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Questions that can cut through writer’s block

I found some questions in the Dummy Book, Coaching with NLP that I used with some friends last night, when talking about developing the confidence in one’s own writing.

What will happen if you finish your novel?

What will happen if you don’t finish the novel?

What won’t happen if you finish the novel?

What won’t happen if you don’t finish the novel?

For me if I do finish the  novel I will finish more novels and be more aggressive in publishing my poetry.   If I don’t finish the novel, I will grow discouraged about all my writing and begin to doubt whether I am really a writer.

What won’t happen if I finish the novel is that I won’t hate myself and condemn myself for not using my biggest gifts.  I will also feel alienated from God.  On the other hand, if I don’t finish the novel what won’t happen is reaching out to make new friends and live my life more openly.

Several of us did the same exercise and people found that it motivated them to get their writing done more than most other exercises.  It did me. So I scheduled novel-writing time and time to write a second Christmas poem.  I usually write three but I will settle for two.  I’ve written one I like.

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