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No matter if you are currently ghost writing, becoming a writer, writer for hire or a marketing writer, you are most likely familiar with the concept of; annoyed and frustrated by, writer's block. Taming this beast is possible, and here are some tips to help you get back on track. 1. Be honest with yourself. If you are not writing because you are surfing the web or watching TV, don't call it writer's block. You can call it procrastination, lack of discipline, laziness if you wish, but definitely not writer's block. Writer's block refers to situations when you stare at a blank or nearly blank screen or a sheet of paper and can't squeeze the right words (or sometimes any words) out of you. So if this applies to you, turn the TV off, hang up the phone, unplug the Internet and start writing. Your "writer's block" remedy may be just as simple as that. 2. If you are having true writer's block, try changing your surroundings. If you always typed on your desktop, switch to a laptop or try an old-fashioned moleskin notebook. If you always wrote at home, take your laptop or notebook to a park, library or Internet cafe. If you don't want to leave the house, try switching rooms or even locations in the room. 3. Brainstorm. Write whatever comes to your mind without thinking too much and without criticizing it. If you are trying to come up with a topic, write everything that comes to mind, no matter how ridiculous and corny it may sound. Allow yourself to be a "bad" writer. You never know what may come out when you brainstorm and write junk. If you have a topic, write down everything you can think of that relates to it (once again, without thinking). You don't have to write paragraphs or grammatically correct sentences. Write words, phrases and everything that you can think of. Don't worry about misspellings either. It is important to write fast and without stops. Write like a madman for at least 15 minutes. 4. Start in the middle or in the end. If you are stuck, because you can't write a catchy beginning or a strong thesis, start writing your article or your writing project somewhere in the middle. You may also start with writing a conclusion. 5. If you are experiencing a block, because you can't find the right word, transition or sentence, leave it alone for a while and move on. Skip it and continue writing. You can come back to it some other time. 6. Eat good food. It may sound corny, but it is amazing what good food can do for you. Dark chocolate, green tea or raw fruits and vegetables will boost your mental activity and your energy levels. 7. Turn your mind off. Meditate, do yoga or listen to music. Try to clear your mind and not think of anything, especially related to writing. Breathe deeply and concentrate on your breath. Try to release your stress, because often it is the number one reason for a writer's mind being stuck. 8. If nothing works, take a short break. Physical exercise, just like good food, stimulates brain activity. Go outside for a short walk or drive to a gym, but don't forget to bring your notebook along, because you never know when these creative juices will start flowing.
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