The Writer’s Block Myth
For people living in the real world
A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom
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Imagine your writing life and your everyday life in the ‘real’ world are linked. That there’s an inner and outer game as a writer you know, but somehow haven’t figured how to live it fast enough to stay on your feet through the snarlies of life. And you have a guide to help you. A secret word to set you free to write. Your guide is The Writer’s Block Myth.
In hundreds of hours of conversations & work with writers, artists, and creatives. as well as interview-conversations conducted with writers of all levels, interests, and experience, I learned we share many of the same challenges. Struggle with the same expectations and permissions to create and succeed. All writers need support navigating the frustrations in life. Getting past stuck to work, live, and create at their best.
Most of all, I know what getting past stuck & lasting creative freedom mean, + all the ways writers and creatives get waylaid. My first memory of ‘writer’s block’ is from third grade, writing a poem prompted by one I saw in my elementary school newsletter. At 18, I turned in a blank sheet of paper to my college professor every Friday in response to the assignment to simply write. In 2001, I learned how to become the writer I wanted to be, completing a novel that attracted a literary agent in three weeks of my first queries. And as life threw big events at me – house on fire, husband run down by a car, losing a business – I knew I was a writer despite losing the writer’s life I created.
Like a conversation with a good friend, The Writer’s Block Myth is a grounded, practical approach and framework to shift your thinking and integrate writing as part of your life living in the real world, whatever your circumstances. More than a motivational guide or a primer of exercises, it’s your guide to find the ways that work for you so you know you’re a writer even when you’re not putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. With examples and stories of other writers. And short, easy exercises to support your process.
Put it on your desk, kitchen counter, or bedside table. Carry it in your bag. This is one to refer to often. This is a guide to uplevel your creative life.
What Writers are Saying
A much needed guide and eye-opener. The author’s own experiences and those of other writers that she tells about made me feel understood and I realized that I am not alone. The description of The Inside Game and The Outside Game opened my eyes and felt so true. I also very much appreciated the exercises and useful tips that were clear and easy to follow.
I highly recommend this book to both new and established writers.
~ Ingrid Johansson
Valuable Commentary for a Writer at Any Career Stage. I have followed the work of Heloise Jones for years. I read a sample portion of this book and knew I had to order a hard copy. What I read made me think about my younger days in the publishing industry. How very different that experience would have been if I had this book. There is much to be gained, I know, by reading it now, going into the 4th decade in my career. Regardless of where you are on the trajectory/timeline of your life as a writer, I feel confident you will extract value from this work. I am eager to dive in to the paper copy.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher
One of my favorite books on creativity that I have ever read. The simplicity, truth and beauty of this book really blew me away. I expected to read a book about Writer’s Block, and what I got was that and so much more. The way Heloise tells it, learn to write, and you will learn to live. Live more fully and you will write more fully. Or as she says in the book, “Writer’s block is Life Block,” and though I had never thought of it in those terms before, as a very creative person,
I completely resonate with that perspective.
Much like one of my favorite books on artistry, a book called “Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner (which is geared toward musicians, but which speaks to all art and what it means to operate from a more divine way of being), The Writer’s Block Myth too teaches us how to live and create from a more divine place. To come from the joy of creating rather than an obsession on the end product, to break our sometimes big visions into bite-sized steps, to approach everything we do with
more self love, and to allow ourselves to find our own unique way.
In a market full of templates and step-by-step systems, Heloise Jones is a refreshing voice who encourages you to listen deep to the call of your creativity- in its many shapes and forms- and to honor your own unique journey to satisfying creative expression.
I can’t recommend her book highly enough to writer’s and “artists” of all kinds.
~ Danielle Louise Ross
Practical & Soulful. A beautiful treatise on how to be gentle with yourself while writing. I enjoyed Heloise Jones’ well balanced doses of practical exercises and pep talks.
This is a perfect book for anyone who’s struggling with creative paralysis and
hasn’t found success in more restrictive methods.
~ Ashley Huang
Jones has taken the time to write on a subject with a great deal of candidness and empathy I have several books on writing, more than a few of them about the creative process and writer’s block, but this has already become one of my favorites. Mrs. Jones has taken the time to write on the subject with a great deal of candidness and empathy, having been there herself. I especially appreciated her view of the inner critic and perfectionism, issues that regularly trouble me.
I’ve already recommended this book to several people and will continue doing so. It’s earned a permanent spot on my Kindle, along with James Scott Bell’s The Mental Game of Writing”” and K.M. Weiland’s “Conquering Writer’s Block.” Thank you, Mrs. Jones, for
sharing your experience and knowledge with the world. It is greatly appreciated.
~ T. Palmer
I simply loved this book! After reading many books on how to overcome writer’s block, this is the book that made the difference for me. Heloise Jones is the first person that ever suggested to me to give myself permission to “do what writers do”, and realize that it “counts”, whether or not you have pen to page or are typing words. There’s so much more to writing that writers do all day every day. It resonated for me especially because my husband will sometimes say he can see that I’m working on my book, when I’m doing dishes or staring out the window. The story is playing out in my head and he knows when I’m doing that, not to interrupt and pop that bubble of story world I have going. Thank you Heloise for showing me that it’s not really writer’s block when I’m stuck, it’s life block!
Thank you for your encouragement to give ourselves credit for all that other stuff we do that counts.
~ Anne Bradley
A perfect reminder for any writer! As a bestselling author myself, you’d think I would have conquered writer’s block a long time ago. But that’s just not the case. I still struggle with it all the time. Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” immediately came to mind as I was reading “The Writer’s Block Myth.” We all feel resistance, and it is our duty to come to battle every day with the intent of winning. Heloise artfully reminded me to take breaks, to allow my life outside of writing to fuel the writing process itself, and to get re-acquainted with my authentic voice. Thank you, Heloise. Much needed!
~ Jesse Tevelow
Every writer should make space on the shelf for this book
. “The Writer’s Block Myth” by Heloise Jones could not be more timely. This book is one of the best comprehensive explorations of how to write from a holistic perspective that I’ve ever read. Jones approaches her ‘writer readers” (my phrase) as an empathetic mentor (she’s been there/done that, too) who allows for growth and truth and the ability to evaluate mistakes while using those same mistakes to help the “writer reader’ discover something about herself/himself. Jones’s book hits on an important but
too often overlooked truth: NO TWO WRITERS ARE THE SAME.
As a writer who heard the calling from a young age, decades have gone by where I have felt as far from being able to call myself a writer as anything else. In this day and age of rapidly changing technology, multiple publishing platforms, and click-now marketing avenues, there never seems to be enough time in a day or a week or a year or 10 years to perfect it all, or even to have the capacity to understand every option. The way Jones creates a space for writers to get to know who they are as a writer is so refreshing. No matter what type of writing you do, if you write, I strongly believe this book will speak to you. I’m convinced that anyone who loves writing (or even likes it only sometimes) will get at least one gem (if not 100) out of it. My copy is going on the shelf
next to King’s “On Writing,” Lamott’s “Bird by Bird,” and Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style.”
~ Bria Burton
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The Writer’s Block Myth launched March 14, 2017 to became a #1 Bestseller before the day was half over. It finished in the 1% of the entire Amazon platform. A surreal experience for me. And one of great satisfaction as the book was written to support writers and creatives, and that meant it had started. A big Thank You goes to these folks for their support in special ways:
Danielle Louise Ross, Mary Anne Radmacher, Robin Jankiewicz, Bria Burton, Timothy Johnson, Chloe Rachel Gallaway, Ashley Huang, Lindy Teresi, Betsy Fletcher, Katie Soy, Jesse Tevelow, and Simon Bogdonowitz.