What Do You Do When You’re in a Rut?

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stuck in a rut

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…]

When Writer’s Block Hits and Brute Force Just Doesn’t Cut It

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writers block

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…]

Meditation and Writing: How to Open Your Mind and Enhance Your Creativity

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meditation and writing

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…]

Help! I’m stuck on my lead!

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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…]

Holiday Gifts for Writers and Bloggers: Writer's Remedy

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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.

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