Praise for Around the Writers Block
“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
“Rosanne Bane has addressed all the excuses that keep us writers from producing.”
Pierce J. Howard, Ph.D., Managing Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies and author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain
“Compared to the ubiquitous ‘inspirational’ artists’ guides that seem determined to free your inner child and invite angels to perch on your shoulder, the approach taken by Rosanne Bane in Around The Writer's Block strikes me as singularly refreshing and intelligent. Bane introduces the many obstacles commonly lumped under the heading of “artist’s block” by providing detailed descriptions of how different parts of the brain connect and interact when faced with different mental challenges – and then uses that knowledge to fashion responses artists can use to good advantage as they set about trying to get at the writing they need to do.”
Ted Orland, co-author of Art and Fear
“Rosanne Bane’s Around the Writers’ Block was a book I could only read in short bursts because it so inspired me to get off my butt and write that I had to set the book down and tackle my own creative projects instead!”
Tate Hallaway, bestselling author of Tall, Dark & Dead
“Around the Writer’s Block gives writers the tools we need to tackle the resistance born inside our own brains. And the best part? You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to put Rosanne Bane’s practical and profound advice to immediate use in accelerating towards your own writing goals!”
Lisa Bullard, award-winning author of Trick or Treat on Milton Street and Not Enough Beds
“Rosanne Bane’s compassion for writers struggling with writer’s block (and more subtle forms of resistance) combined with the ability to explain in clear, simple language how brain science applies to writers make this book a gift to both aspiring and established writers. Around the Writer’s Block gives writers everywhere the information, habits and tools they need to work through writing resistance.”
Brian Malloy, author of The Year of Ice, Brendan Wolf and Twelve Long Months
“Practical and energizing, Rosanne Bane’s valuable exercises and healthy habits can successfully retrain your brain and creative spirit to manifest the dream that’s in your heart.”
Mary Carroll Moore, award-winning author of Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book
Critical Acclaim forDancing in the Dragon’s Den
Dancing in the Dragon’s Den is a fine psychology guide which covers using the inner spirit to unlock personal strengths.
If you’re not familiar with the shadow concept, don’t worry. After reading the first introductory chapters, you will have a basic understanding. If shadow is already a familiar concept, expect to encounter a fresh approach. You will find this book accessible, interesting, intelligent and truly helpful — one you will likely read and then return to again.
The book contains an impressive collection of original exercises, eleven guided imageries that allow you to experience concepts, some really good stories and inspiring quotations. There is also a generous annotated resource directory.
Please consider giving Dancing in the Dragon’s Den as a very special gift to yourself! And if you really like the guided imageries, they are also available on CD.
Laurie Mattila, M.S.Ed. Good Books
I have worked through this book and can’t say enough good things about it. If you’re ready to truly expand your creativity this is the book for you. I have learned how to recognize when my shadow is getting in the way of my progress, and how to use the knowledge to keep growing. If you are honest with yourself, do the exercises and keep going even when it’s scary you too can integrate your shadow and improve your life. There’s also a CD with Rosanne reading the guided imageries to you - highly recommend it too.
Amazon.com Reader Review
I’ve got a closet full of other books and tapes that promise me I’ll be more creative if I just set virtuous goals and think positively, but often I follow that advice and still feel blocked and paralyzed. This book gives a comprehensive explanation of the repressed “shadow” parts of ourselves that we try to hide, but which can really make us feel alive and liberated if we choose to embrace them rather than wait for them to surprise us at the most inappropriate times. I got a lot out of the guided imageries and the playful exercises (like dressing up like your shadow or making a collage of your repressed qualities). It’s still a scary process for me to blast through my comfort zone and try daring things, but the times I’ve taken the book’s advice I’ve felt wonderfully alive.
Amazon.com Reader Review
Dancing in the Dragon’s Den is the first book to specifically address the relationship between shadow and creativity, providing an extensive treasure of specific, practical answers on how to integrate the shadow.
Jeremiah Abrams editor of Shadow in America
Through exercise choices, shadow-playing, free writing and guided imagery, Bane shows us how to integrate our shadow side to re-ignite the creative fire smoldering inside it.
This book is not to be taken lightly. It is not a reference book to be merely read. It is a book to be experienced. If you are ready for the journey into exploring your shadow and rediscovering your creative essence, this is the book for you. I ask if you are ready because Rosanne Bane has crafted a magnificent guide for individual awareness using journaling, guided imagery, storytelling and more. Rosanne helps us understand that going into the Dragon’s Den, confronting and wrestling with the parts of ourselves that the ego has chosen not to recognize – those shadow aspects – doesn’t have to be terrifying, but can be a joyous and exhilarating experience of opening up our lives and releasing our creative energy.
Is the journey worth the effort this book will endeavor to put you through to overcome your fears? Rosanne eloquently affirms the answer: “The life force is creative energy. To live is to create. To live fully is to create fully. To deny or restrict creativity is to deny or restrict life.” Rosanne uses a voice that shines with simplicity and clarity. The illustrations help the reader fully comprehend Jung’s concept of shadow and its relation to the ego self, Self, True Center, conscious and unconscious. “Shadow is what your ego has decided is threatening, not necessarily what your True Self recognizes as bad. Likewise, creativity is neither good nor bad; it just is.”
There are an amazing number of exercises for your use. If you are up for the task of realizing and integrating the shadow part of your personality, reading Dancing in the Dragon’s Den will reap you untold personal benefits.
An added bonus is that Rosanne has recorded a CD that contains all eleven of the guided imagery exercises from the book.
Lynne Krause Focus (published by American Creativity Association)
You can order the book at Amazon.com.
Listener Reviews for Dancing in the Dragon's Den Guided Imageries CD
I’ve listened to a lot of guided imageries and this collection is the best! When I want to relax, I remember the way Rosanne says, “Let it go ... with a sigh.” Listening to the guided imageries really added to my experience of working through the Dancing in the Dragon’s Den book. The drawing I did after the guided imagery about meeting your “beloved shadow self” is still hanging in my bedroom as a reminder of how powerful it is to accept myself.
Amazon.com Listener Review
I simply put on the CD, follow the meditation, and WOW here comes the creative energy. If you want to make a New Millennium resolution to make room in your life for your creativity, this book and CD can help you keep it.
Amazon.com Listener Review
Rosanne’s guided imagery was the match that lights the fire to my creativity. The CD is very well done and enhances Rosanne’s book.
You can order the CD at Amazon.com.