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Using Writers Block

Updated on July 21, 2022

Brick Wall

There are times you look at a blank screen and your mind is just as blank. You want to write something, but the words do not come.

There are times something happened you want to turn into prose, times you have an opinion you wish to share, but only gibberish emits from the keyboard.

There are times when you are in the middle of a great piece of work and have no idea what comes next.

These are examples of what is called "Writer's Block" those minutes, hours, days, weeks in which composing a shopping list is beyond your ability.

Walk Away

The old advice is that when you encounter Writer's Block you walk walk away. You forget about writing and do anything else, from taking a walk to cleaning the bathroom. You don't write, you don't think about writing, you forget how to write.

The new advice is a bit more financial; that is; Network.

Most of us find it rather tawdry to write then 'pimp' our work on the various online venues. Usually we don't have time to waste going from site to site advertising our own work.

But when you encounter Writer's Block, you do.

You have all the time there is to go article by article, putting them on every possible site to grab eyes.


You have to Network to get the public's eye. Somehow you've got to get onto the Great Highway. And you do this by Networking.

There are a number of Networks out there, some better than others, some dead losses. You have to learn how to use them and how to use which ones for what kind of article.

There are message boards, social networks, forums discussing myriad topics. Find the one where your article fits. You can mention it in a post; "I just joined this site and was wondering what you guys think of....."

This only works well when you write under one name and join Networking sites under others. Hence "G.C. Foster" wrote this article. "Wolmers" is a member of the Forum posting the link. As long as no one connects Foster with Wolmers, thinking they are separate people, you're safe.

To Emphasize; never join a Network under the same name you write; N E V E R. This is the instant; 'self-spammer' label.

Never use the same name to write on different sites.

In this way Wolmers can post links to G.C. Foster's articles, links to Mico s, links to Vauxhall, and amid thumbing up that cute puppy picture or that clever graphic, seems to be a user who has wide tastes.

The Best Networking Sites are, alas, gone. They actually paid for submissions. Now, many use Facebook, not that it pays them, but they should, hopefully, attract readers.

Having the public know about your writing is a good step.

Revisit and Review Your Work

Another useful action is to revisit items previously posted which aren't getting attention.

In some cases they are 'non-featured' in others you can see the flaws.

You may have written this article two years ago, thinking it was great, but now, with your enhanced skill, you see where you can make improvements.

As you go along, you will be inspired by your own work.

You will appreciate that you left out an important chunk of information or that you should refashion that paragraph, delete those words, etc.

You will often find yourself virtually rewriting an item, which becomes substantially different than it was when you first wrote it.

The key word, of course, is Writing.

You have used your own published work to re-inspire you... and maybe, earn money.

Further, your 'editing' may have provoked to write again on a topic. A totally different piece from a different perspective.

And there are; you're Writing!


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