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

Many of you may know that I’m a little bit obsessed with the Middle Ages.

Recently, I was sitting in this middle-aged “laverie,” which is where the people would come to wash their clothes. There’s a structure above that the river runs through so people can wash their clothes. 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 I’ve learned in my years of working with writers is it’s 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 I do is tap into into my study of neuroscience to find out:

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

By learning these two details, we can optimize your creativity and 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 through studying how the brain learns and creates. Through this approach, I can help you get to 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

 

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 based on neuroscientific principles of 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 writers end up really frustrated. When that happens, writers stop writing, sometimes for months, years, or forever.

 

The work I do 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.

 

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 want to talk about what we do over in the Writing Gym and why we believe what we believe. 

I’ve talked to some of you about peer-to-peer feedback, while some of you have also asked me about beta readers.

Feedback is something 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 ways to get feedback. When I say this, people look at me like “what do you mean?” because so many writers use that technique.

Writers that rely on these types of feedback end up giving up and not finishing their manuscripts; they get confused because they get lots of different types of feedback. 

When writers get the wrong kind of feedback, they oftentimes will give up their manuscript. People have been kicked out of writing groups, left writing groups, been insulted, and more. You wouldn’t believe the stories I’ve heard about frustration and uncertainty.

Mostly, what people end up getting from peer-to-peer or beta reader feedback is too many ideas at the same time.

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

It doesn’t have to be this way.

There is a method of feedback that’s actually effective and helps you to grow as a writer. You may have heard about or seen videos about the writing salons we do over in the Writing Gym.

A lot of writers say they are life-changing. 

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

As a professor, I did some work at MIT’s brain imaging lab and some work on Harvard’s campus. The work I’ve one focuses on optimizing your brain’s function. That’s what we do in the writing salon. You will get quality feedback, and it can be optimized to the way your brain is meant to work. 

People have said that their confidence increased, and 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 after she wrote for 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: https://datewiththemuse.com/bookacall

Feedback Horror Stories

Feedback Horror Stories

Feedback Horror Stories 

One aspect of writing that we talk about in Write to Publish is feedback, and within that topic are feedback horror stories. Many writers say to me they feel like nobody really understands their writing, and they get feedback on the wrong things. They want input on one thing but get input on another, and worse, on things not as important or meaningful as the content of their writing.  

This happens for many writers, and it hurts their writing. There is also the possibility 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’ve heard stories about personal attacks people suffered because others were jealous of or didn’t understand their writing. I’ve also heard about people who wrote a ridiculous number of pages, simply because they had inconsistent feedback and weren’t sure what to do. 

Here is a dating analogy. Let’s say I love to date bad boys, but keep wondering why they’re so bad for me. Or 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. To help their writing careers, they need to experience real and positive feedback, something they’ve never experienced before. 

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. In my book, I wrote about how your brain is intended to function in a certain way. 

Let’s say 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 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 with a group that optimizes 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 


How to find a quality writing group is something writers ask tome about every single day, and it’s usually about how frustrated they are with where they’ve been, or because they can’t find the right place to be in. 

Writing groups can be frustrating experiences. Writers may not feel a sense of belonging and community, but most importantly they don’t get the help they need, help 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 want is a place 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 use a structure 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. 

Negativity in a group not only feels bad for the receiving person, it also doesn’t work from a neuroscientific standpoint in helping you you learn and create well. So what does that mean here in Write to Publish? 

We stand for a supportive group where you can have supportive interactions with group members.

You can see that by scrolling through the group page. Nowhere in Write to Publish will you see insults, name-calling, criticism, and other negativity 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,” but never 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 frequently ask 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 anyone. 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, creates, and revises the best. We want to protect you from beta readers and all the other businesses that happen in other writing groups. 

In Write to Publish, we care about our 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 the writer 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, such as what kind of feedback you should get, where you should get it from, 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 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 is 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 I work with have access to the information I learned on the work that I‘ve done in the brain lab and studying neuroscience. This information 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 there were amazed 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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