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Writing Your Best is Your Worst Idea


  “The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good; and many a good book has remained unwritten… because there floated before the mind’s eye the ideal of a better or a best.” – R. C. Trench, 1861 In 1861, people had the luxury of contemplating ideas in elegant language like this. Today, we consume […]

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Resisting Your Writing? It’s GEMO Time!


“There’s over 14,000 related images on ShutterStock! I don’t know where to begin.” One of my coaching clients is creating a new blog and feeling overwhelmed by design choices, title choices, topic choices. I commiserated. I confessed that when I select images for the personalized postcards I create for her and my other clients each […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing


With the exception of chocolate (which you simply can’t get too much of), too much of a good thing can be another of the myriad, subtle forms of resistance. Obviously, we need to revise, polish and proof our writing before it goes out in the world. Even with the informality of a blog, it makes […]

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Do You GEMO?


By Rosanne Bane What’s GEMO?        a) Tickle Me Elmo’s cousin        b) a command for sled dogs meaning go right (Gee) even more (Mo)        c) a motto that will get your writing unstuck and keep you moving If you answered c, you’re correct. If you answered a, you’re going to have a hard […]

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If You Want to Write Well, You Have to Be Willing to Write Badly


A prime source of writing resistance is the desire to write good stuff. And the demand to produce perfect writing is a guaranteed, one-way trip to Resistance City. So how we do write good stuff, if just wanting it means we’ll trigger our resistance? We sidle up to it. We surrender the desire for any […]

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