Finally, someone who understands!
The Writer’s Block Myth
A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom
For people living in the real world
This is more than a book of exercises.
It’s about finding the ways that work for you to write, create, and feel freer.
And to keep going.
“Busting the Myth of Writer’s Block and Getting Past Stuck: Author Interview with Heloise Jones”
South West Sage: A newsletter of SouthWest Writer’s Association – Nov. 2017 Click Here
SouthWest Sage: A newsletter of SouthWest Writer’s Association – Sept. 2017 (pg. 11-12) Click Here
Imagine your writing life and your life in the ‘real’ world are linked. That there’s an inner & outer game as a writer you know, but somehow can’t live it fast enough to stay on your feet through the snarlies of life and write. And you have a guide you can refer to again and again.
Your guide is The Writer’s Block Myth.
“This is the best book I’ve ever read about what being a writer is.”
~ Bonnie L. Quick, author & ghost writer
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More than a motivational guide!
The Writer’s Block Myth is the culmination of hundreds of hours of conversations & work with writers and creatives. And the culmination of my own experiences as a writer for nearly two decades.
We writers share the same challenges. We all need support getting past stuck to work, live, and create at our best. I know what getting past stuck & lasting creative freedom mean, and all the ways we writers get waylaid.
In second grade I designed my first book. I had a table of contents and several stories written before I abandoned it. In third grade I experienced my first writer’s block as I wrote a poem. I didn’t know if it was really a poem, and was too afraid to show it to anyone. In 6th grade I won my first award for writing, and a note on my report card I was good at creative writing. At 18, I failed creative writing in college. I turned in a blank sheet of paper each Friday in response to the assignment to simply write. I didn’t know where to start or what to say. Decades later, when I learned how to be the writer I wanted to be, I wrote a novel that attracted a literary agent within 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 and loved.
A Guide like no other.
Put it on your desk, kitchen counter, or bedside table.
Carry it in your bag.
This is one to refer to often.
Written like a conversation with a good friend, The Writer’s Block Myth is a grounded, practical approach and framework to keep you writing. . .and feel like a writer when you’re not putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. You have examples and stories of other writers. Ideas and short, easy exercises to support your process. You are not alone.
“I want to thank you. I’ve been struggling to get rolling on a new project, and I just couldn’t seem to get myself in the chair, couldn’t seem to lay down the first words. I felt inhibited. A change of schedule, a problem that’s bothering me, and it was all leeching my motivation to write. –Then I picked up your book and read, ‘Let go of expectations. Stop the futile seeking certainty that can’t be found…Your creativity listens to intent and dances with it.’ Oh yes! I got 1,600 words done just from that little push. Thank you!”
~ Robin Janiewicz, author and educator
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“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. Much like one of my favorite books on artistry, a book called “Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner (which speaks to all art), The Writer’s Block Myth teaches us how to live and create from a more divine place 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 I can’t recommend her book highly enough to writer’s and “artists” of all kinds.”
~ Danielle Louise Ross, author & speaker
Every writer should make space on the shelf for this book. 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 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. No matter what type of writing you do, if you write, I strongly believe this book will speak to you. 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, author of The Running Girls, Sprinter, and other works
Valuable Commentary for a Writer at Any Career Stage. I have followed the work of Heloise Jones for years. 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, author of Lean Forward Into Your Life, Live with Intention, and other works
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, author
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’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, author
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. Thank you for your encouragement to give ourselves credit for all that other stuff we do that counts.
~ Anne Bradley, author
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, author
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, author
“After 4 months of looking at the book cover and your inside passage, the time is NOW for me to read The Writer’s Block Myth. Every page is priceless! Thank you for this book of ongoing support that continues to inspire the writer in me!”
~ Renya Craig, artist & writer
Write your books & stories.
Adopt the writer’s mindset that keeps you writing.
Because you’re ready to get moving, right?
A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom
How’s your creative life?
A special Thank you goes to these folks for their support:
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.