Do You Ever Get Writer’s Block?
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Do You Ever Get Writer’s Block?

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Writer’s block is a phenomenon that happens at that moment in time when you sit down at your computer to compose a blog post and your mind is blank. It happens to everyone who has to write something. I remember in grade school having to write an essay on what I did on my summer vacation. Even though I may have had a very active summer, when it came time to write about it, I drew a blank. As my writing skills have improved, still those times did not disappear. I still get writer’s block and I bet you do to. Writing professional articles can be particularly difficult. When you are dealing with facts and figures it is hard to get the “flow” of an article going in the right direction. It is also difficult to make it engaging and interesting so your readers will actually read and remember it. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the creative juices going.

  • Relax. The harder you try, the worse it will get. Sit back, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Take a walk or a bike ride. Read a chapter in a book. Do anything to get your mind off the fact you need to get words on a page.
  • Give yourself enough time. If you need to post a blog on Tuesday morning, don’t wait until Monday night to start working on it. Writer’s block will increase under pressure. The more relaxed you are about meeting your deadline, the better the thoughts will flow. I understand that with busy schedules it can be hard to cut the time out to sit and write, but make it happen.
  • Keep a running list. Keep a running list of possible topics. I keep a list on my iPad of topics I see on news reports, of items I see while reading other blogs, of links to articles, and of conversations I have seen on the Internet or had with others. When it comes time to write, I have a deep well of information to draw from for ideas. It keeps my topics fresh, relevant, and interesting.
  • Write a few “spare” articles. When the creative juices do hit you, take advantage. Instead of writing just one article, write two: one for the current publication, and one for when you just can’t think of anything to write. If you do this consistently, you will soon have a library of articles you can pull from when your thoughts are dry and the monster of the blank page looms.
  • Find someone to write for you. Find someone who has the talent and in depth knowledge of your subject matter who can write for you. If you really struggle with writing, it might be to your advantage to have someone do it for you. Think of the time and anguish you will save yourself not to have to worry about it.

I hope these few hints can help you conquer the writer’s block when it occurs. Not everyone is meant to be a writer. You are probably an expert at what you do, better than anyone, but writing may not be your forte. Let me know if I can help in any way.

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