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Writer’s Block? Good News about Neuroplasticity & Your Changeable Brain

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Book Writing Coach Lisa Tener

When I read Dr. RKG’s blog post on brain neuroplasticity and how to “take in the good” the lights went on for me. It hit home for me in a personal way, but I also connected some dots for some of my clients who may embark on book writing with lurking belief systems like:

– “I can’t write.”

– “It’s dangerous to express myself (or my truth).”

– “When I’m fully in my power, I won’t have anyone to love me.”

– “Telling my story/truth will hurt others.”

– “I’ll never write anything worthy enough for people to read/buy.”

It can take work to get over such belief systems (as some people call them, the tapes in their head).  One of the things I do with my clients is focus on what’s working in their writing and building on that. And giving them exercises to do–replace the passive verbs with active ones when they can, for instance–and celebrating how much better the writing becomes as they incorporate such techniques.

I met DrRKG at Harvard Medical School's CME publishing course. Here I am with faculty colleague and literary agent Regina Brooks and Dr. RKG

Reading about neuroplasticity makes me see why that works so well–we’re reprogramming the brain and reinforcing the positive experiences around writing.

I won’t steal Randy’s thunder–I just highly recommend you check out her post and Dr. Hanson’s simple 3 step exercise for “taking in the good.” Your writing may take a huge leap forward when you do so.

I’d love to hear your experiences around this.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Laura says

    Lisa, thanks for the e-mail about Randy’s post. I was not familiar with her or her site, but found very useful information there. I keep hearing that humanity is going through a shift at this time and I believe that neuroplasticity could be the reason why. If we are programmed to attract thoughts of the negative yet we have the ability to change that so that we are more focused on the positive it could change the entire thinking of humankind and the every day experience of life for millions of people. What a phenomenal concept!

    Thanks again for the e-mail.

    • Lisa Tener says

      Thanks for your comments, Randy and Laura. Laura, that’s an even broader perspective you put it in.

  2. Randy says

    It’s amazing how much energy we put into reinforcing the negative thoughts, experiences and memories of our lives; while the sweetest moments can be so fleeting. We owe it to ourselves to savor the positive moments and experiences of our lives. When we do that we stand the greatest chance of deepening the ability to be optimistic, resilient and happy.

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