Writing As A Tiny Habit

Somebody recently told me about a website called “Tiny Habits.” Since one of the main tenets of my approach to working through writing inhibition is to think small, the name appealed immediately to me.  By thinking not only large but humongously, so many of the […]

Stop-and-G0 Writing

So many writers I’ve worked with write as if they are driving in stop-and-go traffic.  They sit down to write, gather some momentum, then something inevitably presents itself to make them slow way way down, or more likely stop.  This something can be anything from […]

Sparing the Writer

I often ask the writers I’m working with to check in with me after they write.  Nothing elaborate, just a note to let me know how the writing felt that day.  If you are struggling, writing can be a lonely space, so knowing I’m on […]

Nurturing a Life-Long Writing Practice

I often speak to writers, individually and in classes and workshops, about establishing and sustaining a life-long writing practice.  Most are hungry for what I have to say, and remain rapt for my entire spiel.  But last week, speaking to the participants of this year’s […]

Hoarding Self-Criticism

So many of the writers I work with are hoarders.  Not of old newspapers and magazines, rubber bands or bag ties, but of self criticism. They think nothing of telling themselves that they’re wasting their time writing, that nobody will like what they write; nobody […]

Creating a Writing Window

A writer I’m working with, who has struggled with writing inhibition, decided he wanted to write every day.  So he made a commitment, set up his schedule around writing each morning, went to bed, got up the next day, and began walking toward his writing […]

Identifying Your Anxiety/ies

A former client recently interviewed me for a podcast he was creating on the subject of failure.  He wanted me to talk mainly about a writer’s fear of criticism and rejection, to help his listeners understand their fear of failure and eventually learn to write […]

If You Can’t Sit Down to Write, Get Started, Keep Writing, or Complete a Writing Project,

 you are most likely struggling with what I’m now calling writing inhibition. This simply means that at some point during your writing process, something gets in the way and inhibits your moving onto the next phase. And while what “gets in the way” is in […]

Not Writer’s Block

     I should never have included the words “writer’s block” in the title of my book.  I knew better, but the publisher requested the subtitle “A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block, and I agreed.  I knew it was a mistake.  […]

Choosing an Ideal Reader

  So often when we sit down to write, we bring with us a chorus of nay-sayers.    All those people we’ve encountered throughout our lifetime who have been unkind to us or critical of what we’ve said or done.   The chorus might consist of one […]