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How Do You Conquer The Dreaded Writer’s Block?
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There are times in our lives when the ideas are just flowing, and we can't write the articles fast enough. I call this being "in the zone", and it's an amazing place to be.

When you're "in the zone" you know exactly what you're supposed to be writing about at that given moment, you write with confidence, and the writing process is almost effortless. 

And then there is the flip side of being in the zone–the dreaded writer's block. 

Most of us have been there at some time or another, and it's the strangest feeling. You can have one day when you're writing up a storm, and then when you sit down the next day your mind has trouble piecing 3 words together!

And we're just thinking "What is the deal? And what can I do to kick start my brain again?"

Author Scott Burken says that the reason why writers clench up sometimes is because we're afraid of creating something that isn't any good. He says:

…Writer’s block is a sham. Anyone who wrote yesterday can write today, it’s just a question of if they can do it to their own satisfaction. It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s fear of not writing well; something quite different. Certainly every writer has moments of paralysis, but the way out is to properly frame what’s going on, and writer’s block, as commonly misunderstood, is a red herring.

This is really quite comforting, as it's a bit unnerving to sit down to write stuff that you know you need to write and then come up dry.

Scott has a great list of ways to kick start yourself out of a writing stupor which you should check out, but my all time favorite, which I've used time and time again is: 

Write about not being able to write. Sound weird? Perhaps, but it works. As Scott says, the reason why people get writers block is that they are afraid of not writing to their own satisfaction. It isn't that they've forgotten how to write. To begin to write about your feelings associated with not being able to write (and believe me, if you have writer's block you will definitely have some strong feelings going on) it's like oiling the writing wheels in your brain. When you start to write (write about anything that is going on in your head) you will eventually break through the block and start to write about the topic at hand. Try it–I'm telling you this works!

Scott has some other great tips for conquering writer's block that you may find helpful, but for now tell us

Have you ever had writer's block, and what did you do to get over it? 


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4 Responses to “How Do You Conquer The Dreaded Writer’s Block?”

  1. I agree that there are times when everything just flows, and there are other occasions when I get blockages.

    I believe that sometimes we can become too much of a perfectionist and this can result in the blockages.

    Perhaps we should just let the creative juices flow initially and then go over our work and make any necessary modifications before releasing the article.

  2. Pat Gunning says:

    as for me, when I get writers block I can always crank out a political rant or two. It usually takes the edge off and helps a bit!

    I’ve actually done some of my best work when experiencing WB shutdown.

    The tip here is to find something you can write about and get busy… you’ll be surprised how quickly you get creative ideas for your real project!

  3. Hi Steve,

    Writers block is something that we all go through; however its just a temporary thing that we can get over using a little ingenuity.

    Many of us suffer from the proverbial perfection syndrome. This sometimes causes us to freeze, when our writing is not flowing the way we want it to.

    To get over this hurdle I just start writing something about another topic. This can be any topic. The goal here is to get over the temporary writing block.

    What I find is that most times I overcome the fear and can get back to the topic at hand. If this doesn’t work, then I just take a break and do it later.

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks for your leadership!


  4. Caleb says:

    What I do is just write without thinking and without being too concerned with the output. I do this long enough and several pages later, I’m prepared to write my article :-)

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