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Writing Stoppers or Starters? Transform Your Inner Critic to Your Inner Coach


Who would want to read what I write? Does that question fill you with curiosity and anticipation? Or with self-doubt and despair? Is this a stopper question for you or a starter? It really can go either way, although it can be difficult to imagine feeling the opposite of your original reaction. This kind of […]

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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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Do You Dare Release Your Hidden Creativity?


Being creative is incomparably rewarding, so why do we all have so many ways to avoid it? My first answer to this question was my first book, Dancing in the Dragon’s Den (published back in 1999), where I explored the connections between creativity and the shadow, what Carl Jung defined as the repressed and denied […]

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How You Do Love Writing?


Are you passionately in love with writing or are you and your writing an old, married couple? When you’re in love, you tingle with passion, desire, excitement. Every moment is an opportunity to discover another fascinating detail about your beloved. Even the risk of being disappointed, rejected or broken-hearted is thrilling. When you love, you’re […]

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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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Real Writers Power thru the Flu, Right? Wrong!


“Is the flu a good reason to break your habit? That’s what happened to me and I still feel bad about it.” – Tamara, comment on the About this Blog page When you have the flu (or other illness/injury/crisis), you’re suffering enough. There’s no need to make yourself feel worse by berating yourself for breaking […]

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Thriving in Discomfort: Guest Post by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew


Writers, like any intelligent human being, do our best to avoid unnecessary discomfort. However, creativity requires a certain level of discomfort. Okay, full disclosure: what I really mean by “certain level of discomfort” is “a variable amount, that more often than not, is high, always higher than we wish, and usually equivalent to the joy […]

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Why Publishing My Novel Is Not a New Year’s Resolution


Publishing my novel REALLY matters to me. So the last thing I want to do is make that a New Year’s Resolution. Roughly 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail within a couple of months. Note the word order in that sentence – it’s resolutions that fail, not people. Here’s why. New Year’s Resolutions are typically […]

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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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