5 Ways to Overcome Writing Resistance

Reducing Resistance

Writing Resistance

You set aside a 2 hour window for writing. You settle in at your desk and start to feel it – resistance coming on strong. You try to push through, the inner critic comes in loud and clear and you feel like you’re trudging through mud with every word you type. Nothing is flowing except tears of frustration. You can continue treading sludge for a good portion of your designated writing time or you can try one of the following:

1. Dance -turn up your favourite music and bust a move. Keep dancing until you feel yourself getting into the groove, a smile on your face, and your breath picking up pace. Give yourself time to get into the rhythm.

2. Shake -a yogic practice, shaking is used to release anxiety, a busy mind, nervousness, agitation and other stored emotions. It resets the nervous system and allows you to shake off resistance. With your hands overhead, shake your wrists as if you’re trying to shake the rings right off your fingers (careful, it happens). Shake them vigorously and quickly, keeping them above your head. Keep shaking, and shaking, and shaking! You can bring the rest of your body into it by allowing the shoulders, spine and hips to move as they need. Don’t quit. Keep shaking, there’s more stored up. When the shaking gets tough, start yelling. Let sounds escape, even if you’re cursing the shaking. Deepen the breath and keep shaking. Push yourself through and all resistance out. When you can’t shake any longer, let the hands swing down along the body and take a couple deep cleansing breaths.

3. Sing -don’t be shy, belt out your favourite song. Chant, try on your best opera, or sing along with the radio. Vibrate your voice and let your voice vibrate your heart, your head, and your body. Feel your mood lift and your throat open. When your concert is complete, take a bow and a couple deep, long breaths.

4. Salute the Sun -yoga sun salutations provide a simple practice to get the creative juices flowing and connect the body to the breath and the mind, synchronized for your writing session. Choose 10 sun salutations or 20, allowing yourself to be fully present with each breath and every movement – slow, deliberate, and delicious.

5. Take a Hike -walk around the block or down the path. Take 20 minutes in nature and breathe deep as you feel your feet on the earth. Observe the sights and sounds around you as you fill your body with fresh air. A few deep breaths and a quick stretch work out any last kinks and critics and allow you to get to work.

Better to borrow 20 minutes and cruise through the remainder of your allotted time, creativity flowing, than to struggle through the entire session.

Jump the jitters out, shake off the sludge, raise your energy, and sail into the flow.

One word of warning: don’t get carried away with the music. When the muse comes to play, sit down and write, and write, and write…



  1. Stephanie, these are all great suggestions! I’ll share this post…

    • stephanie says:

      Thanks Lisa! There will be a whole lot of shaking going on this week as I join you for another session of Bring Your Book to Life.

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