“Rosanne Bane understands not only the resistance all writers face but the neurological basis of that resistance. Her ingenious application of research about our brains to the process of writing and her wise counsel overall can help writers at every level.”
Ralph Keyes, author of
The Courage to Write and
The Writer’s Book of Hope
“I’d written a fairly successful book, then sunken into some sort of weird literary malaise where sorting socks was always more important than writing. Rosanne helped me define the problem, then helped me work (and it was work) my way out of it. Whether you’re a new or seasoned writer, she has much to offer.”
Spike Carlsen, Author of
A Splintered History of Wood and Woodworking FAQ
Romance Writers of American Conference 2018
Keynote to the Professional Authors Network
Romancing the Creative Brain: Avoiding Burnout and Block (July 19, Denver)
“What are you working on?” is a great way to start a conversation, but it can suggest that writers must always be writing. Of course, you want to keep writing and you need to keep promoting, but when do you pause to catch your breath and restore your creative energy?
The pace of prolific publication, whether you’re realizing how much harder it is to write your second book or driving yourself to complete your fiftieth novel, can cause burnout, writer’s block or other forms of resistance: procrastination, distraction, paralysis, overscheduling.
You do not need more discipline, will power, ambition or talent. You need to understand what’s going on in your brain when you want to write, but can’t. Most importantly, you need to understand why play is essential to the creative brain and how to make it a serious part of your sustainable writing practice.
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