Category Writing psychology

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Reblog of ‘Muse: How Creativity Effects the Brain’ – Crime Writer Sue Coletta

A fascinating piece relating scientific research into how writers use their brains, and the startling differences between seasoned and novice writers. This form of reblog annoyingly only shows a couple of lines of the original post – do please click on the link to see more, it’s worth it.   I think I might have […]

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Adjustability – the secret to overcoming frustration #amwriting #authors

Adjustability – the secret to overcoming frustration. Once again drawing on sports psychology, this is a major concept that any sports person, and particularly riders like me, have to grasp, accept and enact. We all suffer setbacks. For athletes, it’s often injury (it certainly is with horses!), or it may be fitness or skill development […]

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Do you think your #writing isn’t good enough? Dealing with your fears – Part 3

While it is definitely advisable to achieve a fair degree of knowledge of writing and publishing before you go ahead, if you are a writer who NEVER feels like your work is either good enough, or ready enough, then I advocate taking Hugh Laurie’s advice. There are so many ways you can self-sabotage your writing career, and […]

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Do you think your #writing isn’t good enough? Dealing with your fears – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, which you can find here, I talked about the concept of POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE, a phrase much used in my normal working field of sports coaching, and how it can also be applied to writers to help overcome performance fears – in this case, performance as a writer, and as […]

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Do you think your #writing isn’t good enough? Dealing with your fears (Part 1)

I just finished reading an issue of the UK writer’s magazine, Mslexia, a publication for women by women, in which a poll revealed that the vast majority of women writers do not submit work for publication due to fear – fear of rejection, or fear that their work is not good enough. Now I don’t know what […]

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#Writers, what can you learn from modelling? #MondayBlogs #NLP

No, I don’t mean the catwalk type! This topic has been brewing in my mind for over a year, and when WordPress so kindly provided me with my handy dandy annual round up, it showed me that the most popular posts I’ve written are those on writing or publishing – as if there aren’t enough […]

Goal setting for writers

I’ve noticed another skill that can be transferred from my ‘day job’ to writing: that of Goal setting. In my profession, training competition horses and riders, goal setting is hugely important, both to provide incentive and to benchmark success. As writers, we can do the same and reap the same benefits. Goal setting gives you purpose […]

5 Ways to Achieve Writing Self-Confidence

  I touched a little on confidence towards the end of my last post. It occurred to me then, that here was a cross-over between my writing life and my profession. For my day job, I am a sports professional: competition dressage rider and trainer to be precise. Take a look at my website if […]