Romance Rocks Presents…


On Professional Development Day, Thursday 7th August on Track B, Session 3, Susan Donovan will provide a User’s Guide to turning up the self-expressive part of the brain and turning down the impulse control part of the brain when generating ideas. 

A User’s Guide to the Creative Writer’s Brain

Understanding how to get the most out of the 2 types of creative thinking: convergent thinking (intensely focusing on a problem until the answer emerges) and divergent thinking (asking your subconscious mind targeted questions then forgetting you asked them).

Your Presenter – Susan Donovanfacebook picture Susan Donovan aka Sara Donovan (2)

I’m a wife, mother, corporate facilitator and HarperCollins author.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I have written and run workshops on neuroscience, communication and innovation for my corporate clients, including Novartis, Oracle and Telstra.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
I utilised some of the processes I teach in my day job whenever I felt stuck or worried when writing my book (which was quite a lot – especially when writing the first draft!)
The processes were so effective and reduced my stress so much, that I wanted to share them with any of the wonderful romance writers at Romance Rocks who are interested.

What will participants take away from this session?
The take-home message is that the unconscious mind is far more powerful than the conscious mind, but it’s also very easy to block. It’s helpful to know when you’ve accidentally turned it off, how to turn it back on and how to get more out of your brain’s creative capabilities.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?COV_LoveByNumbers_CD2
There will be hands-on exercises and audience participation in this workshop.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
Meeting other romance writers and having a good laugh together.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My debut novel, Love By Numbers, a romantic comedy about love, lust and neuroscience is being published by HarperCollins digital brand, HarperImpulse in July 2014. You can find my website at



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