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On Being Stuck: Tapping Into the Creative Power of Writer's Block

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What if writer's block became your most precious teacher? An empowering new process for writers who struggle with the seemingly insurmountable middle of a project, from the author of Writing Begins with the Breath.

Writer's block is not a mysterious force that has aligned with your writing to stop you in your tracks. Writer's block occurs when hope meets fear—when our expe
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Shambhala
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Leslie Reese
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars
Less than 160 pages long with a lot of encouraging gems, especially for someone early in their relationship with their writing process. More than craft techniques this book provides tools like guided meditations, breathing exercises and "Deep Inquiry Practices." It was a good companion to guide me through a writing slump.
Story Circle Book Reviews
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Laraine Herring invites writers to create their own "Foundation Tool Kit" of "practices, prompts, movement activities, and playlists" to help move forward and deeper into their work. Besides making pencil notations throughout the book, I have typed up my "tool kit". It's full of questions for "Deep Inquiry," writing prompts, body and breath exercises, and a range of innovative approaches that I can use in my relationship with writing.

Writer's block can force a writer to slow down and as Herring
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Laraine Herring's "On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer's Block" espouses a new age approach to writing and breaking through a block through meditations, breathing exercises, harnassing your body's energy, and writing exercises. Herring employs short chapters so the book can be easily read in bite-size chunks, but much of the content seemed repetitive. Herring says the same thing two or three times in a chapter instead of expanding on the topic.

This is one of those craft bo
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Haley Keller
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
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To be honest, this book wasn't for me. While I like to read books on writing, this one was focused around how to motivate yourself to write. You don't get any practical advice beyond motivating words and journal/meditation topics about writer's block.

The author is a proponent of mindfulness and meditation. Each chapter is very short (a few pages at most) and each ends with a task meant to motivate you to write. These tasks are prompts that you can write about in your journal (that the book encou
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rebeccaketling
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An unassuming little book that offered up much more than expected. This is a process book, NOT a craft book. Includes thoughtful, practical essays and practices to help you get to the root of whatever kind of block you’re dealing with. Recommend to all writers looking for new ways to approach a sore issue.
Rosa
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
ON BEING STUCK focuses on personal development blocks and how they affect writer’s work. The author refers to writer’s block as a pause on work to pay attention to what’s going on inside us.

ON BEING STUCK uses imagery thanks to “personification, character creation, and active imagination” to embrace, for example, shadow work – false beliefs. Moreover, this book includes practices like meditation, breathing, gratitude and inquiry; therefore, several activities to reach the subconscious mind to de
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Sarah Sherrin
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
As a disclaimer, I shall state that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. That being said, this book was an interesting perspective on using the author's spiritual self to get out of writers block. While it was an interesting new perspective in things, I don't think it's something that pertains to me and meditation does not work with me when it comes to any kind of art. There were other things, but the options were limited with me. I will probably give this book to a friend of mine who might ...more
Dave
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
On Being Stuck approaches writer's block from a perspective I had never considered. Does the spiritual well-being of a writer influence their ability to write, and to write well? Laraine Herring makes a solid case with this book. Can meditation unleash creative powers? I don't know, but the next time I'm stuck it'll be worth a try to find out.

I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
Loretta
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is definitely one I will keep on the active bookshelf, to go back to and work more with the exercises and prompts. Very good, gentle, practical advice that resonates for me...but I haven't put any of it into practice yet. Next step!

Trenchologist
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Another book that isn't quite my vibe. But I took notes and some inspiration of a few things to experiment and try, which is the reason for reading and contemplating books like this.
Jennifer Louden
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wise, gentle, embodied I nodded my head with every word. If you want a more sane and whole way to get your work done, check this out!
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Laraine Herring holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in counseling psychology. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in national and local publications. Her fiction has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women and her nonfiction work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently directs the creative writing program at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. She is a member ...more
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