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

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

by Rosanne Bane
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585428717
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
525,651
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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

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