You Too Can Beat Writer’s Block

November 26, 2008 – 12:39 pm

Most people can easily identify with the dreaded “writer’s block”. It is a well-known phenomenon that just about everyone has faced at one point in their lives.I used to suffer from writer’s block, big time! Thus, I know through personal anguish and suffering, that it is definitely not a pleasant experience.
Especially when the due date for one’s project or paper is getting closer by the day, and the boss asks you “how’s that project going” every time you don’t manage to avoid him/her when you’re sneaking down the corridor.
For my 7 Secrets For Beating Writer’s Block, keep reading…

It’s important to understand that writer’s block is fear-based.
Writer’s block is a fear-based feeling. For whatever reason, many of us have this incredible fear of committing ourselves in writing whenever we are faced with a blank page or computer screen.
Fear no longer! I’m here to tell you that writer’s block can be beaten!
Just realizing that writer’s block is really an irrational fear that keeps us from putting pen to paper is half the battle. It’s actually a fear of the unknown, often coupled with a fear of failure.
We secretly wonder just what exactly is going to come out of this pen/keyboard, and when it does, will we be revealing some kind of incompetent idiot who doesn’t know what they’re talking about?
On the other hand, if we have done the proper preparation, our rational mind knows that we can do it just like we did it all of those other times before.
Unfortunately, fear often wins the day when it comes to writing.
As I stated above, I suffered from writer’s block for many years and it was not the most enjoyable of experiences. Below are my personal hard-earned practical secrets for overcoming writer’s block:
The 7 Secrets For Beating Writer’s Block

Fortunately, somewhere along the way I did manage to develop a few tricks to overcome writers block. Some are obvious, others are not.

1. Don’t Write Too Soon
Before trying to write, it is important to prepare mentally for a few hours or days (depending on the size of the task) by mulling the writing project over in the back of your mind. (Just as athletes don’t like to peak too soon, writers shouldn’t write too soon either!).

2. Do The Preparation
Read over whatever background material you have so that it is fresh in your mind. I read through all background material carefully marking important points with a yellow hi-liter and then review it all before I start to write.

3. Develop A Simple Outline
Before sitting down to write, put together a simple point-form list of all of the key points you want to cover, and then organize them in the order in which you are going to cover them. (I know, I know… your Grade 6 teacher told you the same thing… but it actually does work).

4. Keep Research Documents Close By
When you sit down to write, make sure that all of your key background materials are spread out close at hand. This will allow you to quickly refer to them without interrupting the writing flow once you get going. I keep as many of the source documents as possible wide open, and within eyesight for quick and easy reference when I’m writing something.

5. Just Start Writing
Yes, that’s exactly what you do. Once you have prepared mentally and done your homework you are ready to write, even if your writer’s block is saying “no”. Just start writing any old thing that comes to mind. Go with the natural flow. In no time at all you will get into a rhythm, and the words will just keep on flowing.

6. Don’t Worry About the First Draft
Once the words start to flow, don’t worry about making it perfect the first time. Remember, it’s your first draft. You will be able to revise it later. The critical thing at the outset is to write those thoughts down as your mind dictates them to you.

7.. Work From An Example Or Template
Get an actual sample of the type of document that you need to write. It could be something that you wrote previously, or it could be something from an old working file, or a clipping from a magazine article, or a sales brochure you picked up. As long as it is the same type of document that you are writing. Whatever it is, just post it up in your line of sight while you are working. You’ll be amazed at how it helps the words and ideas flow. The main thing is to have an example to act as a sort of visual template.

In my experience this last one is the ultimate secret for overcoming writer’s block.

In fact, this last tip is so important that I have built ALL of my writing help products around sample templates that I call “real-life templates”. Using those templates, coupled with my step by step “template adaptation method” will virtually eliminate writer’s block in any kind of day to day practical writing situation.

To see ALL of my writing help products that include these real-life templates go to the following link.

  1. 8 Responses to “You Too Can Beat Writer’s Block”

  2. Just HAD to say that you had some great suggestions for beating writer’s block-because you are so right-we ALL get it sometime or another.

    By Kristi Sayles on Nov 26, 2008

  3. Shaun
    Your post came to me just int the right time. I have just started sumitting articles and now I want to launch a blog and an E-zine and block is something that happens too frequently. And I know that the most important reason is fear and insecurity because I know I don’t have a bakcground and besides English is not my mother tongue, but I really want to comunicate to tell people what is going on what other people are doing. I really like that but fear makes me procrastinate,nevertheless I keep on trying and think that writing is the best way to overcome it and hope that I could launch the blog and the ezine as soon as possible.
    Thank you very much for the information I have received from you for many years. This is the first time I make a comment and perhaps because I’m thinking about my projects and I ‘m trying to overcome fears I’m wrting to you. At least just a short comment is a signal that what you are doing doesn’t not stay pending in the cyber space and that your work helps and supports. Thank you

    By Analia on Nov 26, 2008

  4. I hope I will learn to conquer my fear of writer block.

    By Katherine Dobin on Nov 26, 2008

  5. Thank you for these tips on overcoming writers blocks. My office work entails much writing but i do not enjoy it some of the time because of this problem. There is no doubt that the tips will help me to overcome the problem. I believe that i will even start writing for the dailies. Thank you once again.

    By GLORY ONOJEDO on Nov 27, 2008

  6. It’s a seminal topic . Mr Shaun ,you don’t know how a great job you are doing for us as a young are appreciated..

    By keysar on Dec 7, 2008

  7. Thanks for the writing tips, Mr. Shaun. I am so sorry for delaying to put my comment; I was out of country since first week of December. My work requires many writing skills, and I am happy to benefit from your writing blog which is great to use and learn and apply to my daily writing at work. Thank you once again , I wish all of you happy New Year.
    Mariam Hussain

    By Mariam Hussain on Jan 19, 2009

  8. Dear Mr Shuan
    Thank you very much for providing such kind of letter writing tips. I hope it will help me to improve my writing skill.
    Buddhi Sagar

    By Budddhi Sagar on Jan 27, 2009

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