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Overcoming Writer's Block

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Do you suffer from writer's block? Is there a pending project you are
putting off because you lack the inspiration to even get it started? You
certainly are not alone. At various times you will go through times of
energetic writing as well as lengthy dry spells. Here are some tips you
may want to consider to help you keep those slow times to a minimum.


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writing, editing, publishing, articles, web content, newsletters,
magazines, periodicals, ezines


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Do you suffer from writer's block? Is there a pending project you are
putting off because you lack the inspiration to even get it started? You
certainly are not alone. At various times you will go through extended
periods of energetic writing as well as lengthy dry spells. Here are some
tips you may want to consider to help you keep those slow times to a
minimum.

<b>Idea Mining</b> If you do not have a specific topic in mind, start
brainstorming to come up with a variety of topics. I get plenty of my
ideas when I take a thirty minute brisk walk through my neighborhood.
Watching rabbits eating clover, observing colorful roses, and listening
to the sweet conversation of cardinals puts me at ease. When I am
relaxed, I can think much more clearly. It sure beats sitting in front of
my computer fretting about my work! Find something that brings out the
inspiration in you.

<b>Get Interested</b> Writing on a topic that interests you is much
easier to do than when you must write about a topic that you either: a)
do not find interesting, or b) you are not particularly knowledgeable
about. You can raise your interest by researching the topic. Read other
online articles, go to the library and read a chapter or two in a related
book, or contact someone familiar with the subject at hand [an
enthusiatic expert is best]. After a certain amount of research your
curiosity should be piqued which will help fuel your interest in the
topic.

<b>Make an Outline</b> Write a topic sentence and then "bullet" three or
four key points that you want to make. Expand each point into one
paragraph each; collectively these points will comprise the body of your
article. A brief conclusion [summation] tying all the points together at
the end of the article will bring things "to a wrap."

<b>Sit on it</b> No, I am not being obscene. Rather, once you have
written your article put it aside for a day or two and then come back to
it. A fresh perspective has a way in helping you craft a better article.
More than likely you will catch grammatical errors, locate incomplete or
unclear thoughts, or find errors in punctuation by stepping back for a
period of time.

You can overcome writer's block by following the above steps. If you find
yourself hindered by the "paralysis of analysis" when it comes to
selecting a winning topic, then you must step away, regroup, and come
back only when sufficiently inspired. Writing with clear purpose and
enthusiasm will happen once you put your writer's block beyond you.

(c)2005; Matthew C. Keegan, LLC

				
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