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NLP for Writers

How you think, your beliefs and experiences impact on what you tell yourself and others and what happens as a result. If you’d like something different to happen, something better, then come to this workshop and find out how NLP can help your writing.

I’m running an NLP for Writers online workshop via Skype with webcams on please April 15th 8pm onwards. Cost is £10 . I’m going to cover strategies and techniques for keeping on track, overcoming limiting beliefs and writers’ block, confidence for approaching agents and publishers and resourceful beliefs around skills, prioritising your own needs etc. It’s relevant for non-fiction writers, fiction, children’s fiction, bloggers …

Online event

15th April 8pm

Skype – judy.bartkowiak

£10 via Paypal



Working on your character development

Whatever experience our character has during the course of your story will be filtered by their memories, beliefs, values and attitudes.

You have probably written copious notes about your character, developing a back story and a set of experiences and memories that will determine how they react during your novel to the various situations you will throw at them. You will know what your character stands for, what is important to them, what they believe in and what drives them. These are all fairly standard processes of creative writing and you will be more familiar with them than I. It’s all about interrogating your character isn’t it and being able to answer confidently how they would respond to different scenarios.

But what are these Meta-Programmes and how can it help you to know about them?

They are filters on our world which will add any dimension to the understanding of your character.

1. Towards / Away from – is your character motivated by what they do want and driven forwards towards their goals or do they focus on what they want to avoid. Do they for example look to achieve something or do they seek to avoid confrontation, avoid failure, avoid risk?

2. Internal / external referencing – do they seek to gain the approval of others, or does it matter more that they are true to their own beliefs and values?

3. Past/present/future – where do they place their focus? Do they live very much in the present, do they think of what they want in the future or do they dwell on the past?

4. Choices/process – does your character thrive on choices or do they just go through life like a ‘to do’ list?

5. Big chunk/small chunk – some people are better at concept thinking, broad brush ideas but are less good at the detail. Where does your character excel? If you have two main characters it may help the pace to have one small chunk, the person who can organise and manage detail and the other with the blue sky thinking.

6. Associate/disassociate – someone who associates is one who can empathize easily and feel the pain of others as if it were there own. Someone who disassociates will notice the others’ pain but from a distance. They will not be affected by it. This distancing can be a useful tool when you want to encourage the reader to stand back and notice something.

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Top 10 tips for tackling writers’ block.

I belong to a number of Linked In and Facebook groups for writers as well as a local writers group and a national children’s writing group so I am in touch with lots of professional writers as well as many who write for pleasure with no thought of being published. A frequent complaint is that writers get writer’s block. If you sometimes suffer from this perhaps I can help? I am an NLP Master Practitioner and use NLP both in my own writing and to help others by coaching.

writers block

Here are some top tips.

1. Being a writer is your identity, it is not just ‘something I do’. You are a writer whether you write full or part time. Recognise this at a deep level that being a writer is who you are as well as what you do. You write because it matters to you and because it fulfills your sense of purpose.

2. Make your writing space work for you. Make it special and conducive to writing. Be able to close the door on distractions and own your space.

3. Make sure that you always have something to write on and with in your handbag or briefcase. You are a writer and you need to write. Sometimes you may be in the car waiting at the school, waiting for a train, on the train or plane. Use these times to write.

4. Visualise the block. What does it look like? Your thoughts control your behaviour so imagine the ‘block’ as something like jelly that you can easily overpower. Make it a colour you like and one that you are attracted to rather than one that threatens you.

5. Some writers have a problem starting a piece and sit staring at a blank screen. Start anywhere. It does not have to be the beginning, start half way through and add the beginning later.

6. Read! The more you read and enjoy words, the more you want to use them in your writing. Use a notebook to record words you have encountered in your reading. Take 6 of them at random and make up sentences from them. Then turn the sentences into a story. You’re writing now!

7. “I can’t think what to write” is a common problem expressed by writers. Challenge this inner dialogue by asking it “What if you could think what to write?” and then “What would it look like? What would it sound like? What would it feel like?”

8. Have ‘towards’ goals. Aim to write for a certain length of time or a certain number of words. Set the goal at a level you know you can easily achieve.

9. You DO have time to write. Delegate or dump things that have no value to you as a writer so you can do your writing.

10. Your thinking controls your actions. By thinking you have writer’s block you will make it a self fulfilling prophesy. Believe instead that you are a writer with something to write. Just DO IT. Trying to do it will not work as there is built in failure in the word ‘try’.

Judy Bartkowiak runs a Distance Learning course in NLP for Writers. Contact her now judy@hitchamvale.co.uk or Skype her judy.bartkowiak to find out more.