Breaking Through The Barriers Of Writer’s Block

Writer’s block occurs when we lose our train of thought or have seemingly run out of ideas. When this occurs it is only natural to increase your determination to get the writing process back on track. Actually this can make the situation worse since it introduces more pressure which further constricts your ability to develop new writing ideas.

What to do?

Here are 3 tips to use for idea generation or to recapture your train of thought when the writing process for you comes to a grinding halt.

Review What You Wrote

This often can help to get your thinking back on track. When you lose your focus the best thing to do is ‘retract’ your previous steps to pick back up on your trail of thought. By reviewing your most recently documented content you can determine what your point is and the direction you were taking it. This can be a very effective way of snapping out of the writers block that has stalled your efforts.

Leave Your Work Station

Changing environments often accomplishes two things. It reduces the pressure and frustration that was building upon you to produce while sitting at your work station. It also presents new scenery which is helpful for idea generation. Sometimes it can take the most insignificant ‘nudge’ such as seeing a bird in flight or hearing a comment in passing to help you regain your momentum.

Also helpful when you are ‘stuck’ for the right words are to verbalize what it is you want to say. Your thought flow more clearly when you verbalize them because you are NOT trying to ALSO focus on documenting them at the same time.

Start a New Task

Starting on something new allows you to continue to make progress by actually accomplishing something else. This also will once again alleviate the stress and mounting frustration building in you from the writers block. Once the pressure has been relieved your thoughts will tend to flow more freely allowing you to recapture your lost momentum. At the very least you are making progress on another task so your time is not being wasted.

There is never a good time for writer’s block to strike but it is inevitable that it will affect you at some point especially if you write a lot. Nothing can be more frustrating than having the writing process disrupted by an inexplicable loss of ideas. Whether you are trying to generate new writing ideas or simply recapture a previous pattern of thought writers’ block can be difficult to overcome. The 3 tips suggestions above are effective for either idea generation or to simply regain previous patterns of thought. By taking a break or moving on to another task you immediately remove the building frustrations you are experiencing. By doing so this results in less pressure on you which than allows your creative thoughts to flow freely once again. At this point you can now ‘pick up’ where you have left off and finish that brilliant composition you were working on!

Promote your Coaching or Speaking Business Through eBooks

In these uncertain times when we all would like to feel safe, when we don’t really want to travel so much for our business, we need to look to the Online Marketing Machine of ePublishing. Your audience today is Internet savvy. They love the Web, surf it regularly and are looking for specific information that. You have that expertise already and can easily put it into an eBook. Business audiences want concise, easy-to-read short books on subjects from personal growth to how-to books. They are willing to print short eBooks, often only the chapters they plan to read immediately. Hardly any business person wants to read a long book any more. If you are like me, you probably don’t want to either. Ebooks are the wave of the future, and anyone, even those who think they can’t write, can create a quality eBook in less than a month. With a little help from a book coach, you can learn the three or four best ways to use your eBook with other Online Promotion-and watch your client base grow. If you are a speaker, you already have several talks you can give. One of those talks can be your first short eBook. Print books and traditional publishing don’t support the author. They take way too long, and only give the author a pittance for a lot of hard work. E books are easy work. In fact, with the articles you have in your files, plus the talks you already have written, you have the beginnings of your first eBook. Instead of 200 pages, think 10-30 pages. Instead of 15 chapters, think of 3-5 sections. Instead of long stories, think of tips. Why an eBook? Today, professionals need a Web site to market their services. In that Web site they need a home page with marketing pizzazz that uses benefit-driven headlines to drive the visitor to their coaching pages as well as to their product pages. On these pages you have your “sales letter” crafted to entice your reader to buy. EBooks help your coaching business because you can give the very short ones away when people subscribe to your eNewsletter. Your ezine helps promote both your eBooks and your services. Even if you don’t have your own Web site, you can sell eBooks on other sites. Many pay up to 70% royalties-a much better deal than Amazon. The “Big Three” Marketing Machine 1. Write or use short articles already in your files. Subscribe and submit them to Opt-in Ezines. 2. Expand several articles to become an eSpecial Report, or eBook as some call them. You can give these away also, and you can also charge $4.95-$7.95 for them. 3. Write your short eBook including a short introduction (sales letter), table of contents, a simple cover, and apply the essential “hot selling points” like the 30-60 “Tell and Sell.” In each of these include all of your promotion information, your list of other products, your announcement about your coaching services, your one-page for speaking, and an order page with instructions that make it easy to “buy.” Why Write an eBook? Using this trio, you will attract many more people to your Web site, to your talks, seminars and teleclasses. You will attract new clients as well as new subscribers to your ezine. In the long run, you will create a business easy and fun to operate. You’ll create even more client loyalty and trust while building your reputation. And you create an ongoing, lifelong income-enough to keep you sound and secure in any economic situation.

Writing through Troublesome Times

Some people, like me, pick up pen and paper or go to the computer when sorrow, grief, or other trouble strikes. The need to put emotion, especially that caused by trauma, into words becomes overwhelming. Words spill across the page or screen, allowing us to cope with the pain swamping our spirits.

Does verbalizing help us cleanse the poison of suffering from our hearts and minds? Or, are our words a cry for help? Perhaps, we need to verbalize and receive help in order to heal. In fact writing therapy is a recommended way of dealing with problems of all kinds.

Putting my emotions into words helped me survive the death of my baby. I thought I was going crazy as the dreams came each time I slept: dreams of holding her, caring for her, dreams too real. I’d awaken to the reality of my loss and empty arms again and again. Finally I started writing each time I awoke. I poured my thoughts onto the multicolored pages of a tablet and stuck the written words in the family Bible. As time passed, the grief became bearable. Writing helped me survive for my other children and my husband.

As I sat beside my mother’s side after her stroke, I knew she probably wouldn’t live, couldn’t live. I grabbed scrap paper and jotted my feelings into lines of poetry. When my former son-in-law “stole” two of my grandchildren the day after their great-grandmother died, the emotions that never die gave realism to a novel about a young woman whose ex-husband takes their children.

As Robert and I lived through the time he was in hospice nearly two years ago, knowing that his life was ending, I questioned God, begged Him to touch Robert. Then I turned to writing again. I used words to cope with the pain of watching my husband suffer. Writing allowed me to stay strong for him. Then when Robert no longer was considered terminal, I knew that writing had helped me keep my sanity again.

Poetry especially grants me release from whatever emotions I may experience; writing the concise, precise words in poetic language becomes my therapy. Many lines of poetry fill the folder on my hard drive or reside in a published book. One time when extremely angry, I wrote the following:


Black, billowing smoke, fed by blazing flames,

Twists the mind and soul like a blade

Turning within a blast furnace of molden steel.

Thought becomes muddled with blasts of agony;

Nothing is clear or positive, but all confrontational,

Filled with the desire to hurt, to maim, even kill.

The pounding of one’s heart closes his ears

To reason, to the cry of control, of restraint.

When the final explosion destroys all reason,

What is left is ashes of physical insanity,

The remains of emotional destruction,

The exhaustion felt by losing all inhibition.

Joy becomes a dim memory lost in violence.