you love? It might be time for a reminder: […]

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What’s the Point of Writing?


What’s your point? What’s your purpose as a writer? Why do you write? You don’t have to be able to rattle off your “artist’s statement” for someone else. You don’t even need to be able to clearly articulate it for yourself. But you do need a sense of why you write that will sustain you […]

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Five Reasons to Thank Your Resistance to Writing


How could you possibly be grateful for feeling resistance to your writing? 1.  Resistance Reveals Your Passion A student in my Writer’s Resistance class confessed “I thought I must really not want to be a writer since I’m not writing.” I reassured her that her resistance was a sign that she did want to write. […]

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Random Scene Generator: 10 Steps to Solve the “I don’t know what to write” Problem


It’s day 10 of NaNoWriMo or November 10 for those of us not doing NaNoWriMo. So it seems like a good time to revisit this, my most popular post. Even if you aren’t doing NaNoWriMo, you can still play with the Random Scene Generator.  Random Scene Generator It takes about a half-hour to create your […]

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