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Do You Have the Writing Space You Need?


I don’t mind my desk being messy, if it’s my mess. Drafts with notes, books I’m reading, student drafts, client folders or process toys (thumb piano, markers, coloring books, mini jigsaw puzzles) co-mingle on my work space just fine. I bristle a little when household accounting and bills end up here (even if I put […]

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Don’t Let ‘Attention Residue’ Derail Your Writing


NOTE: I apologize if the timing of this post dismayed or offended anyone — I scheduled it to post on September 29 before leaving town and internet connections behind. It was only co-incidence that it appeared the same day as the horrible train crash in Hoboken, NJ. Imagine you’re the engineer of a long train […]

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Writer’s Block or Creatively Cramped? Give Yourself Space to Create!


I hate it when anyone leaves something on my desk. In all honesty, my office is typically in a state of creative flux (aka messy). Some might question how I can even tell that someone has touched my desk. So it’s certainly not that I fixate on things being in a particular place. It’s pure […]

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Are You Too Smart for Writer’s Block?


Writer’s block as I define it – a persistent paralysis of wanting and needing to write but being unable to eke out the words – is rare. Blocked writers are dogged in their pursuit. They will endure hours of the mental agony of being unable to do what they most want to do, believing they […]

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Is Writer’s Block a Confabulation of Your Imagination?


The left hemisphere of the cortex, where your language centers reside, is a fabulous storyteller. You make up more stories than you know. Unfortunately, some of the stories you make up can get in the way of doing the writing you want to do. When the cortex doesn’t know why you did something – and […]

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Position Yourself Beyond Writer’s Resistance


I hate it when anyone leaves something on my desk. In all honesty, my office is typically in a state of creative flux (aka messy). Some might question how I can even tell that someone has touched my desk. So it’s certainly not that I fixate on things being in a particular place. It’s pure […]

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Are You Lost in Creativity or Lost in Cyberspace?


Is there a difference between a creative flow state (while writing or engaged in any other creative activity) and being lost in a digital trance (which could include being absorbed by TV, emails, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, shopping, etc.)? Both getting lost in the creative flow and letting digital media hypnotize you are engrossing trance states. Both totally absorb […]

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Is Your Saboteur Blocking Your Revision?


When J. J. Austrian asked “What’s the difference between the Saboteur and legit self-criticism?” he correctly implied that we have to be able to review and critique our work with an objective eye. Good writing comes from rewriting. He also correctly implied that self-criticism can open the door to the destruction of the Saboteur. (Read […]

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Did You Say You Have Writer’s Block? Watch Your Language!


You’re a writer; you know words have power. Words not only reflect reality, they create reality. Using whatever word comes to mind is a good strategy for first drafts. When you rewrite, you select words carefully and intentionally. But do you consciously select the words you use inside your own head? When was the last […]

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Master Writer’s Block: What Masterpiece Theatre Teaches Us about Writing Resistance


I’ll admit it: I’m a fan of Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey. I suppose if I’m going to publicly admit I watch TV, Masterpiece is the one to admit to – it’s literature, after all. I’m not just confessing to unburden myself; I promise this applies to writing and writing resistance. If you’re a fellow fan, […]

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