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6 Amazing Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block!

6 Amazing Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block!

If you happen to write for a living, then I’m sure you’ve had many days when it seemed impossible to get the brain cells firing.

Overcoming Writer’s Block can be more of a challenge than many think… it can be exhausting to grab that keyboard and start pecking away.

In my opinion, one of the greatest things that separates successful people than from those that are not, is that successful people create habits by keeping daily notes and writing schedules for themselves… they are well organized.

The successful person see’s the long-term goal even during the days when they just don’t feel like lifting a finger. I also believe they have a strong support system of friends and family.

Much of what has worked for me is keeping notes, having a written daily work schedule to accomplish, and being fairly well organized.

For me, consistency has been the key!  Since I have been following my daily written schedule, I have been motivated to quit screwing around and get to writing.  The habit is starting to take hold, so here I am writing my story to how I finally found some motivation to get back on that horse and ride.

Here Are a Few Tips I Found that Motivate Me Enough to Break Through My Writer’s Block.

1. First Tip for Overcoming Writer’s Block… Rid Your Negative Thoughts!

Overcoming Writer’s Block can be more of a challenge than many think!  After you’ve been away from writing for a while, it may seem impossible, almost exhausting to grab that keyboard and start pecking away.

I feel that getting rid of the negative thoughts is a great place to start.  The key here is to set aside those highly destructive thoughts… my negative thoughts are what led to my procrastination and the lack of my writing ability.

It’s human nature to feel negative every so often… the important thing is how you handle it.

Your mind can play tricks on you, making you feel like you are failing, and that there is no reason to continue down this path of what you are doing.  The mind is a powerful influence; don’t let it take control of your thoughts!

If you tell yourself that you will fail, that’s exactly what will happen, you will fail!  On the other hand, if you tell yourself that you will succeed, you will succeed!

Keeping a positive attitude is key so it’s important to open the door for positive influences in your life.

A known public speaker Zig Ziglar says that he wakes up every morning, slaps the back of his hand, one hand, then the other, then says out loud “It’s Going to Be a Great Day!”  You can motivate yourself… say out loud right now “I CAN DO THIS!” 

If you say it enough, you will start to motivate yourself into believing you can do it.  Look at Nike’s slogan “Just Do It!”… what the heck are they talking about?  My opinion is… toss YOUR excuses aside and Just Do It!

Another thought that helped me get rid of my negativity and begin overcoming my writer’s block was thinking about my life and where I’d like to be in 5, 10, or 15 years from now.

Even though I may be feeling like I am spinning my wheels just a tad at the moment, I remind myself that I am doing this for my son and myself… for the LONG TERM!

If you haven’t been successful by this time in your life, just hang in there you will find what your term of success is if you just stay positive and remain persistent.

Once you gain control of your negative thoughts you can begin writing, but let’s go on to the next tip.

2. Carry a Notepad or Recording Device with You

I find that I come up with the most creative ideas and thoughts when I’m taking my son to school.  How often have you been at a red light when a mind blowing idea pops in your head?  It has happened to me more times than I care to count.

I choose to carry a tape-less recorder, but a few times I have come up with an idea and it was nowhere to be found.  So, what I do now is set the recorder directly next to my wallet, phone and keys.

Part of the writing experience is learning that good ideas do not always come to us when we need them. We must learn to harness ideas as they enter our minds, even as we’re about to fall asleep at night.

3. Physical Exercise Does a Brain Good!

Walk to Clear Mind and Increase Endorphins

People that tell you that physical exercise isn’t important for mental stimulation need a kick in the head.

If you find yourself staring at the screen expecting to see results, then maybe it’s time to get up and take a walk around the block… you’d be amazed how getting the endorphins pumping will help you with overcoming writer’s block.

Hit the treadmill or the racquetball court or drive yourself to the gym for a quick workout.  When you do decide to go, make sure you take your notepad or recorder because the blood will be flowing throughout your brain, stimulating your thoughts.

4. Set Your Focus on the Benefits

If removing your negative thoughts wasn’t enough for overcoming writer’s block, then let’s focus on the bigger picture.  Let’s think about what the benefits are for breaking through that mental wall and begin typing.

My benefits were… as soon as I complete this article, I will have broken through my wall enough to be motivated to write other articles.  The results will be that Mr. GoogleBot will say “Hey look, more valuable content, let’s move this guy up the Rankings ladder”… bringing more traffic to my site… it’s a Win/Win situation darn it.

It doesn’t take a Pulitzer prize winning story to have the amazing feelings, just taking a few steps daily towards the bigger picture can give an incredible satisfaction, plus bring a smile to your face.

5. Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Once you’ve rid your negative thoughts and focused on the benefits of creating a masterpiece, the steps to recovery are much easier.  Sometimes the bar is just too high in comparison to your motivation, so I believe the taking of baby steps, putting one foot in front of the other is one of the greatest ways to start overcoming writer’s block.

Once you get writing, don’t be hard on yourself. Anna Quindlin wrote, “People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” Turn the critical part of your brain off. There will be a time and a place for criticism: it’s called editing.

If even writing one article seems to overwhelm you, let’s take the baby step approach and start by writing the title and one paragraph, the other writing will follow.

