limousine airport Union Pier ... Chicago Drug testing

Writers Block Begone

Back when I was in college, I belonged to one of those professional associations for the video industry. (I was a student member.) The monthly newsletter had a column called "Writer's Block." Although called Writer's Block, no one ever wrote about this mysterious and debilitating condition. So, finally, one day I decided to tackle the subject.

I don't remember much about the article except it seemed to be about eating chocolate, taking walks and not doing much writing (it was supposed to be tongue in cheek). I don't think it turned out as successful as I had hoped.

Anyway, my point is this -- while I still eat lots of chocolate and take lots of walks, I've also been forced to wrestle with that particular nightmare many a time. And in those wrestling matches, I've learned a few moves that might help you in your own struggles.

First, I've come to view writer's block as a friend more than an enemy. Okay, maybe friend is too strong. An ally. (Okay, maybe he's a really mean ally, but an ally all the same.)

Writer's block isn't about the writing. Writer's block isn't telling you you can't write or you'll never write again or you'll never have another idea again. Writer's block is telling you something else is wrong, and you need to deal with that something before you can get down to the business of writing.

Now, when I say writer's block, what I'm talking about is the inability to write. You have no idea where to start, no idea where the project is going, or maybe you have no ideas at all. That's true writer's block, not to be confused with writer's procrastination. Writer's procrastination is when you know what you want to be writing (or should be writing) yet you've somehow lost the ability to sit in a chair and type. Oh, but you can still check e-mail. And surf the Web. And lots of other tasks that have nothing to do with the writing project you should be doing. But try and start that project -- you'll just fall right off that chair.

I've had more than my share of encounters with that particular fellow as well, and I'm planning to share tips on beating writer's procrastination in future issues. (Trust me, you need to beat writer's procrastination. He is the enemy and he's evil.)

But writer's block is different. Writer's block says there's a problem. Writer's block says you haven't researched this project enough or you haven't thought this through enough or you're missing crucial information. Maybe your approach is all wrong. Maybe you should be writing a Web site and not a brochure for your business. Maybe you're trying to force a book-sized idea into an article-sized container and it just doesn't fit.

If your ideas have suddenly dried up, maybe writer's block is telling you to take it easy. You've been working too hard -- you need to take time and recharge your creative batteries. Or maybe you haven't dealt with some old hurt or anger and you need to take some time and deal with that block.

Writer's block also might be telling you the project is all wrong for you. (Although be careful with the last one -- writer's procrastination is a wonderful mimic and he might be trying to slip something past you.)

When I'm stuck, the first thing I do is get away from the computer. I take a walk, jump in the shower (I get a lot of great ideas in the shower) or eat some chocolate. (Some things never change.) I think about the project. I review my notes. I analyze what I'm doing. And I ask myself questions. Do I have all the information I need? Should I do more research? Is my approach right? Have I thought this project through enough?

Sometimes I can spot the problem in a few minutes. Sometimes it takes a few days. But always, without fail, I've discovered writer's block was right. There WAS a serious problem with the project. A fatal flaw in the foundation -- a weakness in the structure. Eventually, it would have collapsed.

And by stepping in, your writer's block stopped that from happening.

Creativity Exercises -- Make friends with writer's block

I realize this might be a scary exercise for some of you, especially if you're in the throes of writer's block (and I've been there -- I know how terrifying it is) but that's all the more reason to do this.

Now, when I say make friends with your writer's block, I'm not talking about inviting it to move in and existing in a permanent blocked state. What I'm talking about is a way to put writer's block in its rightful place -- where it uses its talents to help and not harm you.

Take a few moments and thank your writer's block. Thank it for all the times it blocked you. Tell it you know it was trying to help you and you appreciate it.

Whatever you do, DON'T fear your writer's block. You give it too much power if you fear it. Power corrupts. You don't want to corrupt your writer's block, you want it to do its job -- helping you craft the best writing pieces you can.

If you're in the middle of a bad case of writer's block, try asking your writer's block what the problem is. Why won't it let you start that project or what happened to your ideas? Do it as a journaling exercise or a meditation. You may be amazed at what it tells you.

