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Overcome Writer’s Block with These Tips

March 3, 2014 2 Comments

We’ve all been there, sitting at our PCs watching the little cursor blink. To make matters worse, there is always the little reminder at the bottom of the screen Words: 0.

So where do you go from here?

Tips to overcome writer's block.

Tips to overcome writer’s block.

Turn off the Distractions
This is probably the biggest cause of writer’s block. It seems we always find something else to do when it is our time to sit down at the PC and write.

  • Turn off your browser, email, social media, and anything else that can catch your attention.
  • Turn off your phone or at least move it into another room.
  • Set aside a place to write. Make this your writing area. When you sit down at your PC, you are there to write and nothing else.

Set a Daily Word Count
Set a writing goal for you to meet every time you sit down to write. Don’t make it too easy. You want to have to work for the goal.

  • For starters, set you goal to 400 words.
  • Don’t get up until you have reached the daily goal.
  • After that becomes routine and is an easy goal to reach, raise your daily limit.

Don’t Stop to Edit and Re-edit

  • While you are on a roll and the words are flowing, don’t stop to edit. Keep writing.
  • Set a word limit or time limit that you must reach before you can start to edit your work.
  • This keeps your focus on writing.

Try a Mind Map for Your Idea
Mind mapping is a brain storming technique where you write down a central topic in the middle of a sheet of paper and include all of your ideas that are associated with that central topic. Read more about it here.

  • Start by writing down a topic in the middle of a sheet of paper. Put a circle around the topic.
  • Write down an idea pertaining to that topic. Draw a circle around that idea. Connect the two with a line.
  • Keep going in that fashion for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Write down all of the words you can think of that are associated with the topic. Before you know it, you will have a general idea of your topics and the sub-points you want to cover.

Just Start Typing
Put your fingers on the keyboard and start typing.

  • Words.
  • Sentences.
  • Don’t stop to edit. Your goal is to write.
  • Do this in conjunction with your daily word count.

We’ve all been there. We need to get a blog post written and published, but we just can’t seem to find the words. We fidget at our PC, go check out Twitter, email, then our favorite websites. Overcome these non-productive days by turning off the distractions and by setting a daily word limit. These simple changes should help you overcome writer’s block and reach your writing goal.

I’d like to hear what techniques you use to overcome writer’s block? Take a minute and share them in the comments below.
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  1. Jakes says:

    Hi Dan,
    Being consistent is difficult and it had made hiccups in my blogging career. The irony is a blogger needs to be regular. It’s not a job where you invest money and make benefit without any effort.

    Turning on distraction is kind of impossible in the world wide web. Having writing goals daily and sticking with it sounds as a sensible solution.

    Thanks for sharing these tips..


    Jakes

    • Dan Swords says:

      Jakes
      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the tips.
      Being consistent will keep your readers coming to your site. If you cant post once a week then shoot for every other week but stay consistent.
      Good luck with your blogging.
      Dan

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