5 Best Tactics to Get Writing When It’s Not Happening

I think we all know those moments when it seems we just can’t do it. Maybe we’ve been working a bit too hard lately. Maybe things have been really hectic. Maybe we have been on vacation for a little while. Maybe we let things slide a little too long. It could be anything, and often we don’t know the reason why. …

What am I trying to Say? Don’t ask that!

Narrow it down first. Ask, “What kind of thing am I trying to Say?” I’m sure at different times you’ve been writing, feeling you are missing the one thing that would make it so much easier to see how things fit together. The one thing that would help you decide what to include and what to cut. The one thing that would allow you …

What Busts Through our Limits? A Sense of Inevitability.

     When we are down about writing, just replacing negative thoughts with positive ones is not enough. Sure, it can help a little—but those positive thoughts must feel real for it to help a lot. And so they must be based in something true and trustworthy. How do we find that truth in positive thoughts? Our desired outcome should …

The ONE thing behind our trouble writing

Jump Writer! Jump! Many of our writing troubles have one thing lurking behind them. Ok, it might not be the only thing, but more often than not it is the best thing to take a look at when we have been procrastinating, deferring, stalled, or zapped by a ray of almost-done-stasis-perpetual-motion-freeze-dimensionator. And what is that thing? Fear. But there is …

Beat Writing Resistance with the First Domino Technique

In working with Writers, as many of you know, I often place a lot of emphasis on framing the attention on very specific tasks. Our first Academic Muse eBook is all about that obviously. But there is IMMENSE power in going EVEN SMALLER.  We can get even more specificker (yes that can be a word, if we really want it …

Writing without the Weight of Emotional Multitasking

  The fastest way to eliminate the drain of multitasking is turn off cellphones and email and The Google. But the deepest way is to resolve the emotional multitasking that is sapping our creative willpower. By which I mean, our inner sense of conflicting purpose, aim, and energy. When we write at cross-purposes, in a state of inner war, most …

A Morning Writer’s Ritual: Wake Up and Stay Productive

Every writer should have one. If you’ve ever watched your day fritter away, then you know how frustrating it is to have some time available which then becomes a total wash. Or you know the feeling of working really hard but seeming to accomplish nothing. Or knowing exactly what you need to be doing, but somehow always finding yourself doing …

What is the Syllabus for your Writing Life?

At the beginning of each semester, we academic writers often find ourselves planning out a course of action for a… course. But what about our writing? What’s the plan? Oftentimes the plan has one big item, or maybe a few, but there’s no plot, no sequence. In our very brilliant classes we go through a carefully designed order, but for …

Need Oomph in Your Argument? ŽižekIt!™

Stretching leads to Writing Flexibility Could this possibly make writing flow easier and more naturally in the future? The ancients routinely trained their ability to argue any position. It was considered an art in itself, and no one was fit for intellectual pursuits before first training in these preliminaries, the Progymnasmata. Sometimes we offspring of the philosophers have lost contact with …

How to Enhance Your Awareness of Writing Form

  “So… what are you working on?” Most of us in academia get called on to give “the elevator pitch.” If you’re like me, when people ask that sometimes there’s this little freeze moment, or hiccup, or something—or it might actually be a dimensional shift where you skip to another universe, have a series of violent adventures that lead to …