Imagine you had a time machine and you could visit a younger version of yourself as you entered the workforce for the first time. What advice would you give yourself?
I’ve been pondering that question since my cousin Kate, who just graduated college with a degree in public relations, asked if she could “pick my brain.” She’s clearly off to a strong start with some corporate lingo and a willingness to ask for help.
Here’s what I advised her: Read More→
Have you ever thought about something scary and started sweating or panting?
Amy Dean meditates
That’s because our bodies and minds don’t discern the difference between what we tell ourselves and what actually happens. Conjure a mental image vividly and persistently and your body and mind will interpret it as reality.
In the case of writer’s block, tell yourself that you can’t write and your mind and body will believe you. That’s what I did.
Once upon a time I suffered through a prolonged period of writer’s block. I tried taking the advice of writing coaches to escape its clutches.
Read other writers for inspiration. Conduct more research. Write anything. Go to a coffee shop. Get some fresh air. Take a shower. Drink a beer. Sound familiar?
None of them worked for me. My body and mind were far more enthralled with the story that I was telling myself: I had lost my ability to write. Read More→