6. Get inspired, Remember Why You Started to Write in the First Place.

Take a look at the articles that you are writing.  Are you doing what you love, or what you think has to be done?  Writing what you love gives you the most enjoyment, and this is what your readers gain from your articles.

I personally have received comments from readers that state it appears if I love what I do.  Doing what you love will enable your readers to connect with you.

Finding inspiration for articles to write has never been easier than it is today, so instead of beating yourself up, use the search engines to look up information that you are interested in and get inspired.

When you have found something of interest, get to writing, someone is out there just waiting to hear what you have to say.

If you continue to touch base with the joy you felt when you first started writing, this will sustain you through your current writers block, and whatever the future holds for you.

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  1. Hey John,

    Great stuff here buddy! Another one that has made a big difference for me is to always be studying on a daily basis. Many of my ideas come from other people and putting them into action and sharing them with others.

    Did you know that if you studied for one hour per day for one year that that would be the equivalent of nine 40 hour work weeks? Think about how quickly you could become an expert in something if you just committed yourself to constant study.

    Thanks for the tips!

    See you at the top,
    Michael Stead

    • John Engle says:

      Hey Michael,

      You have a great tip… studying is always a great idea, what better way to become proficient in your field! My grandfather always said “Never Stop Educating Yourself”!

      It’s funny how you left the comment with “See You at the Top”… Zig Ziglar? I have a website designing business called SyattWebDesign… http://www.SyattWebDesign.com. You can imagine what the Syatt stands for, right?

      Thanks for your comments Michael!

      John Engle

  2. Sue Mitchell says:

    All great ideas! The idea of taking just a very small step, like writing the title, really helps me.

    I also tell myself that it’s just fine if my first draft is crap. I let the words flow out and be as horrible as they’d like to be. Invariably, when I go back to it later, it’s not all that awful and just needs a few tweaks.

    The biggest problem I need to overcome relates to your first point. I need to create and commit to a sacred writing schedule. That is definitely my next step, and I know it will feel great when I do that because I actually have a lot to say and would love to get it out there! 🙂

    Thanks for the great ideas.

    • John Engle says:

      Hi Sue,

      I’m glad that you got something from my article!

      As I mentioned in my post, it is working for me very well to stick to a schedule. I too have a lot to say, but am not sure where to start sometimes, so I begin by just writing the idea down, and add to it as I have brainstorms. When I’m ready I will just let the ideas flow into an article.

      Thank You for your comments.

      John Engle

  3. Amanda Marie says:

    Hey John!

    Wonderful thoughts about writer’s block! I love your suggestions about writing ideas down as they come to you. I often record thoughts on my phone as I go through my day. 🙂 I also get good ideas when I workout and get INSPIRED about why I blog and do social media marketing.

    Thanks so much for bringing this to everyone’s attention! Great info! 🙂

    • John Engle says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Thank You for your kind words… this is an honor receiving comments from you. I feel like this is an endorsement, and it can be nothing but great things from here on out!

      I have great things to say about Katie Freiling and Jonathan Budd, but I believe you are the pioneer in providing leadership for the field of Social Media Marketing!

      Thank you again Amanda,

      John Engle

  4. Jennifer May says:

    Hey John! What an AWESOME Post and so very helpful! Number 2 really hit home for me as I ALWAYS have a notepad with me!

    I don’t so much have writers block, as too many ideas so I ensure I keep that notepad with me. You never know where you will get inspired!

    Great post and definitely sharing this one dear! 🙂

    • John Engle says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I just realized I didn’t reply to you… I’m sorry… Thank you for your nice words! I’m glad some things hit home, because we all have some things in common for what works and what doesn’t to keep our lives on the straight and narrow.

      I sometimes have too many ideas running through my head, I often don’t know where to start. Since I wrote an hour by hour schedule I have been more organized, dedicating a certain time for writing, online training, Promoting the Unified Tribe members, Twitter and Facebook connecting etc. I even set a time for running in the morning, breakfast time and lunch time. Some people might think I am nuts, but it is what’s working for me at the moment… we gotta do what we gotta do!

      Thank you again Jennifer for your nice comments!

      John Engle

  5. Vicki Berry says:

    Wow John! What a moving post. I think this is something many of us struggle with from time to time. And the first thing first, getting rid of that negativity, is the Most important!

    Our subcounscous mind can play terrible tricks on our self confidence as we struggle with the daily routines and other parts of life that try to get in the way.

    But keeping our eyes on the long term goals, focusing on the benefits of taking each little step (if you have NOT read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson then DO!), we’ll find ourselves creating momentum as inspiration finds us.

    You are being inspiring here for sure, thank you for a wonderful post!

    Wishing You Wonderful Success,
    Vicki

    • John Engle says:

      Well Hello Vicki,

      As always it’s great to hear from you… you bring nice comments in your overnight bag each time you travel from your blog to mine!

      You are right about the subconscious playing tricks on us… that dirty little scoundrel seems to be the biggest part of the problem when a person loses faith in themselves and gives up, causing catastrophic failure in what they are trying to accomplish.

      I know I am getting off the subject of Overcoming Writer’s Block, but I believe a person can do anything they choose to do, as long as they believe in themselves, learn from their mistakes and keep moving forward with a positive attitude.

      Thank you for your nice words!

      John Engle

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