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Are You Infected With Optimistic Denial?

Optimism is good, right? Usually. But not when it’s a cover-up for fear and denial. I read a quote last week that got me thinking about the current publishing economy and my career. I’ve lived through a couple of publishing … Continue reading

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What Fear is Holding You Back?

I’ve been reading a book on how fear affects writing (and art-making of all kinds). Fear is what holds many (even most) of us back from being the writers we dream of being–and probably could be. Art & Fear suggests … Continue reading

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Weakened Mind Anxiety (Part 2)

Last week we talked about “weakened mind anxiety” and what that feels like. Symptoms that rear their ugly heads just before you try to write include fatigue, foggy brain, depression and an urge to cry/sleep/watch TV/surf the ‘Net. (from Fearless … Continue reading

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Weakened Mind Anxiety (Part 1)

For the past week, I’ve been suffering from “weakened mind anxiety,” according to Eric Miasel’s Fearless Creating. It’s the anxiety that comes when you begin a piece of work. It’s not the anxiety that comes from choosing an idea. It’s … Continue reading

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Lies in Disguise: Changing Your Beliefs to Destroy Writer’s Block

“But I don’t want to fail again.” I’ve said it to myself often enough. Students over the years have said that to me countless times. That fear of failure often happens when it is time to set goals or start … Continue reading

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