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Tips for Overcoming Writers Block

Updated on July 14, 2009

Writing is a fun activity, but it can sometimes become difficult if you don't have the right approach. Organizing your work and have the right mindset can make a huge difference in your output as a writer.

Over the years, every writer has developed a set of techniques that work best for him. Some of these techniques have work for most people, and some others are very particular, but could also be interesting from time to time.

What most writers experience as a writing block has too do with several factors. Most of these factors are psychological, and have to do more with the way the writer interacts with his work, and the routine he follows in his or her job.

To overcome writers block, you need to address some of these psychological issues. Here are some ideas about how to improve your writing work that might be useful to most writers.


Use a do it now approach

The main idea of a do-it-now approach is that if there is something that works for you, you should do it now. It also means that if you want to do something interesting, you need to write it down and just stop thinking about it. In fact, when it comes to writing, thinking later is better than thinking earlier, because you can create more without the requirements of a plan.

There are many things that can be done if you apply yourself to the task. You just need to make your mind about what you want to do and start in the task as soon as possible. Don't wait until you are ready!

About planning your work

 Planning is important for everyone, especially when you are determine the higher level topics you want to write about.

However, when determining what you want to do, it is always advisable to write first. A computer gives you the great opportunity to write with easy. You can put your ideas in your preferred text editor without problems, and it is so easy to edit that is just fun to do it.

Use your writing as a plan an as a first step towards a working draft. Use you ideas freely and you will be much more productive.

Stop the external barriers

Do not spend time with other computer-related activities. Despite the great usefulness of computers, this is one of their dangers.  They make it so easy to do things, some time fun activities, that you quickly become lost in the sea of opportunities.

When using the computer, use it for what you really want, which is to create you writing project. The best way to do this is to go directly to the problem. Instead of loading your web browser or other program, try to load directly your preferred text editor and use it to write what you want. It is the best way to keep productive in the middle of the distractions.

For me, what works is calling MS Word and putting it in full screen mode. In this mode it is easy to concentrate in the document you are writing, and writing becomes so easy.

Overcoming procrastination

A very useful technique is to find pieces of your work that you can quickly work on. One of the most difficult things when you are working on a large project is to find something to do that is not boring.

Everything may look big and difficult at the beginning. The proper way to avoid this kind of problem is breaking down your activities. You need to find subtasks that can facilitate your advance on the project, until you are able to finish the task.

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing. These tips would come in handy :D

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