Writer’s Block as a Linguistic Phenomena

When I was at Jennifer Diepstraten’s event, Millionaire Sales Mindset, two weeks ago she asked the audience—coaches, consultants, and mentors who are making mid-to-high five figures or over six, looking to break seven—to describe a time they suffered from a sales slump.

Stories flowed with abandon of those times where we (myself included) had a string of discovery sessions that were all no’s, or speaking from stage to zero results, to an empty calendar—no prospects in sight!

Jennifer listened attentively, face conveying her empathy.

And then she hit us with the whammy.

There’s no such thing as a “sales slump.”


You see, a “sales slump” is a linguistic phenomena.

What’s a linguistic phenomena? It’s a phrase we use to have us not be responsible for empowering ourselves.

A linguistic phenomena is something “said to be” – we’re literally speaking it into existence. And it only exists because of our speaking of it.


Think about it.

Think of the screeching, pounding cacophony of death metal “music.” To most people, that isn’t music. It’s just noise – and unpleasant noise at that. But to a FAN of death metal music, it’s music because they say it is.

They’ve spoken it into being.

Art is the same way.

Many people really don’t see “art” when they look at a Jackson Pollock piece. They see drips on canvas. But this piece hangs in the Tate Modern in London. When I saw it in person in 2005, I burst into tears because I was moved. It’s art because I say it is.

Summertime: Number 9A 1948 Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Purchased 1988 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03977

I’ve spoken it into being.

So what are you speaking into being?

Could it be…

Writer’s block?

What if these too were linguistic phenomenon? And you didn’t have to believe in them?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know you can be feeling stuck on your project. You’re excited and… you don’t know where to go next.

That’s exactly what I do in the Finally Write Your Book VIP Mentorship. I’m enrolling in June for a July start. If you’re tired of being stuck. Believing in writer’s block. Procrastinating (because you don’t know what to do next!) And ESPECIALLY if you’re interested in a story-based book that shares your message, then you need to get on my calendar for a talk about if this is the right fit for you. As you know, I run small groups – only 10. And one spot is already filled!

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