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Writing Is Not Your Servant: Guest Post by Kathy Hopewell


Dr. Kathy Hopewell, writer, performer, teacher and blogger at The Freewriter’s Companion, candidly describes the disappointment of discovering that writing cannot be a command performance. Thanks to Kathy’s willingness to share her insights, you can follow Kathy’s suggestions for partnering with, instead of trying to dictate to, your writer-self and thus avoid that particular frustration. […]

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Praying for Writing Miracles


If you’re like me, and I have a strong feeling you are, some days, the words and images appear in our mind and flow effortlessly and joyfully out of our hands onto the screen. Some days, we’re afraid they won’t. But it’s certain that if we don’t show up for our writing practice, the words […]

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Ten Reasons to Invest in 15 Magic Minutes


Are you feeling guilty because you’re not writing for hours or jotting thousands of words a day? There’s no need. Instead of sweating the details, try 15 Magic Minutes. Note: Originally published on The Huffington Post. Reprinted with new graphics. You can do anything that advances your writing in those 15 Magic Minutes. I’ve had […]

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Multiple Writing Projects: Avoiding Resistance Roadblocks on Route 3


After you’ve identified possible projects (Route 1), prioritized those projects and selected a reasonable number of projects (Route 2), you’re ready to cruise down Route 3, where the “real writing” happens, right? If you saw the trick question there, good for you! First of all, Routes 1 and 2 are just as much “real writing” […]

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Prioritize Multiple Writing Projects to Make Progress, Not Waste Time


Sometimes it’s obvious that you have waaaay too many choices: But sometimes it’s tricky… Route 1, 2 or 3? It’s Not Always Obvious In a previous post, we identified three roads writers travel throughout our careers: Route 1: Not having a clue what the next writing project will be Route 2: Having so many possible […]

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Real Writers Fight Resistance, Right? Wrong!


Despite the militaristic metaphors found in The War of Art and similar books, blogs and articles, resistance is not our enemy and does not need to fought, blasted or defeated. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. It was a powerful early influence. I was relieved to learn Pressfield perspective […]

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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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Why 50,000 Is Not the Magic #NaNoWriMo Number


To paraphrase of Bullwinkle, “Watch me pull 50,000 words out of my hat.” For those of us who don’t write a novel a month on a regular basis, that snarling lion is our lateral habenula growling at the over-optimistic Bullwinkle part of our brain, “I’m going to do what? Sounds like 50,000 ways to fail. […]

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What If Writing Is Easier than You Think?


When Claudia and I realize we might be making something more difficult than it has to be, one of us will ask, “What if it’s quick, easy and now?” It’s a wonderful question. My first coach, Val Olson, gave it to me years ago. I’d spent an entire coaching session affirming my commitment to tenaciously […]

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How Trustworthy Are You?


To write what you truly want to write, you must take creative risks. You have to keep moving forward when you’re uncertain. You have to expose your creative self. You have to claim your own voice and simultaneously stay open to learning new tools and techniques. You have to embrace your crazy, clichéd ideas (all […]

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