Michele Pariza Wacek owns Creative Concepts and Copywriting, a writing, marketing and creativity agency. She offers two free e-newsletters that help subscribers combine their creativity with hard-hitting marketing and copywriting principles to become more successful at attracting new clients, selling products and services and boosting business. She can be reached at http://www.writingusa.com

In The News:

A new device developed at the University of Florida provides protection from mosquitoes for members of the U.S. military, requiring no heat, electricity or skin contact.
Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson provides his five best home-delivery grocery apps to make shopping easier, and hopefully save money. Some apps offer different features.
A digital photo frame lets you share your most coveted moments with loved ones, and would be a memorable gift for Valentine's Day. Here are the best frames.
Everyone should be safe no matter where they go. Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson lists some of the best tech for your personal protection whether you're out or at home.
Amazon has bumped up its prices for members using its Amazon Fresh grocery service, tacking an additional fee onto the existing membership fee. Here's why.
An American Airlines passenger said Monday that his wallet was still missing following an attempt to track it using an Apple AirTag device. The AirTag had flown to 35 cities.
Toilet paper can be very costly nowadays. Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson shows you how you could save money at the store by purchasing a high-tech toilet instead.
Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson has the answers you need in order to speed up your internet connection and make sure your WiFi network is secure. Follow these tips.
Three activity-tracking apps on your Android could be scamming you by promising money through advertisements but never paying you. Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson explains.
San Francisco authorities wrote earlier this month to the California Public Utilities Commission asking to slow the expansion of Cruise and Waymo robotaxi services.
iPhone and Android users can customize their keyboards in their settings in order to create the unique texting experience that they want to curate. Here's how.
Staying warm in cold weather is as easy as the switch of a button. Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson shows you the best wearable tech to keep you warm throughout winter.
Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson outlines his top do's and don'ts of using your phone when charging so you can preserve as much battery on your smartphone as possible.
The orange and green dots you see at the top of your iPhone screen are enhanced security precautions as a result of the new security update for IOS 14 or better.
Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson shows you how to delete embarrassing autofill entries across multiple devices and operating systems to secure your privacy.
Flying can be stressful, but Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson's helpful tips to finding the best seat on your flight can help ease some of your air travel worries.
Scammers are always out looking for their next victims. Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson helps you to watch out for Medicare scammers looking to steal your money from you.
Different people need different types of coffee makers. Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson lists the top 10 coffee makers with various features to fit your coffee needs.
Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson shows which iPhones are in the Apple battery price hike starting March 1 and how you can find out whether your phone needs a new battery.
When was the last time you checked your computer’s available storage? Too much clutter slows everything down. Here’s some quick tips on fixing your computer's storage.

Publish Article

If you've spent any time online trying to promote your... Read More

5 Simple Ways To Get Ideas For Awesome Articles!

1. Participate in chat rooms related to your targeted audience.... Read More

4 Effective Content Writing Tips

Writing for websites -- content, as it is called --... Read More

Writing Articles, But Still Not Getting Traffic? Your Articles Suck ? But I Can Help! (Part 2)

Last time on "Because your articles suck" ? we discussed... Read More

Lots of Extra Money Waiting to be Made from Writing $5 Articles

There is probably no easier way of earning extra money... Read More

Writing Articles To Build Your Online Presence - A Beginners Guide

One of the most effective (and free!) ways to get... Read More

Articles and Internet Branding: 5 Steps to Success

Are you ready to become an internet marketing expert? Are... Read More

Do I Really Need To Write Articles For E-zines?

When I was first advised to start writing articles, this... Read More

Secrets About Freelance Writing They Dont Want You To Know

The first step to getting published is to find your... Read More

Build Better Link Popularity with Syndicated Articles

There are many schools of thought on how to build... Read More

Article Marketing: Free Speech Means Free Plugs for Your Business

Article marketing works like this. The majority of webmasters are... Read More

A Writers Glossary (Part Three)

Find definitions from Q to Z... ~~~~~~~~~~~ Q ~~~~~~~~~~~ Query... Read More

What is a Ghostwriter and How Can I Find One to Hire?

A ghostwriter, as one may think is not a writer... Read More

Article Writing: How to Sound Like the Expert You Are

You, too, can become a recognized expert in your specialized... Read More

Content and Articles to Improve Revenue

It is important for all webmasters to realize that if... Read More

Become An Expert

Everyone focuses their web marketing efforts on search engines, and... Read More

Adsense Authors: Who Are These People?

Adsense is a program designed by Google to help publishers... Read More

Article Marketing & Copywriting Secret: How To Make Your Article TITLE Sell

Most authors are wasting their time producing dozens to hundreds... Read More

Everything I Needed to Know About Article Writing I Learned from My English Teacher

By now you probably understand how important writing for trade... Read More

Guest Articles: Good for Some, Bad for Others

A recent debate started me thinking about how some marketing... Read More

Publishing: changing realities (IV)

How does a writing agency market itself effectively in a... Read More

Top Seven Tips for Writing Articles on the Internet

Online readers love information, but be sure your information is... Read More

Thought Leaders - Using Article Marketing To Entrench Yourself and Your Personal Brand

A "Thought Leader" is someone recognized as an authority in... Read More

Five Benefits of Article Writing

A few years ago as a webmaster with no money,... Read More

Visibility, Credibility and Position Through Articles and Celebrity Testimonials

A huge problem for many people who are working on... Read More

houck remodeling buffalo grove craftmasters remodeling antioch ...