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Tips and Tricks to Never Get Writer's Block

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Tips and Tricks to never get writer’s block

I have been a writer for many years, and I am rather prolific. Not only have I written hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books, I also have written well over a thousand articles. I work as a freelancer, so I write about anything that the publisher wants written about. It’s a great job for me, but at first I had to learn how to not get writer’s block. It only happened the first couple of years I wrote, but now I know how to avoid that time suck all together. Since I write for a living, I can’t afford to get writer’s block. The only way I pay my bills, is to keep it coming.

Write it down

In general, I am a pretty creative person and ideas come at me all the time. If I am working on a book, the next few scenes may come to me while I am cooking or giving my toddler a bath. I write it down, a few words or lines that will restart my brain later when I have time to write. Ideas come to us all day, so write it down until you can deal with it properly. By the time I sit down to write, most of the book has already played in my head and I already know what I’m going to say.

Dictation

When my hands are cramped up or I just don’t know how to put what I want to say into words, I turn on my mic and start talking. The copy will be rougher in the proofing part, but it’s a great way to get through a scene that is hard to describe. Try talking it out with your eyes closed, for better visualization. The office mic is good enough to pick up most of it clearly and you likely already have Word on your computer.

Block Schedule Writing

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I work best a couple of hours at a time. I have small children, which can make quiet time hard to find. Know your schedule and pick a time where you can actually focus and write. I have three short two-hour blocks; first thing in the morning when everyone is asleep, another around two for nap time and the last one after chores are done and the house is clean. Choosing the right time, can make all the difference for productivity, as well as creative flow.

Write in Short Bursts

I typically work in ten-minute bursts. I type very fast, but after 10-20 minutes, it can physically hurt to type so fast. A short burst helps me get a scene out of my head or an idea, with a 5-10 minute break in between to percolate on the next idea or scene. It comes out better for me to commit to a ten-minute bursts, then a two hour interval.

Constant Input

Constant input of creative work is needed, especially if you create on a daily basis. This means you need to consume movies, books, whatever art or nature that refills your creative well. I am always picking up books and watching great and horrible movies, to see where writing went well or bad. I need a constant input of creative things, to keep me going. If you can’t write, try watching a great show or witty book, it might set your mind right for your own creativity.

Just Write

At the end of the day, you have to put pen to paper and get it down. You can’t proofread if there is nothing, so just put something down and see where it goes. It reminds me of journal time in school, when the teacher would tell the whiners, if you don’t know what to write, write that, just write something. Same goes for you, just start writing and see where it goes. You can always erase it later, but you just might surprise yourself. Commit to five or ten minutes and just write.

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