The REAL Cause of Writer’s Block? Probably Not What You Think

The REAL Cause of Writer’s Block? Probably Not What You Think

The REAL Cause of Writer’s Block? Probably Not What You Think

Hey, writers and music daters. Today, I want to talk to you about imagination.

So, many of you may know that I’m a little bit obsessed with the Middle Ages. I was sitting in this middle-aged “laverie,” which is where the people would come to wash their clothes. There’s a structure above and the river runs through it and people can wash their clothes here. And this is something that really captivates my imagination.

I feel as though I can see the people here, see them working, living, being human. 

We all get our inspiration and our imagination from different sources and different things.

One of the things that I’ve learned in my years of working with writers is that it’s really important to know how your brain works, and how you get inspiration. You may have seen some of the work that I’ve done with writers here in the group.

One of the things that I do is really tap into into my study of neuroscience to find out:

      1. what kind of thinker you are
  1. what kind of creator you are

This is really to optimize your creativity, and to tailor our methods to suit your individual needs.


 If you’ve ever participated in one of our salons, you know sometimes people talk about writer’s block. “I’m so stuck, I don’t know what to write next.” I’ve got a lot of strategies to help with that, through studying how the brain learns and creates. And I use that to really get you into a beautiful, expansive place of imagination. 

I’d love to talk about where you are with your writing,  where you’d like to go, and how you can get there and be successful in your writing career.

If this sounds like you, let’s chat. Until next time, happy writing.

How to Optimize Neuroscience to Get Helpful Writing Feedback

How to Optimize Neuroscience to Get Helpful Writing Feedback

How to Optimize Neuroscience to Get Helpful Writing Feedback

Hey there, writers and muse daters!

If you know me at all, you know that neuroscience plays a big role in how I work with writers over in the Writing Gym. If you don’t know me, you might be wondering, “What does neuroscience have to do with writing?”


The way that we give feedback during our writing sessions together is really based on neuroscientific principles around how we learn and create in optimal ways. We use neuroscience to break down the various phases in the brain of creation and critique. Creation and critique. They are two separate processes.

Many programs inadvertently mix up those two processes, and the result is that writers end up really frustrated. They get stymied. And when that happens, they stop writing—sometimes for months, years, or even forever.

So, the work that I do really optimizes how we learn and create best so that writers can get into creative flow—not just in a gut-feeling way, but literally in the synaptic movement between the two hemispheres of the brain.

And we get results.

If you want to optimize your work, if you want to become the best writer you can be, I would love to chat with you. You can drop yourself directly into my team’s calendar and we can get on the phone. We’ll talk about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there. Until next time, Happy Writing!

I’d love to chat with you to see if you’re the right fit for our community, talk about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there. You can book yourself directly into my calendar, and we can chat about your writing dream.

Until next time, Happy Writing

Do You Want LIFE-CHANGING Feedback on Your Writing?

Do You Want LIFE-CHANGING Feedback on Your Writing?

Do you want LIFE-CHANGING feedback on your writing?

I’ve talked to some of you about peer-to-peer feedback while some of you have also asked me about beta readers. I wanted to talk about what we do over in the Writing Gym and why we believe what we believe. 

Feedback is something that I wrote a lot about in my book “Storytelling for Pantsers,” including peer-to- peer feedback and beta readers and why those are not the best way to get feedback. When I say this, people kind of look at me like “what do you mean?” because the thing is so many writers use that technique.

These writers end up giving up and not finish their manuscript; they get confused because they get lots of different types of feedback. 

When writers get the wrong kind of feedback when they’re going to that peer-to-peer or that beta reader model they oftentimes will give up their manuscript. People have been kicked out of writing groups, left writing groups, been insulted, been stopped–you wouldn’t believe the stories that I’ve heard about frustration and uncertainty. Mostly what people end up getting in that peer-to-peer or beta reader feedback is just too many ideas at the same time.

One reader says “Well, I think you should do this” and then another person says “No, you should do the opposite” and then there’s the author in the middle just confused. I bet that you have a story that’s something like that because so many writers have talked to me about that and how they feel that frustration.

It doesn’t have to be that way. There is a method of feedback that’s actually really effective and helps you to grow as a writer and to be in flow with your. A lot of writers say that this is life-changing. You may have heard or seen in some of the videos about the writing salons that we do over in the Writing Gym.

These salons are based on the neuroscientific research that I did during my tenure as a teacher.

As a professor, I did some work over at MIT’s brain imaging lab and some work on Harvard’s campus. All that is to say that you know the work that I’ve done optimizes your brains function. That’s really what we do in the writing salon. You will get quality feedback and it can be optimized to the way that your brain is meant to work. 

People have said that their confidence is boosted, that they felt like a real writer after they attended a salon. There have been many incidents where people write non-stop for days. I had one person come to one of these writing salons and wrote the entire weekend. She has since published five books. The writing salon is really, really powerful and I hope that you can join us there. 

To find out where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there put yourself on my calendar:

Feedback Horror Stories

Feedback Horror Stories

Feedback Horror Stories 

Many of the things that we talk about in Write to Publish is feedback. And within that favorite topic are feedback horror stories. Many writers come to me and say that they feel like nobody really gets their writing and getting feedback on the wrong things. They get to a feedback situation wanting input on one thing but getting input on another–and worse, on things not as important or meaningful as the content of their writing.  

This happens for so many writers and it hurts people and their writing. There is also a possibility that it can hurt your brain, which I wrote extensively about in my book. Getting the wrong kind of feedback at the wrong time can reprogram the neural pathways of your brain. So yes, there are consequences to getting bad feedback. 

