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Zen and the Art of Banishing Writer’s Block

Have you ever thought about something scary and started sweating or panting?

"Amy Dean meditates for writer's block"

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→