Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Overcoming Writer's Block

Whether you're a writer who believes in writer's block or one who thinks it's a product of our imaginations, all of us will suffer from this problem at least once during our career. It can be very difficult to get anything done with this pernicious problem hanging over our heads; I know, I've been there! Below are some tips I've found useful in overcoming writer's block and how to cope.

First and foremost, it's important to create a writing routine and stick to it. As hard as this may be in the beginning, it's well worth the effort. Even if you are suffering from writer's block, it's important to do your best to ignore it and continue writing regardless. Eventually, you'll train your brain into knowing when it's time to write, and hopefully your block will be a thing of the past.

Another reason you could be dealing with writer's block is because your inner critic just won't shut up and behave! Writers are said to be their own worst critics, and I'm afraid I have to agree. While you're writing, don't stress too much over the proper words to use. During the editing process, you can break out the red pen and go at it but while you're writing, do your best to silence your inner critic.

Because our writing is our profession, we need to think of our jobs as exactly that. Even though we have the luxury of working from home, freelancing and making our own hours, we still need to realize this is a job like any other. By training our minds to realize freelance writing is our paycheck, we are more likely to get things done and sail through the problem of writer's block.

Working on more than one project at a time can also help get the creative juices flowing. When we aren't tied down to one project, we're less likely to become bored and start dreading the monotonous task of churning out 30 articles on the same keyword phrase. Juggling a few projects at a time has always helped alleviate writer's block for me. It's also important to remember to take time off when you need to in order to give your mind time to "breathe."

These are just a few ideas I've found worked for me to help reduce writer's block. If you have any ideas that have worked for you in the past, please let me know!

Best Wishes,

Denise

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