Posts tagged ‘writer’s block’

Jun 06 2018
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When writer’s block is really a breakthrough

When writer's block is really a breakthrough

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie explains how what feels like a roadblock might actually be a breakthrough to the story you’ve been trying to write—and how to keep moving forward. A writing student recently shared with me that he has been stuck for three months on the story he’s developing. He wrote a chapter, then felt the pull away from that piece to another. This was troubling for him because he is a person who keeps his…

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Feb 06 2018
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Steer around writing blocks with relief projects

Steer around writing blocks with relief projects

Writing through Trauma to Truth teacher Shawna Ayoub Ainslie wants to help blocked writers get some relief–and keep the creative energy flowing–with relief projects. Stuck in a story/poem/essay? This post has you covered. Here’s what you need to do: instead of hammering away at going nowhere until your writing world cracks and you fall into the void of doubt, wonder why you even try, and burn your laptop in a bonfire, shortcut negative self-talk by…

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Jan 09 2018
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3 steps to banish blocks through expressive writing

Banish blocks through expressive writing

Writing through Trauma to Truth teacher Shawna Ayoub Ainslie touts the efficacy of expressive writing for moving past blocks and getting your creativity flowing again. In my teaching practice, writers most frequently come to me with the question of how to get the words out. They feel stuffed so full of their own stories they are choking, or their stories flee as soon as they have the time to look at them. Expressive writing is…

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Nov 08 2017
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5 techniques for accessing your creative flow

5 techniques for accessing your creative flow

A guest post by Center teacher Shawna Ayoub Ainslie (Writing through Trauma to Truth), reposted from The Honeyed Quill with permission A main struggle I face as a writer is letting go. Sitting down to write has become easy. I have trained myself to get words on the page. But writing authentically, giving value to words and recording or creating a story with integrity–well, I know writers who seem to have mastered that skill. I…

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May 28 2015
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Kallie Falandays, Cool Tools for Stuck Writers teacher, on newness

Kallie Falandays, Cool Tools for Stuck Writers teacher, on newness

Previous posts on community-building among Center teaching associates highlighted Helena Clare Pittman, Ellen Collins, and Abriana Jetté. These teachers responded to Elizabeth Ayres’ essential question: Where is your joy in writing and teaching? This week, we hear from Kallie Falandays, who teaches Cool Tools for Stuck Writers, a course focused on overcoming blocks in creative output. Kallie’s response is succinct and true, and touches on the joy of developing both our individual and communal selves—a…

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