Alexandra in the Trenches (Sort of)

Here, thanks to Alexandra Choi, is a day we can all relate to.  (Viewing time: 1:52.)

I will say no more.

Except for more of Ms. Choi, click here.


Steve shows you the predictable Resistance points that every writer hits in a work-in-progress and then shows you how to deal with each one of these sticking points. This book shows you how to keep going with your work.

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A short book about the writing of a first novel: for Steve, The Legend of Bagger Vance. Having failed with three earlier attempts at novels, here's how Steve finally succeeded.



Steve shares his "lessons learned" from the trenches of the five different writing careers—advertising, screenwriting, fiction, nonfiction, and self-help. This is tradecraft. An MFA in Writing in 197 pages.



Amateurs have amateur habits. Pros have pro habits. When we turn pro, we give up the comfortable life but we find our power. Steve answers the question, "How do we overcome Resistance?"



  1. Tina on February 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

    That is sooooooo funny!!!!!

  2. skip on February 15, 2012 at 4:35 am

    simply hilarious!

  3. Mark Mahaffey on February 15, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Ha, true enough some days…

  4. Shelia on February 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Love it!

  5. Basilis on February 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Oh my god!
    I read Writing Wednesdays!
    I don’t do the work!!!
    Luckily the video was only for a minute.
    See you next week, bye-bye!

  6. Carlin on February 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Yup, been there!

    Only thing that saves me is having a list, where I can see it, of things I can do on days like that. Even little stuff can get things rolling.

    But damn funny!

  7. Eva on February 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Great! I feel guilty about not working just WATCHING this. And I have the same bath tub: another gateway to procrastination…

  8. Kathleen on February 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm


  9. Laura on February 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    HER resistance triggered MY resistance…and now I’m going to go make myself a snack, thankyouverymuch. 😉

  10. Victoria Dixon on February 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Oh !@#$. Carlin’s right. The only thing that saves me on days like this (read most days) is a list.

  11. bryan on February 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Brilliant. I’ve certainly been there … wish I, too, had a cute little puppy to play with though on those days, though!

  12. S. J. Crown on February 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Saw this on a T-shirt today. Think it applies. With apologies to those who have already seen it, here it is:

    10 Ways to Overcome Procrastination


  13. Dale Ivan Smith on February 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for posting this!
    She nails it. Some of her actions in the face of her resistance really hit home.
    I’m with Carlin, too, about the value of a list in getting unstuck.

  14. Mike on February 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I love it. Just not sure why.

    Seems like its half Seinfeld, half Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.

    Keep up the good ‘work’.

  15. Will Hall on February 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hey Steven,
    I read writing Wednesdays every week. Thanks so much for your constant insights. Your posts about “no” have been particularly pertinent to me lately, and have helped narrow my focus. Thought you might like this vid of Steve Jobs on the power of no:


  16. Darren Franklin on March 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Friggin hilarious! So sad I can relate, but I am doing much better in the War.

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