When I shared that I have a blog that I write for weekly with a colleague who had considered blogging herself she asked: but aren't you afraid you are going to run out of ideas? This is a good question. It reminded me that I had this same fear when I started blogging...again…last July. I … Continue reading Questioning our Wellspring of Ideas
When we sit down to write it may be the first time in a long time that we have slowed down our bodies and stopped moving. What happens when we get still? Have you noticed it? All of our thoughts start coming up. And, it’s not just the thoughts that may be serving us about … Continue reading Stillness reveals what’s between you and your writing
You may or may not be starting to realize that when you sit down to write there are all sorts of thoughts and questions that come up for you in your mind. These thoughts act like a filter between you and getting started in your writing. If you are asking, will anybody care about this? … Continue reading If you can write down your thoughts, you can begin to make writing easier
You may generally think about being vulnerable as how you might feel when we are sharing our deepest thoughts and feelings with a friend or when sharing a creative expression in a painting, music or dance. Could academics also feel vulnerable about sharing their research? What I've noticed for my clients is that there may … Continue reading Vulnerability? That’s for arts not science.
A colleague asked me today - how do you find time to have a full time job, and your own business and take care of two kids? I surprised myself with my answer which was: we are all in process with our relationship with time and it is constantly changing depending on what our priorities … Continue reading Creating time for your writing priorities
As a researcher, you practise uncertainty. You have a question and you don't know the answer. You design an experiment that tests a hypothesis, you gather data from the experiment and interpret the information to create a result. The researchers that I see that consistently move their research forward are those that can take the … Continue reading Practising Uncertainty
You have so many good ideas. You have spent a lot of time generating and capturing your ideas, investing your time into exploring your ideas and suddenly you have something to write about. You begin by writing them all down and expanding on them all in your drafts. This starts to get overwhelming. Now you … Continue reading Why is it so hard to let go of our ideas?
What does it mean to “run your own” race? To put the blinders on, not worry about what the other horses are doing and go for it. When you have an idea, do you go to google and see if anyone else has thought of it? Why is that? If someone has done it - … Continue reading The Blinder Benefit
There is so much that is happening inside our minds when we sit down to write. The ideas and questions that come up around our ideas - “there’s so many; which one should I follow?” often creating overwhelm. The doubts of “who am I to say this?” The fears of criticism: “what if they … Continue reading Being Human And Writing
In academic writing, sometimes our brains may tell us that what we are writing is boring. When this happens, we often use our willpower to force ourselves to complete the task. Our brain will say things like: We signed up for this didn't we? Just get it done! That’s one way. Another way is to … Continue reading Being Bored is a Bothersome Block