As I am sure is true of most people, I write best when I am inspired and not when forced to do so. Adding a deadline only makes it worse. Obviously, stress is not conducive to getting the creative juices flowing. So suffering from a serious case of self-inflicted writer’s block, I decided to take my English teacher’s advice and write about having nothing to write about.
Whenever my fellow classmates would complain about the inability to think of something to enter in their journals, she would dryly remark “then write about that”. I recall having numerous pages with “I have nothing to write about” scrawled repeatedly across the page. Before I resort to anything quite that drastic and monotonous, I have decided to share some suggestions I found on how to cure writer’s block.
Write about something personal – Hmm, I could talk about the mysterious new growth on my foot. Maybe not… so on to the next tip.
Relax, take a bubble bath or go for a walk – Sounds like good advice. However, right now I am in the midst of another typical summer thunderstorm. Otherwise, this could be an excellent way to get rejuvenated and ready to put ink to paper. (It was summer when I originally wrote this post.)
Practice EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) – EFT is really popular these days and has been known to help in such circumstances. EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture which uses fingertips (not needles) to stimulate certain points on the body. However, my children’s snickers and bursts of laughter were too distracting for me to continue my first attempt at EFT. If you’re interested, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHCjxdKbHvM to watch the YouTube video of a writer who demonstrates this technique.
Pretend it’s Wordless Wednesday and post only a photo – Maybe I could start something new and call it Thoughtless Thursday. Until then, I need to keep researching ways to bring forth a writing Muse. FYI – Under the premise that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, participants post a photo at http://www.wordlesswednesday.com without any additional comments. Amazingly, no one on the Internet has stepped up to take credit for this popular site.
Ask others for help and inspiration – Okay, so I put out a desperate tweet for blog suggestions in the hopes that some famous novelist might take pity on me and come to my rescue. Sadly, I did not receive a single response. Perhaps I need more followers who are also copywriters. As you probably already know, Twitter is a micro-blogging platform and right now the need to come up with only 140 characters sounds very appealing to me!
Look at photos for ideas – Now that seemed like a very good idea so I visited some of my favorite stock photo sites. One such site that I like in particular is http://www.sxc.hu. The problem was I kept finding all these wonderful looking pictures of food and decided it was time for dinner. I don’t know about you, but I can’t write when I’m hungry.
Reuse and repurpose other content – Many bloggers will use articles they’ve previously written as blog posts and vice-versa. This is an excellent suggestion and one entrepreneur I know is a master at doing so (as well as coming up with fresh new content on the spot). Erin Blaskie has managed to write an ebook in one hour and has also captured it on video. Watch Erin’s video at:
Now that’s inspirational! If Erin can write an ebook in an hour, I should at least be able to come up with a blog post. And I did – my English teacher would be proud.
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