Overcoming writer’s block isn’t always easy, but it helps to keep a pen and paper at the ready for when inspiration strikes.Unknown
Many complain of experiencing writer’s block. It refers that time when writers attempt to write and nothing comes. Some complain that it last days, weeks, months. Others say it may even last years. The question came up in an authors’ forum. Here I share 13 tips recommended.
- Take a day off from writing
- Work on two different books at the same time. If you have trouble with one, move to the other. It helps with the creative process
- If you don’t know what you’re going to write there’s no point in sitting down. What you can do is think during the day what the next few pages are going to be like (when writing fiction). So when you sit you know exactly what’s coming
- One writer suggested that you leave the last sentence unfinished so you know what you are going to write when you next start writing.
- If you have lost direction, print your book so far and re-read it. By reading the previous chapters (preferably in one sitting) it provides a run-up to the bit you are actually stuck with. Then you are able to put down your reading and start writing with a renewed sense of direction.
- Read, watch a movie, play a game. Get your head back.
- Give yourself permission to write badly. Tell yourself the story. Take a break and write something completely different. Read a lot.
- It’s not a block but an opportunity. Time to edit and then later, see it with fresh eyes
- Write, write, write…even if it’s not good or what you want. You can always cut it later or edit it into what you do want.
- Disconnect and do something completely different.
- Talk about the story’s events.
- Take a walk.
- Just keep writing. Don’t get discouraged. If one thing doesn’t work, try another.
Any thoughts missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear! By the way, if you are still dreaming of writing that book and don’t know where to start, let’s connect.
Someday I’ll do this. Someday I’ll do that.
How many of us often sit or live at the ‘wishing well’ that someday I’ll do this, or that. Someday I’ll get that perfect body. I’ll have that perfect house, job, spouse, marriage with the perfect kids; go on that dream vacation, and much more! Oh if wishes were horses so many would ride.
Someday is Today
Why not let someday be today. I reflect on the movie Hidden Figures where each of the three women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space.
The inaugural team at NASA decided to step out and do something that was never done before. From the astronaut, NASA’s president, the judge, and naturally the women. They all stepped out and did something different. And guess what? It worked! Their efforts changed the world (well outer space– orbit)!
Start Here. Start Now
Why not let your someday be today? Start here, start now. Step out. Go do that thing that you’ve always dreamed of. Become an entrepreneur! Write that book! Enrol in that course! Start that blog! Take that vacation! Leave that stressful job! You are Capable. You never know what’s out there unless you try.
May your someday be today.
Twas a busy year but still felt as though some things were not done. So I compiled the events and activities and realized twas indeed alot. Looking back does provide the solace to step into the new with full force.
Sleeves already rolled for ….Goal ahead!
Cheers to the new!
Delightful collection of excerpts of 2016 Success writings in Found Poetic form
Delightful collection of excerpts of 2016 Success writings in Found Poetic form. This dissipates a Renewal of the writings on Success Strategies blog pulled from you my readers… and my top favs. Your thoughts welcomed amdist.. Cheers!
The Road to Success
It Starts with a Dream
Coach me! Top Questions Asked
To Wither. To Flourish. Your Choice
Confusion is nothing new
To Reach Goal, Rid But
I write Because
I hope you Dance
-Dr. Shelly Cameron
“The most important thing …is not winning but taking part;
The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well”
Got Big Goals? Don’t be afraid? Just do it. Big goals stretch us. The journey of reaching for them builds our stamina, our resilience. We find out things about ourselves that we never knew existed. Along the path we encourage others with the spirit to never-give- up. When the odds are against us, we learn to bounce back. Our desire to achieve and it’s in the trek that we find ourselves. We find who we are. We discover others and things that distract that we must negate from our lives. Fishing out people who discourage us, we would do well to keep at a distance.
So let’s remember that the essential thing in life is not conquering but …let us fight well.
If you know the why, you will find the how. What does that mean?
Why do you do what you do? Is it for money? For fame? Love? To make a contribution to society? To leave a legacy?
Finding the how is not as difficult as we make it. In this instance HOW means to create a desired result. This means different things to different people. Some believe the how is too hard. They do not have that Culture of discipline to accomplish their goals. On the other hand there are those who have the drive, the will, the passion to forge ahead no matter what comes their way.
In the movie Castaway, actor Tom Hanks played the role of being shipwrecked on an island waiting to be rescued. After years of waiting, he remembered his why. He wanted to survive to return to his beloved wife. Her picture kept him going throughout his tragic circumstances.
Similarly in the movie Everest, climbers reached the top and were elated but encountered setbacks on descent through severe weather conditions. Their why was to reach the top. Once that was done, in the midst of setbacks all but one froze into non existence because the how was beyond their natural scope.
Vigors of Success…
How many of us walk around alive but frozen? We meander doing daily tasks, attending to work needs, family responsibilities, and more but miss the very essence of our ‘why’. As we approach the end of another year, it might be wise to Stop. Take the time to reflect on your ‘why’. Why do you do what you do? What makes you tick? What provides that zeal…that passion to forge ahead when the going gets tough?
Only then you will be able understand your how. Today, look back on your journey. Are you still on the right path? Connect the dots and move forward to achieve your dreams, goals and aspirations.
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It’s Your Choice: Attempt Great Things
Maria Rodriquez arrived in the United States with her family when she was 12 years old. Her parents left her at home to care for her little brother while they went off in pursuit of the American dream. She was from Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, where her parents left all they had as an escape. Countless days and nights were spent fighting for a better life. Maria was fair, so her ethnicity was always mistaken. But her inability to speak the language left many confused. After graduating from high school, she went to college then dropped out because she got married. But pregnancy changed her life. She promised her unborn son that she would make sure he had the best life. That promise resulted in her reenrollment in college, where she decided to study journalism. She later captured one of the top spots in the field. Maria now manages one of the country’s top media stations.
What Does Success Look Like?
So, what does success look like? How does it feel? Does it follow the pattern of the movie The Pursuit of Happyness? More specifically, what does it take to be successful? Can anyone achieve success? Is it limited to only the rich and famous? These questions have been asked by many individuals who have a desire to become successful―to achieve their dreams, hopes and aspirations.
Success means getting what a person wants with rewards that are sustainable for individuals and those for whom they care.
Success though Elicited, is not always linear. To be clear, let’s define success. The term success refers to the attainment of wealth, position, and honors. More importantly, success means different things to different people. Essentially, it means getting what a person wants with rewards that are sustainable for individuals and those for whom they care. Fereshteh Amin shared components of her research about high achievers:
Success that encompasses all four kinds of accomplishments is more enriching and lasting.
So what does Success mean to you? Do share.
Attempt GREAT Things! Attempt GREAT Things for your life, your business, career, your loved ones! Then Expect GREAT Things! Yessss!
Life’s road is filled with choices. Our decisions Or lack thereof cascades to great things…and when we falter…missed opportunities. Building projects to achieve goals, dreams, and aspirations is costly. It demands vision, time, sacrifice, and perseverance. But it all begins with a Dream!
Do you have a Dream for your life that tugs at your heart and how you are destined to be used? A dream for yourself, your family, skills, or resources? Then Act on it! Plan it! Pursue it ! And as our inner spirit enables- ACHIEVE IT!!
It’s your choice