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A Cure for Writer’s Block — Part I

It’s a malady every writer experiences from time to time. The words just won’t come. It’s the dread, dare I say it…Writer’s Block. You’re stuck and you know it. But what to do?

We’re writers. Most of the time when we write, the words flow, sometimes easily, sometimes only after some thought. However, they continue to flow. Yet, every once in a while, we find ourselves looking at a blank page or, in my case, a blank computer screen, and there’s nothing. Not one word and after a few days of this, panic sets in.

What if I am never able to write another word again? What if everything I’ve ever written is all there is? Who am I if I’m not writing? Talk about sheer, unadulterated terror grabbing you by the throat and squeezing the river of words dry. It’s enough to send me to the beach.

Hey, that’s it. Sometimes you just gotta get away from it all. In our home, when the going gets tough, the tough ones go to the beach. Or maybe hiking in the woods is your thing. Or camping in the desert. You get the idea.

When you truly are stuck and can’t get unstuck, you may need to try a change of scenery. Even if that change is only a 15-minute walk around the block or the company parking lot. I fondly recall several times I puzzled my clients by walking around their company’s parking lot, even in winter, because there was no place else but the nearby highway to walk. Those were the times when I just couldn’t wrap my mind around the complexity of some high-technology product and its accompanying documentation.

Naturally, I prefer to walk in the woods, along the shore, or even in my own neighborhood. However, just the act of getting outside into the fresh air and doing something physical often is enough to refresh my mental neurons and help me sit down and write.

This is the first of several ways to cure writer’s block. As I compile the various methods I use, I will share them with you.

Dip your pen into the Writers Inkwell and let us know how you cure writer’s block.

Write On With Confidence!

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Practicing What I Teach

Have you ever had one of those days when you can’t write what you’re supposed to be writing? The kind of day when the words just won’t come. No creativity. And you start to panic. . .

The other day I was telling a friend that I just couldn’t finish a chapter in my latest book. The words, the thoughts just weren’t there. I told my friend that when I teach my Writing for Publication class, it’s so easy. I started to say, ” I teach my students how to use The Professional” and Oops! I realized where I was going wrong.

“I think I just got the answer to my dilemma,” I laughed, then continued. “I need to practice what I teach.” You see, in my class, Writing for Publication, I teach my students how to use The Professional Writers Secret Weapon. This Secret Weapon is so amazing because when writers use it, their article, book, newsletter, whatever they are writing, practically writes itself. Honest!

I’ve been teaching this class for nearly 15 years and every student who correctly uses and applies the Professional Writers Secret Weapon not only has reported back to me that they’ve sold what they wrote. They’ve each confirmed that what they were writing practically wrote itself.

If you’re curious about The Professional Writers Secret Weapon? Check out my online Writing for Publication class right now. You don’t want to miss a thing.

But back to that last chapter. It’s finished and the book is ready for publication. It’ the Business of Freelancing and it’s available to you, my readers, at the Writers Inkwell store.

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Writing for a Living

Most writers have second jobs.

That’s right. The majority of people who claim to be writers do something other than write to earn the bulk of their income. Why? Because writing is a tough business. Didn’t I write that before, in an earlier post? It really is.

Not only that. So many people aspire to be writers that the competition is fierce, so employers (or clients) can pick and choose who they hire for a job or a freelance project. Consequently, because so many people want to be writers, the pay is incredibly low. Except for the Jackie Collins and Steven Kings of the writing world or technical writers who generally earn a higher income thanks to the expertise they bring to a high-demand profession.

There are a lot of options, if you’re interested in being a technical writer. Think of a product, any product. Now contact that manufacturer to find out if they’re hiring. Someone has to write and format the user guide.

So dip your pen into the Writers Inkwell and

Write On With Confidence!

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What Do You Do All Day?

My neighbors have a bet going about me. They want to know what I do all day. They find it difficult to believe that anyone can really earn a living without going to “someplace” other than home.

The little old ladies can’t understand why I don’t have time to listen to their rheumatism stories for hours on end. The little old men want to know why I’m not tending my garden. And the working mothers are angry because they think I stay home all day and watch soap operas.

I recently learned that they have a running bet going and the first one to find out what I “really” do all day, that is, how I earn my income, wins.

So whenever I am outside, if one of my neighbors sees me, they head over and start asking questions. “How’s it going?” “What have you been working on?” “Who did you say you work for?” “Doesn’t your boss get upset with you taking so many days off?” “What does a writer do anyway?” “Do you fix computers? Mine is acting kind of funny. Maybe you could take a look at it?” And my two favorites, “Tell me the truth. What do you really do for a living?” “Do you have an inheritance?”

I guess in every neighborhood you have to have somebody the neighbors can talk about. In my neighborhood, I seem to be it.

I must confess that I somewhat like being the mysterious neighbor. It rather adds to the romantic notions that people attach to being a writer.

So, what do you do all day?

Dip your pen into the Inkwell and let us know.

Write On With Confidence!

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Writing—Not for the Faint of Heart

Writing is a tough profession. The writer’s life is a solitary one, pursued by the writer, alone with his mind, imagination, and the blank slate of paper or computer screen on which he crafts his work.

Sure, writers interview people and talk with editors and proofreaders and sometimes even photographers. Still, the bulk of a writer’s work occurs in solitude—when the writer is crafting the article, book, or document he was hired to write or is trying to sell.

Since humans are social beings by nature, writing as a profession is one that only a hardy few pursue with earnest. Even writers who work on staff at magazines and newspapers know that theirs is a solitary pursuit because, when their deadline approaches, everything comes down to them sitting down and writing, alone, in their office or cubicle. No interruptions. No conversations. Just the writer, that blank slate, and his ability to craft something his editor will publish.

No, the writing life is not for the faint of heart. You must feel so passionate about writing that you don’t care about the solitude.

So dip your pen into the Inkwell and get started.

Write On With Confidence!

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