Tagged with writing

Revision vs. Resistance (watch out, writers!)

If you’ve read Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, then you know about Resistance. Pressfield believes Resistance is an actual force (invisible, implacable & impersonal) whose aim is to prevent us from doing our work. I happen to agree. I think it’s part of the Hero’s Journey of life. We get the Call to … Continue reading

Panic Attack or Lotus Moment?

The other night I had an anxiety attack, in public, during a reading amidst a group of fellow writers. It caught me by complete surprise. It wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced anxiety like that, but it was the first time in many long years. I wasn’t able to finish reading the piece I had written. … Continue reading

Don’t Cram Everything into One Story

As writers, we’re under a lot of pressure. True, writing can be a joyful, invigorating process, but there is also a great deal of stress involved: Scene development, dialogue, plot, characters and thematic questions, not to mention all those tricky points of grammar. There is pressure to get it all right. Pressure is like crack … Continue reading

Being Vulnerable

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Never let ‘em see you sweat!” Meaning that showing our vulnerabilities is taboo. It goes against everything we’re taught, directly or indirectly. From the time we are children we repeatedly learn that being vulnerable equals being hurt. In order to survive, we toughen up. This may be “surviving” as … Continue reading