Feeling Stuck?

Rebecca Matter here — checking in to see if you’ve done your writing for the day. (If you’re just getting back in the swing of things today, you can catch up on what we’re doing this week by going here.)

Yesterday I had one of those days where you sit down to write, and nothing happens. I froze.

Yep — I was faced with writer’s block.

“Just write something,” I told myself. “It can be complete rubbish, you just need your fingers to start typing.” (Advice my mom gave me years ago when she was tackling her latest novel.)

“I write at least four pages every morning,” she told me. “And I don’t second-guess what I’m writing. Even if it’s a conversation between two of my characters that I don’t think will be used in my book, I don’t stop until I hit four pages. Sometimes I throw it all out. But often there’s at least something that makes it into the book.”

So I sat down and wrote out a few new lead ideas that could be used in future articles or promos. When I finished my 1,000 words, I felt victorious.

Then, I popped over to the AWAI Article Archive to see what we have on the topic of writer’s block. I figured it was a challenge you may face from time to time too.

I came across quite a few things, but felt that these three articles really provided a lot of great tips.

The first is a list of 14 tips for banishing writer’s block by Don Mahoney that are very useful if you hit writer’s block when writing a promotion.

The next one, by Dan Kennedy, gives you three ways to be proactive so you don’t get writer’s block in the first place.

And then the last one is written by AWAI Member Cela DeLaRosa. She gives you a trick for breaking through writer’s block that I had never heard before, but am going to give a shot next time it strikes.

Keep these pieces handy for the next time you are hit with writer’s block. And if you have any tips of your own, post them here.

Tomorrow I’m going to share with you a way to turn this writing habit you’re forming into a business this year …

I figure if we’re writing every day … why not make a little money from it?

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Published: January 2, 2013

3 Responses to “Feeling Stuck?”

  1. Hi Rebecca:
    My writer's block comment is this: (I am really not a paid writer yet but I sure have studied a lot) If I want to write something that won't come I go back to January 1 of the year I am in and start writing about everything that happened to me and listing everything that has happened in my life whether it matches anything or not. By the time I get a ways thins start to organize in my mind and I can then write someting worthwhile. I am doing this with my each day writing assignment and it helps me get my word count


  2. I don't have any tips but instead of writing copy I wrote some song lyrics. I found it to be an interesting exercise as even though I wasn't specifically pointing my writing at showing off a product or service, the words I did write were very much about a subject near and dear to my heart and where I would very much like to have my writing career go. So maybe I do have advice after all... A poem, a song, a somewhat silly story may indeed have relevance. Don't hold back just let it flow and see where it takes you.

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