when I was stuck on page 8 of 100 page masters thesis. Reading the essay back in 1990, I realized I had what Valian calls “a work problem”–an aversion to settling down to your true work (it’s not the same as ADD–as this is specific to avoiding something that you long to do, rather than avoiding something required of you). And using Valian’s ideas, I was able to get myself from the couch to the desk–and yes, I finished the thesis. You can read the full story of this block breakthrough here. Since then, I’ve been using Valian’s ideas to lure my students and myself back to the place we want to be: the page.
On January 14th I will be offering a seminar on overcoming your “work problem.” For most of us, a work problem looks something like checking email or Facebook during the time we said was for writing or keeping our lives so busy we don’t have time for writing. Using methods drawn from Valian, Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron and my own writing practice, this workshop will focus on process rather than product. The workshop requires students to commit 15 minutes a day to the assignment for the two weeks leading up to the workshop date of January 14th. The goal of the seminar is to establish a calm (!) and daily (or near daily) writing habit, so that we can enjoy the pleasure of routine writing and see the progress we can make with small but steady effort.
Where: Good Shepard Center in Wallingford
When: Saturday, January 14th 9-11am
Why: So you can write in 2012 instead of procrastinating!
Cost: 70 dollars