Around the Writer's Block : Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-01
  • Publisher: Tarcher
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Discover the tricks that your brain uses to keep you from writing-and how to beat them. Do you: Want to write, but find it impossible to get started? Keep your schedules so full that you don't have any time to write? Wait until the last minute to write, even though you know you could do a better job if you gave yourself more time? Suddenly remember ten other things that you need to do whenever you sit down to write? Sabotage your own best efforts with lost files, missed deadlines, or excessive self-criticism? The good news is that you're not lazy, undisciplined, or lacking in willpower, talent or ambition. You just need to learn what's going on inside your brain, and harness the power of brain science to beat resistance and develop a productive writing habit. In Around the Writer's Block, Rosanne Bane-- a creativity coach and writing teacher for more than 20 years-- uses the most recent breakthroughs in brain science to help us understand, in simple, clear language, where writing resistance comes from: a fight-or-flight response hard-wired into our brain, which can make us desperate to flee the sources of our anxieties by any means possible. Bane's three-part plan, which has improved the productivity of thousands of writers, helps you develop new reliable writing habits, rewire the brain's responses to the anxiety of writing, and turn writing from a source of stress and anxiety into one of joy and personal growth.

Author Biography

Rosanne Bane lives in Minneapolis with her partner and their two dogs, Blue and Kelda.

Table of Contents

Overviewp. 1
Introductionp. 3
What Do They Got That I Ain't Got?p. 3
Resistance Is Normalp. 5
Resistance Can Be Resolvedp. 7
The Power of a Writing Habitp. 10
Why is it so hard to write?p. 14
Why Do We Do That?p. 14
If I Only Had a Brainp. 15
Brain Basicsp. 16
Who's Driving the Bus?p. 19
Limbic System Takeoversp. 20
Meet Aimeep. 23
Who's Your Dr. Clapar├Ęde?p. 25
Writing is its Own Reward-or Threatp. 27
Recognizing Resistancep. 29
Hope Is Not Lostp. 31
Plastic Brain to the Rescue!p. 32
Three Habitsp. 37
Habit One: Processp. 39
Success Storyp. 39
Process Timep. 40
Follow Their Lead-or Create Your Own Dancep. 44
Surrender Expectationsp. 46
When and Howp. 52
Habit Two: Product Timep. 58
Success Storyp. 58
When is it Process Time; When is it Product Time?p. 59
Why "Product Time" Instead of "Writing Time"p. 60
Showing Up Is Keyp. 64
How to Evaluate Product Timep. 66
Stages of the Creative Processp. 69
The Second Key: Fifteen Magic Minutesp. 79
First Things Firstp. 81
Ten Reasons to Keep the Commitment Smallp. 82
Past Initial Inertiap. 83
Surrender Illusions of Grandeur and Expectations of Perfectionp. 86
Habit Three: Self-Carep. 91
Success Story: You Can't Truly Care for Others If You're Not Caring for Yourselfp. 91
Self-carep. 92
Success Story: Self-care, Not Self-indulgencep. 93
Success Story: Perchance to Achieve a Dreamp. 96
Success Story: On the Movep. 100
Writers at Work-Attention Requiredp. 106
Preserve Time to Focusp. 111
Success Story: Quietly, Mindfully Refilling the Wellp. 119
Success Story: The Play's the Thingp. 124
Play is Serious Businessp. 126
Play is Creativep. 129
Putting the Habits into Practicep. 133
Rituals and Routinesp. 135
Success Storiesp. 135
Why Are Writers So Superstitious?p. 136
Experience Creates Connectionsp. 140
Stop in the Middle ofp. 144
Record and Rewardp. 148
Success Storyp. 148
Writer's Log: Stardate 2012p. 150
Benefits of Trackingp. 154
It Pays to Pay Yourselfp. 158
What Rewards Do to Creativityp. 160
What Rewards Do for Routine Tasksp. 163
Puppies and Teeter-totters: Shaping Behaviorp. 171
Shape-shiftingp. 173
Why is it so hard to write, revisitedp. 177
Anti-success Storyp. 177
The Saboteur May or May Not Be Your Inner Criticp. 178
Psychological Origins of the Saboteurp. 179
Success Storyp. 183
Know Your Enemyp. 185
Five Faces, Four Characteristics, One Goalp. 189
Don't Give in and Don't Give Upp. 192
Success Storyp. 193
An Obsession of a Different Colorp. 198
Get Clearp. 203
Four Steps to Resolving Resistancep. 206
Learning Storyp. 206
What Went Wrongp. 210
Step One: Recognize the Resistancep. 211
Resistance by Any Other Namep. 211
That's Life; This is Resistancep. 216
Why the Why Doesn't Matterp. 220
Step Two: Relax into Resistancep. 223
Relaxing in the Nowp. 227
Step Three: Respect the Wisdom of the Resistancep. 234
The Leap of No Faithp. 235
The Non-leap of Faithp. 237
Step Four: Redirect the Energy of the Resistancep. 240
Smarter Than the Average Whale?p. 242
Spontaneous Redirectionp. 244
Why it Mattersp. 246
Your Success Storyp. 246
Habit Begets Masteryp. 249
Teaching Story: Feed the Right Wolfp. 252
You Owe it to Them; You Owe it to Yourselfp. 256
Pay It Forwardp. 257
Success Story: Love Mattersp. 258
Public and Personal Successp. 259
When Audience Matters Too Muchp. 262
Choose Your First Audience Wellp. 263
Can Your Partner Be Your Writing Buddy?p. 265
Starting Overp. 267
Success Story: Hope in the Face of Disappointmentp. 270
Keep It Small; Keep It Light; keep it Upp. 271
Please Tell Me Your Storyp. 273
Appendixp. 274
Acknowledgmentsp. 284
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 297
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