The 3 Most Important Questions to Answer if You Think You Have Writer’s Block

Each day, I work with leaders and business owners who have to write…memos, speeches, e-mails, blogs and books.  It is not uncommon to hear “Well…I did not get it done.  I think I have writer’s block.”  So…if this sounds like you, please listen to the podcast below and answer the questions which I ask here:

1)   What is really causing the writers block? This could be fatigue, stress, too much activity OR…it could be that you simply don’t want to write.  If you are just not wanting to write, spend a few minutes talking through what you want to write.  Record it into a microphone and then use a speech to text piece of software like Dragon Naturally Speaking or the speech recognition software that comes with most computers.

2)   On a scale of 1-10, how vivid is your imagination? Are you staring at the same walls, bookshelves and people every day?  If so, it might just be time to get out and spice things up.  Go to a great bookstore, restaurant you’ve never been to or head out for a sexy night on the town…a bit of salsa dancing and great music may just do the trick.

3)   How often are you telling yourself you have writers block? To be honest, I don’t really believe in writers block.  I think it’s something we all make up as a way to get out of having to write.  The best way to get out of writers block is to write is to stop telling yourself this story and write A LOT!  I highly recommend early morning journaling (random, stream of consciousness writing) and blogging.  Blogging is a tool that can get you out of writers block in a snap.  If you want to get out of writer’s block, write on your blog every day…you will be so surprised at how quickly your “writer’s block” becomes a flood of great ideas to write about.

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