Workshop: Peeling Yourself Off The Wall: 20 Ways to Duck The Writer’s Block Bullet

by Anna on April 27, 2014

Workshop: Peeling Yourself Off The Wall: 20 Ways to Duck The Writer’s Block Bullet

Instructor: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane

When: May 5th through May 31st.

About the Workshop: It doesn’t matter whether you prefer plotting your book entirely before writing one word of prose or whether you prefer “pantsing”, flying off onto page one with enthusiasm and only a vague idea of where you’re going. We all strike it at some time – the dreaded, seemingly impenetrable stone wall of Writer’s Block. Can’t seem to get through it or over it, or go around it or tunnel beneath it. We’re stymied and the project at hand is at a dead stop.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way…at least twenty ways, in fact, to get things rolling again. Writer’s Block can be reduced to a level where it is simply one of the normal, if pesky, elements involved when writing a book. Knowing how to demolish it, even if temporarily, can reduce your stress level when it does rear up to block progress though. And having an idea of what actions to take the moment it strikes can get you writing again much more quickly.

This workshop is for anyone interested in ways to slough past the parts where our imagination fails to go, through the times when our Muse heads for the Caribbean and leaves us to fend for ourselves. During four weeks, with two lectures and one Challenge (or Assignment) weekly, we’ll cover twenty different ways to pole-vault, tunnel, trek around, or bulldoze through writer’s block.

Some of the ways will be familiar: storyboarding, freewriting, world building, comparison. Others will be tweaks on outlining, research, even daydreaming.

This workshop requires feedback – not just from the presenter, but from those in attendance – to gather suggestions, stir ideas, kill, hack, or give birth to usable solutions. Thus it would be very handy to have a work in progress or one that stalled out and needs a jolt to get it back on the move again. For any questions or comments made by attendees throughout the week, answers will be supplied usually within 24 hours or less. Lectures will be posted on Mondays and Wednesdays with Challenge results posted by students through the weekend.

 Sample Syllabus:

Week One: Introductions and Confessions, Lecture #1 (two ideas presented) and Challenge/ Assignment given.

Week Two: Lecture #2 (three ideas presented); Lecture #3 (three more ideas presented) and Challenge/Assignment given.

Week Three: Lecture #4 (three ideas presented); Lecture #5 (three more ideas presented) and Challenge/Assignment given.

Week Four: Lecture #6 (three ideas presented); Lecture #7 (three more ideas presented) and final Challenge/Assignment given. Final Comments and Wrap-Up, and possibly a bonus idea or two.

Workshop Proposal: 4 Weeks

ABOUT THE INSTURCTOR: When wearing her Beth Henderson hat, Beth Daniels has had a number of storylines that worked in the holiday extravaganzas of December: RING IN THE NEW (originally published as NEW YEAR’S EVE) and SEDUCING SANTA both reveled in the season while MR ANGEL finished off under a gaily decorated tree. While she hasn’t considered Halloween personally, she is laying claim to guys in bunny suits for a Spring story, so hands off Pete Rabbit!

Beth Daniels currently writes or has written under a lot of names (Beth Henderson, Lisa Dane, Beth Cruise, J.B Dane, Nied Darnell…oh, and as herself). She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster’s Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she’s had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story (“The Dragon’s Tale”) in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology from Damnation Books. She is the author of WRITING STEAMPUNK and SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL. And the co-author of LOVING TRIXIE FINE, a Babyboomer contemporary romantic mystery adventure fantasy.

For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Now she puts her history degree, rather than the English one, to work ferreting out facts about life in Britain and America, then spinning the details off into workshops and in-progress non-fiction tomes. Oh, yes, she also writes novels. In fact, twenty-eight of Beth’s novels have appeared in print and/or e-book format, and in 12 different languages in over 20 countries.

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Cost for the workshop is $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for all others.


To register go to and use the Registration link under Online Workshops on the right sidebar menu. Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

Upon receipt of your payment and registration form, you will receive an email confirming you have been registered for the workshop. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the NEORWA Workshops Coordinator before the workshop begins.

For more information, please email the workshops coordinator If you are using a web email and the link doesn’t work for you, send the email to neorwaonline at gmail dot com

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