Resistance

Posted on April 5, 2013. Filed under: Resistance, Staying-With-It, writing, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , , |

Nanowrimo is not anywhere near, and I am focusing on a variant of the “morning pages” exercise of “The Artists Way.” I am writing 1000 Words a Day in the morning, and have been doing this for a few weeks.

At this point, I can say that what really stands out is what Julia Cameron calls “resistance.” In particular, this means the various weird things that happen to block the writing process. I am not talking about writer’s block in the ordinary sense where someone has trouble getting started.

While writer’s block can be part of “resistance,” often it is physical, such as suddenly feeling sleepy, or external, such as a dog getting into the trash precisely at the moment that you start to write.

Whatever it is, Julia Cameron has nailed down an important concept with her idea of resistance.

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