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Library JournalFor stymied writers of all stripes, most books that aim to guide them through the challenges they face in productively getting words on paper are ineffective. Blocked writers do not need to learn how to write; they need—and want—to understand why they seem unable to undertake productively the very thing they want most to do. If they understand what is behind their regular procrastination, the perfectionism that halts them, the judgmental voice that stands in their way, they can then learn ways around these blocks, just as Bane’s title promises. The solution for blocked writers lies chiefly, per the author, in understanding how our brains function and how our hard-wired behaviors and responses can take charge. In the first section, “Overview,” Bane explains unpretentiously how elements of our brain, such as the limbic system and the cortex, can do battle in ways that impede our writing progress. Her next section, “Three Habits,” outlines solutions that are modest yet will steer writers toward fruition: “process time,” “product time,” and “self-care,” only one of which may appear to relate to writing. Yet all in fact do. Her last section discusses “Putting the Habits into Practice” and further discusses how we may counter resistance.
Verdict Very highly recommended to all struggling writers for its concrete, friendly, and profoundly useful approach.—Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.