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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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$66 to Replace Writing Resistance with a Writing Habit: Guest Post by BeccyJoy


Beccy is the author of beccyjoy, a blog she uses to share stories from her perspective as a young psychotherapist, Christian, mom, wife, writer and Minnesotan. Beccy posts focus on “having great relationships, motherhood, having awesome mental health, faith, saving money, being active, pursuing dreams, and understanding each other.” I’m honored to share Beccy’s observations […]

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Want Your Writing to Soar?


One of the most common causes of resistance is the desire to write a great novel or a great poem, essay, screenplay, a great something. If not great, at least really good. The more you want your writing to soar, the more you strive to reach the altitudes of greatness, the more resistance you can […]

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Revised Definitions of Revision and Resistance


Re-vise: def to re-tighten the screws on a vise attached to your head. (Definition suggested by Kurtis Scaletta.) Re-vision: def to see differently because of the tears brought to your eyes by the tightening of the vise on your head. Re-sist: def to insist, despite all evidence to the contrary, that what is, is not […]

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Stop Shoulding Yourself into Writer’s Block


Writer’s resistance often comes from fear, but sometimes it comes from not understanding and respecting the creative process and our own unique way of working within that process. We get wrapped up in how we think we should write and worried that we’re doing it wrong. “I should have this figured it out by now.” […]

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Really! Pay No Attention to that Writer’s Block Behind the Curtain (Part 2)


The less attention you pay to resistance, the better. What you don’t want to do is wring your hands and work yourself into a lather of worry and doom.

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Pay No Attention to that Writer’s Block Behind the Curtain


When the Wizard of Oz says “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” we know that’s exactly what Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man should look at. But paying attention to writer’s block and other forms of resistance is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you have to know what your […]

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Wisdom of Resistance


Just because you don’t know why you’re resistant, doesn’t mean you don’t have a good reason to be resistant.

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How Splintered Is Your Attention? Take the Quiz and Find Out


  Is Your Attention Splintered? One of the best things I do for myself as a writer and a human being is to spend 45 to 60 minutes at least once a week in the dog park (in addition to walking the dogs out my front door every morning). We’re lucky to have a dog […]

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The Deadline Myth


Writers do NOT write better when a deadline is looming. Deadlines do NOT make people more creative. Deadlines make people more resistant.

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