How To Defeat Writers Block

by Lawrh
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Glenn Livingston posted a good article on writers block for marketers. There are many here who struggle with creating content, this may be useful.

Obliterating Writer’s Block (for Marketers) | Pay Per Click Search Marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Umm...

      I don't know what to write in response to your post.

      Arg!

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  • Profile picture of the author 1960Texan
    Nice article, with a few good tips. The method that I've used whenever I get blocked is this:
    I give myself permission to suck. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but it isn't mine. It does work, though. I'll write whatever comes to mind, knowing that I'm most likely not going to be using any of it. Something happens as I'm putting the disposable words on the page (or screen), and before I'm done with the crap, I've got an idea for something useful.
    Will
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    If it's a question of not being able to come up with writing ideas, I highly recommend this little gem from Warrior Brad Carroll:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...yword-7-a.html

    Big help in figuring out how to come at the same topic a bunch of different ways. It has cured me many times of my writer's block.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Debbie Allen
    Just like the article in the OP's original post, I think sometimes we try too hard to come up with ideas. If we just let the words flow we are sometimes much better off. We can always go back and perfect the thoughts later. Believe it or not, I talk to my dog constantly as I write. She is very intelligent!

    I can read her things that I intend to use as my research and even ask her questions. This helps me sort things out. Mind mapping has helped me countless times. It provides a way of seeing on paper (or screen) how various things connect and work together - which ultimately makes it easier to put together my own thoughts and ideas. It also helps to take breaks from various subjects. I have found that if I write no more than 3 articles per subject at a time I am feeling fresher and more ready to tackle whatever it is that I need to cover.

    Another thing that helps me is the fact that I have my work area set up in a way that is appealing to me. NO, it's not especially beautiful, but it does have a stereo complete with my favorite music, candles and incense that are always ready to fill the air with my favorite sounds and fragrances. It's also not an accident that I have an extremely comfortable place to work, and because I frequently get migraines I can easily darken the room whenever I need to. Additionally, I have my vision board within sight at all times as well as inspirational art and quotes.

    On the more technical side of things, I use Google and the technology of the Wonder Wheel option when I am stumped for ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author WritingMadwoman
      I really like the vomit idea - gross as it is. :rolleyes: It's so true though, sometimes I have to do that because I went over my calorie limit for the day . . . j/k.

      Seriously, it IS a good way to get the words out, even if they're crap. But then you can work with them, rewrite and edit until they flow.

      Good article, thanks for sharing!

      Wendy
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  • Profile picture of the author ezyweb
    I use the Google Adwords research tool to come up with ideas for content whenever I'm stuck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Sorry, I didn't read the link in the OP, but I believe the best thing to do when you have writer's block is to write an article about how to overcome writer's block.

    I believe it's a rite of passage for us writers, yes?

    ~Michael

    p.s. On a more serious note. I find that writing anything at all does help. Also, setting mini-goals like writing 100 words or 1 paragraph; if the block is really tough then I reduce to just writing 20 words or one sentence.
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