Just like zombiecalypse (or apocalypse) believers have a survival pack ready and accessible for when the end of the world comes, a writer ought to have an emergency pack he can rely on when things go haywire. We can go the simplistic route and call it writer’s block (although the block is not that simple when it comes to the point). Sometimes, though, it’s not that bad a block. Perhaps you just need a little jumpstart. That’s where the Writer Emergency Pack can help you. The Writer Emergency Pack started out as a Kickstarter project by John August, who is [Read more…]
You’re probably thinking, “Sure, been there; done that. I didn’t even bother to collect the t-shirt.” There is a point in every writer’s life when he just doesn’t feel like writing. Whatever the reason may be, it does not matter when you’re that point. You just probably want to do anything but write, but let me give you a little tug – back to earth. Source If you’re a writer, you should write even if you don’t feel like it. Of course, there are exceptions, but if you want to be a better writer, then you’ll have to push yourself [Read more…]
We’ve read more than enough articles and quotes about that thing called writer’s block and how to overcome it. But what if you’re experiencing is not a “simple” case of the block? What if, maybe without realizing it, you’re in a rut, the reason for which is deeper than you might know? Source Of course, if it’s depression – more than a case of the blues – then it’s a whole different story. You will probably need professional help to sort that out. If, however, it’s just the blues, or whatever you want to call it, and it’s interfering with [Read more…]
I’ve always been one of those who believe in brute force when it comes to handling writer’s block. Source Just sit down and write. Just do it. You have to chase motivation/inspiration with a club. I like those motivational quotes that tell you to just plod along and get it over with, and most of the time, it does work for me. There are times, though, when no matter how much brute force I apply, I just can’t get anything done – not even a single cohesive sentence. I think that I wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that this happens [Read more…]
Writing is a unique career choice. There can be many peaks and valleys in terms of levels of creativity, work flow, and the number of projects that you are working on. This is why it is important to take advantage of productive times. This helps to mitigate the impact of the lulls in your productivity and the times when it is seemingly impossible to put a sentence together. There is nothing more frustrating than staring at the computer screen and trying piece a sentence together when you just can’t seem to find the right words. Consistency, Focus, and Creative Flow [Read more…]
The lead (lede). It’s an essential part of an article. It’s the hook that brings readers in, it’s the flag that sets the tone for the rest of the article. A reader’s road map…I could go on and on. There’s nothing more frustrating than doing the research, conducting the interviews, gathering your cup of joe and sitting down to that blank page with a blinking cursor. An article’s lead is important – which is why it is often the hardest part of the article for writers to write. So what do you do when you’re stuck? Reread your notes. There’s [Read more…]
by Deb Ng Here’s a fun way to battle writer’s block: Writers Remedy is a bunch of magnetic words in a jar. Simply take out some words, pop ‘em up on the fridge and mix and match until you come up with some ideas. There are 300 words in the jar, enough to nudge you back to the task at hand. The jar retails for about $15 at the Magnetic Poetry website.