Archive | Overcoming Resistance RSS feed for this archive

Want to Write Better? Think Different!


In our previous post, we explored how your brain is naturally creative, always making new associations and connections, but that you don’t notice because your brain prefers rational, logical thinking so much it drowns out other styles of cognition. Allan Snyder’s research suggests that we can increase our awareness of our creativity by temporarily inhibiting […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Waiting to Be Inspired to Write? You’ve Got It Backwards!


How would you feel if you were playing hide-and-seek and no one came to find you? What if it turned out you were “It” and everyone else was waiting for you to find them? Are you playing a backwards game of hide-and-seek with your writing? Are you hiding, waiting for inspiration to find you when […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

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 […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →

What Writers Need Even More than Creative Leaps


We all seek the next big “A-ha” moment. We yearn for grand and glorious creative leaps. Those flashes of inspiration reassure us that we’re on the right path. And they feel so good. A flash of creative insight might look like a huge, spontaneous leap of intuition, but that big, gratifying “A-ha!” is always preceded […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

When Research Blocks Your Writing, Questions are the Answer


Writers who resist research often have only a vague idea of what they’re looking for, so they don’t know how to start, where to go, or when to stop. Overwhelmed by the idea of research or hoping to not have to bother with it, their writing grinds to a halt. Writers who get in stuck […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Kill the Darlings in Your Writing Practice


In my last post, I suggested that in addition to darlings that appear in our writing – sections we are inordinately proud of that simply don’t serve the whole of the piece – we have darlings in how we show up to write. Process darlings are the things you believe you must have, do or […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

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. […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →

Writer’s Block and Medical Student Syndrome


Second-year medical school students are known to experience symptoms of many of the diseases they study, at least for the week they’re studying that particular ailment. It’s the placebo effect in reverse – focusing so much attention on symptoms causes med students to think they have them. “It’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Step 4: Redirect Your Writing Past Distraction


There’s nothing wrong with distracting yourself sometimes. Distraction is one way your brain copes with stress and anxiety. What We’ve Learned So Far The challenge with being too distracted to write is that you’re usually too distracted to notice. Hence, Step 1 is to Recognize when you’re distracting yourself. Since we distract ourselves to diffuse […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Step 3 Out of Too Distracted to Write: Respect Your Resistance


From previous posts, you know that Step 1 is to recognize you are distracting yourself away from writing (or using another form of resistance). Step 2 is to relax, which will bring your creative cortex back online. Your next step is to respect the wisdom of your resistance. How can there possibly be wisdom in […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →