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Develop a Creative Mindset and Write!

with Grant Faulkner

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  •   02 Overcoming Creative Obstacles

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Class duration: 1h 27m

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About The Class

Overcome Your Writing Demons So You Can Achieve Your Goals

So many things conspire to keep you from achieving your goals as a writer. Self-doubt, lack of discipline, time management, writer’s block, creative solitude, fear of rejection…the list goes on and on.

But just because you’ve been struggling with one or more of these challenges doesn’t mean you have to abandon your creative goals and give up your dreams. Instead, take this class and learn to surmount the obstacles that prevent you from making writing a priority in your life.

Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and author of “Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo,” will show you ways to banish your inner editor, dive into your work with creative abandon, write boldly on the page and develop your self-confidence.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set an audacious goal and a deadline.
  • Track your daily progress.
  • Connect with others in a creative community.
  • Write what you love, not what you should.
  • Find and nourish your muse.
  • Use writing games and challenges to overcome writer’s block.
  • Deal with feedback and rejection.
  • Achieve writing mastery.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    07:19
  2. 02

    Overcoming Creative Obstacles

    10:40
  3. 03

    Finding your Muse

    03:38
  4. 04

    Goal + Deadline = Magic

    20:59
  5. 05

    Planning vs. Pantsing

    09:33
  6. 06

    The Challenge of your Inner Editor

    06:25
  7. 07

    The Power of Writing with Abandon

    05:45
  8. 08

    Being Vulnerable and Overcoming the Fear of Writing

    05:34
  9. 09

    Building a Creative Community

    03:37
  10. 10

    Dealing with Feedback and Rejection

    03:48
  11. 11

    Achieving Writing Mastery and Defining Success

    09:46

Meet Your Expert

Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He's published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative MojoFissures, a collection of 100-word stories; and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story
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  • Larry Clark

    February 2018

    This is my first review on CL after having purchased over 15 classes. Grant has a great way of teaching and helping people and I wish he had MORE classes on CL. I would purchase and gobble them up. It is the first class, that I feel compelled to write a review on. All the classes I've purchased are great but this one compelled me. It got me going on my daily writing, got my head out of my fears and into moving forward. If you are thinking about this class, get it.

  • Renee C

    Renee C

    January 2018

    Grant brings so much thoughtfulness to living a writing life and to the way living creatively evolves as your life changes. He shared big vision for the value of honoring our creativity, along with down and dirty tips for keeping the work moving forward. Thanks Grant!

  • Sabrina Oesterle

    Sabrina Oesterle

    July 2018

    This is an introductory class if you haven't engaged much with writing yet. It offers good, but very basic advice, but.nothing you haven't heard before. This wasn't very valuable for me who has engaged with writing already for a little while and now wants to really develop a creative life.

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