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Track Your Way Past Writer’s Block to Writing Success


Writing habits trump resistance. If you want to make it easier to write and write regularly, you need writing habits. (I suggest regularly showing up for short sessions of Process, Product Time and Self-care as the basic habits every writer should give her/himself.) To create or improve your writing habits (or to change any other […]

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Step Away From the Marshmallow Part 2


In more recent versions of the Marshmallow Test, Walter Mischel tells children to pretend the marshmallow is only a picture of a marshmallow or a fluffy cloud. The children who employ their imagination could wait three times longer than kids who didn’t use their imagination. “Once you realize that will power is just a matter […]

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When Your Writing Is Stuck, Hold On


Pam McAlister (who we met in the previous post When Your Writing Is Stuck, Let Go) was able to let go of expectations because she had assumptions to hold on to. She assumed she would keep honoring her writing commitments, she assumed she had people to rely on and she assumed her writing had purpose. […]

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Creative Quick Hits (to Knock Out Writer’s Block)


A creative quick hit is something you do for the fun of it for a short time. Quick hits invite you to play with something new and get immediate or nearly immediate satisfaction. Creative quick hits free you to explore and take risks, give you the satisfaction of completion, and remind you that the process works.

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Are You Really Using the Process Cure for Writer’s Block?


What brings one writer to a creative and playful state of mind won’t work for every other writer. When an activity is Process for you, you are engaged and focused, but it’s a soft focus, more diffuse and flexible than the intense focus of Product Time.

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The P-word


What a strange prejudice we have against play. But play is essential to creativity. If you’re feeling stuck with your writing, play is the prescription.

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Little Things Matter! A Lot!


For want of a nail the shoe was lost, For want of a shoe the horse was lost, For want of a horse the rider was lost, For want of a rider the battle was lost, For want of a battle the kingdom was lost And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.       […]

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Announcement: Meet Me at the Writer’s Buffet


What counts as Process and why is it so important? How does creative play help me get to my writing? What kind of Self-care does a writer need? How should I structure my Product Time to get the most out of it? I’ll answer these and any other questions you might have about how my […]

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The Uninvited Guest


By Rosanne Bane Last week, I planned to take a holiday break from my Process (creative play) and Product Time (writing). I committed to show up for 2 days of Process and 2 days of Product Time and that’s what I did. No guilt. No recriminations. No regrets. I knew that expecting myself to show up […]

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Are You Willing to See?


The desire to avert our eyes, to not see, is at the heart of all resistance. I’ve resisted writing all week…because any writing requires that I not avert my eyes… and right now I’m trying to not see.

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