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Your Duty to Protect Yourself from Harmful Feedback

Many people in your writing life will not be highly skilled in the art of giving useful, non-traumatizing feedback about your work. As the primary custodian of your writing, one of your responsibilities is to protect your ability to do … Continue reading

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Writing people are people who need people; they’re the luckiest people

If the writing is not going so well, you might  benefit from talking with…people. The process of talking about your predicament in conversation often results in a productive shift. (Those of us in the therapy business are very grateful that … Continue reading

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Elephant in the room – the challenges of talking with a blocked writer (video)

So, you  know someone who is having some trouble producing the written word. What do you say to them? It’s a risky business. There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s packed with emotion. If you ignore or completely avoid … Continue reading

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Flogging a dead horse: writing hard but never reaching the happy trails…

Writing and riding have a lot in common, in addition to being (almost) homonyms. Both are learned skills that demand patience, a sense of control, discipline and an ongoing relationship with a powerful beast. The beasts are: 1) a real … Continue reading

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