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Only the Good Get Blocked


The idea that only certain writers get writer’s block is snobbery and classism. There is nothing inherently noble or damning in being blocked or feeling resistance.

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Around the Writer’s Block Class Open for Enrollment


If you’ve enjoyed my blog or gleaned useful suggestions from it, you’re going to love the Around the Writer’s Block class!  This class will give you: A safe, supportive community with other writers who are ready to stop struggling with resistance and start writing the way they want Awareness of what’s happening in your brain […]

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To


We can’t get into the waking dream of writing if we are constantly interrupting ourselves with trivia. Writers are particularly vulnerable to and negatively affected by our culture of distraction.

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Blending Both From the Very Beginning


By Rosanne Bane The most promising way I found to blend outlining with drafting is a technique that Robert Olen Butler describes in From Where You Dream. The best part about Butler’s approach is that you start blending from the very beginning, not after you’ve drafted hundreds of pages in multiple drafts or after you’ve […]

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The Great Debate: Outline-and-Order vs. Draft-and-Discover


By Rosanne Bane What’s your writing style: rational or intuitive? Do you prepare an outline before you start drafting? Or do you discover what the structure will be as you draft? Outline-and-Order writers prefer to know where they’re going; they check the map before they start the engine. Actually, they draw the map, then double-check […]

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