When Writing Is Hard

How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

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How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

In my own struggle to do the work I’m compelled to do, I’m often reminded of the idea that we must “battle our own demons.” American novelist and screenwriter William Goldman once said, “…the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of […]

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The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 6, 2014 1 Comment • views: 1611
The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

In looking over the many author features here on Writing and Wellness, I’ve noticed one thing that keeps coming up again and again. Have you seen it? On Friday, May 2, 2014, I read Steven Pressfield’s latest blog. There it was again. Even this former Marine and hugely successful author wasn’t sure why. I’m facing […]

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Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

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Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

Do you enjoy the process of writing, or are you happiest when “having written?” I’ve heard colleagues say writing is difficult and painful, while “having written” brings achievement, elation, pride. “I asked a Hamline workshop once how many of them actually liked to write and most of them preferred having written: the pride in finishing, […]

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If Peyton Manning Can Fail in Front of 100+ Million People, What Are You Afraid Of?

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If Peyton Manning Can Fail in Front of 100+ Million People, What Are You Afraid Of?

If Peyton Manning can fail and fail BIG in front of an estimated 108-plus million people and still come out confident and self-assured, what do you and I have to fear?

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Accept the Impossibilities and Keep Going

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Accept the Impossibilities and Keep Going

Anything worthwhile presents obstacles—how will you overcome them?

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

What Tom Petty said was true—waiting is hard. And sometimes life can seem like one big long line. Waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Waiting for your ship to come in, your dreams to come true, or your luck to turn around. If you’ve started down a new road, you may be waiting to see […]

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Follow the Inner Voice Or Not? The Power of Choice

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 27, 2011 0 Comments • views: 464
Follow the Inner Voice Or Not? The Power of Choice

I really admire the writing of Bill Kenower, Editor-in-Chief of “Author” online magazine, a product of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. He posts a daily blog and I’m always amazed at his ability to write so profoundly on such a demanding schedule. In one of his recent blogs entitled “Born This Way,” Kenower talks about […]

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Tunnel Vision Can Keep You Unemployed

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 23, 2011 2 Comments • views: 624
Tunnel Vision Can Keep You Unemployed

I heard a disturbing news story a few days ago. It told about how people who have been without a job for six months to a year are coming up against a new kind of employee discrimination—against the unemployed. Employer thinking apparently goes something like this: “What? It’s been that long and you haven’t found […]

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5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

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5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Let’s face it—following your inner voice doesn’t always translate immediately into joy and bliss. A lot of times it can make you feel downright uncomfortable. Taking action to pursue your calling will help you find meaning in life and bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it’s also likely to cause you some anxiety […]

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Whatever It Is, It Shapes You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on May 6, 2011 0 Comments • views: 563
Whatever It Is, It Shapes You

I hear people all the time say the words, “I can’t.” I can’t leave my job right now, because I have too many bills. I can’t change my relationship, because he/she just won’t change anyway, and I can’t leave, because, well, we’ve been together too long and there are the kids to consider. I can’t […]

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The Back Door to the Inner Voice of Confidence

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The Back Door to the Inner Voice of Confidence

I just finished a performance tonight at an awards concert. I accompanied my French horn student, who was the winner of a scholarship competition. I was a little nervous, as it’s been a long time since I’ve played on stage. I’ve been a musician for decades, soloing in high school and college and leading the […]

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The Voice of Resistance is NOT the Real Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on April 29, 2011 0 Comments • views: 437
The Voice of Resistance is NOT the Real Inner Voice

Steven Pressfield wrote in his book The War of Art that resistance with a capital “R” raises its ugly head anytime we try to pursue something that calls to us from our higher nature. Such activities, he says, may include any calling in any creative art, any diet or health regime, any program of spiritual […]

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