I heard lots of stories about personal attacks that people have suffered because people were jealous of their writing, or they didn’t understand their writing, or simply because they just gave bad feedback. I’ve also heard about people who wrote a ridiculous number of pages simply because they had inconsistent feedback and they weren’t sure what to do. 

Here is a dating analogy. Let’s say I just love to date bad boys but keep wondering why they’re so bad for me. Or that I only date selfish people and keep wondering why they’re so selfish. This is the same with writing. Many writers keep getting bad feedback from beta readers, other writers, and other people but never get themselves out of that pattern. What these writers have to do is change. What they need is to experience real and positive feedback–which is something that they’ve never experienced before–that can help their writing careers. 

It doesn’t have to be a feedback horror story. In the Writing Gym salons, we give you feedback that boosts your confidence and inspires your writing. We give feedback based on neuroscience. One of the things that I wrote about in my book is that your brain was intended to function in a certain way.

Let’s say that your knees and elbows only bend one way. You know this fact yet you want to run a marathon. You won’t be able to run that marathon because your body parts weren’t meant to do things like that. Your brain functions in the same way. If you’re in a writing group that utilizes beta readers that is the equivalent of my marathon analogy. 

If you would like to know what it’s like to be in a feedback situation in a group where you’re optimizing your brain’s natural function then I’d love to speak with you.

How To Find A Quality Writing Group

How To Find A Quality Writing Group

How to Find a Quality Writing Group 

This topic is something writers talk to me about every single day–and when they do they’re usually about how frustrated they are with where they’ve been or because they can’t find the right place to be in. 

Some of the frustrating experiences involve some type of writing group. They don’t feel a sense of belonging and a sense of community, but most importantly they don’t get the help they need that is centered around quality feedback. Instead, what they get is a lot of negativity, backbiting, and comparisons. You can imagine how frustrating it is to be in this kind of environment. 

All these writers really want is a place where they can go and have a quality writing experience. And that is why I created this group called Write to Publish. In this group, we created a structure that is based on my study of neuroscience–how your brain thinks and creates the best. Let me tell you about one of the things we found. 

Firstly, negativity in a group not only feels bad for the person getting the negativity it also doesn’t work from a neuroscientific standpoint for you to be able to learn and create well. So what does that mean here in Write to Publish? That means that what we stand for a supportive group where can have supportive interactions with group members. You can see that just by scrolling through the group page. Nowhere in Write to Publish will you see insults, name-calling, criticism and other negativity that I have seen in other groups. That is something we do not tolerate. 

Other writing groups have people who join with a kind of “dump and leave” philosophy.” People jump in there and say “Buy my $0.99 ebook” and then never really interact with anyone. All they want is people to read their ebook. You will never see a post like that in Write to Publish. We simply do not allow them. We do sometimes tell you about the programs that are tried, true, and tested in the absolute “know.” We are interested in you as a person and as a writer, so all of the programs we endorse in Write to Publish also work from a neuroscientific standpoint. 

People in other writing groups are frequently asking for feedback. They want are beta readers, to send you some pages of their book, for you to give their book an amazon review and more. You will never see people asking for feedback structures in Write to Publish. So what does feedback mean to us?

Here, we take feedback seriously. It has to be quality, not something you get from just someone. Our feedback is based on neuroscience, based on interactions that you have around your writing. That means we give feedback in the best way we know how based on how your brain learns, craets, and revises the best. We want to protect you from beta readers and all the other businesses that happens in other writing groups. 

In Write to Publish we care about our caring and amazing community of writers. We have tons of resources in our page, such as videos where I answer frequently asked questions about writing, publishing, and selling your novel. I address questions such as “How do I finish a novel?” “What do I do with my characters? My plot arc?” “What are the different kinds of publishing?” “How do I know that I got a reliable publisher” “How do I market my novel?” and more.

Here, we care a lot about your writing and publishing journey. We do not tolerate negativity and poor feedback so you can have a space where your brain is functioning at optimal capacity and you can be that writer that you want to be. 

If you want to have a chat about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there click this link. And please, do not hesitate to join our Facebook group Write to Publish if anything I said resonated with you. 

Is Your Feedback Based On Neuroscience

Is Your Feedback Based On Neuroscience

Is Your Feedback Based On Neuroscience?

Many of you continue to ask about feedback–what kind of feedback you should get, where you should get it, and what qualifies as quality feedback. 

As I mentioned before, feedback is a commodity that cannot be undervalued. But what happens if you don’t get quality feedback for your writing? Some writers have given up writing because they got feedback from someone who did not want to help them. In other words, they got feedback from the wrong source at the wrong time

Feedback isn’t something just anyone can give you–it takes an expert, a professional to give you quality feedback that can help you with your writing career. 

Two things that you need to keep in mind are the timing and quality of the feedback. The way that your brain works as shown by neuroscientific research, there are certain times where feedback works better under certain methods. I’ve seen this first hand at the brain imaging lab. This is just how your brain works and you cannot change it. 

Writers whom I work with have access to the  information that I learned on the work that I‘ve done in the brain lab and studying neuroscience that can help them with their writing career. I work with them in a way that the feedback they get can be valuable to their writing. What does that mean for you? What does it mean to have feedback that can help your creativity rather than stifle you? 

Here at the Writing Gym we hold writing salons. We had an in-person salon in Colorado and the people who were there were just wowed with the creative release they experienced. They did not want to stop writing because inspiration just kept coming. 

No, this is not a magic trick. It’s just neuroscience. We have to address our brain’s needs in the way that it works. Once we learn how to optimize the way that our brain works, we get to a very creative zone. 

If you are interested in optimizing your creativity and learning how your brain works to move your writing forward, put yourself right into my calendar for a talk

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