The Single Way to Overcome the Biggest Challenges You Face as a Writer

Annette Annechild leading morning meditation on the beach during AWAI's copywriting Bootcamp

Writer’s block, self-criticism, procrastination, lack of focus …

They’re just a few of the challenges writers can face on a regular basis.

And while there are loads of books, training programs, and podcasts on how to overcome each challenge, there’s one solution I’ve discovered that knocks them out every time …

Meditation.

Now, if your response is, heck yeah it does! Then I know you’ve already experienced these life-changing benefits and a whole lot more.

But if your response was an eye roll … or “No way, I don’t believe in that ‘woo woo’ stuff,” or “I can’t meditate, my mind is too crazy,” or anything in between, stick with me for a minute …

I was once in your shoes.

Sure, I’m productive. Some may even see me as an over-achiever. But the truth is, I struggled for most of my career …

Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always been able to deliver what was expected from me. But it came at a huge price. I was often anxious, overly critical of myself, I procrastinated, felt stressed … all of which affected my health and the people around me.

But then, I had a chance encounter with Annette Annechild, a Ph.D. in counseling psychology who has spent her entire professional life developing her own unique style of guided meditation, which she’s used to help celebrities, movie stars, Olympians, and famous musicians and artists successfully face their fears and break through their personal obstacles.

In fact, you may have seen her talking about these techniques on dozens of television shows nationwide — including Oprah, twice!

She’s also a writer herself, having authored 10 books in the wellness field for such respected publishers as Simon & Schuster, Random House, and MacMillan. So she knows all about the challenges writers face.

One day, Katie asked me to interview Annette about a new program she’d asked Annette to create for AWAI, called Accessing the Writing Within: A 21-Day Journey to Unlocking and Unleashing Your True Writing Potential.

I knew meditation was “popular” and that Katie found value in meditating regularly, so I figured sure, why not?

Annette and I had a fun and interesting conversation and I learned a bit more about this popular trend …

But it was what happened at the end of that interview that changed my life forever.

Annette put her hand on my arm and whispered, “There’s a better way …”

“You can have the same end result and success, but without any of the stress or anxiety.”

It was like someone released a valve full of hot air … I didn’t realize I had been holding my breath.

For some reason, I decided to trust this person who knew nothing about me. And the rest, as they say, is history.

I’m not saying I never experience anxiety or stress. After all, I’m a working mom with two young kids!

But my life is much easier …

I don’t fear the blank page. I’m able to “focus on demand.” And when those little insecurities of “Am I good enough?” creep in, I can easily escort them back out.

Below is that interview and the moment I’ll never forget …

In this short seven-minute video, Annette explains how it all works.

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Obviously I’m going to say I hope you give meditation a try …

It’s worked for me.

But you don’t have to take my word for it … just try it! ;)

Have you ever tried meditation? What obstacles did you encounter in practicing it every day? Share with me in the comments below and maybe I can help. Adding meditation to my schedule took me a few tries in the past, but with Annette's program, everything clicked. She was right, there was a better way.

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Published: August 11, 2017

4 Responses to “The Single Way to Overcome the Biggest Challenges You Face as a Writer”

  1. Annette's course is wonderful. I've repeated the course, or parts of it several times. Great course design, where you can repeat the sessions that you need the most (inner critic, procrastinator are two of mine). I sometimes find it difficult to meditate on my own, as I start falling off because I think I don't have time--which is ridiculous because you can meditate for a minute or an hour! So then I'll repeat a session. I highly recommend this course!

    Donna KaluzniakAugust 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm

  2. I signed up for that course when it first popped into my inbox. I always thought meditation was kind of woo-woo, too, but meditation now helps me go to sleep every night. In fact, I often fall asleep before I have finished what I call my routine. I need to use it more regularly in the mornings, too. :-)

    MAMAugust 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

  3. Rebecca, that was a great interview with Dr. Annechild! I didn't get the impression this program was "new age" at all, which was my primary misgiving about a "meditation" program. I'm hoping the sessions - especially in the morning when I wake up in excruciating pain - help me calm down, and I'll actually begin to direct my thoughts towards God . . . praying and being able to hear His soft, loving voice, instead the screaming noise of physical pain drowning out every good thought. Thank you!

    June FrostAugust 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm


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