How to Write and Overcome Writers Block
Being able to write and writing beautiful things are such a blessing and such a wonderful talent. To have the ability to express the common of things in the most exquisite way, to make a dull color bright without adding a new coat of paint. The power of words has no limit, no end and no borders. Writing is an everlasting gong that will echo forever past the age of man and unto the end of time. One of the best witness to the power of writing is the Bible. Authors who were given the word of God many centuries ago, have expressed those words in different ways in this book. Writing is the power of words manifested on paper, so those words can continue to influence and educate even when those writers are long gone. Words shall live forever.
Where is the Inspiration?
Many writers are inspired in many different ways. Writers can be inspired based upon location. Inspiration comes based upon where they work, play, eat etc. Some writers are inspired by just the basic life journeys. Anything can be an inspiration to a good writer, from an orange sitting on an old dusty table to a rare bird discovered in the earth core! What it all boils down to is imagination and expression.
Never ever try to force your writing, if you are less inspired and you force yourself to write, your less inspiration will put out a lesser or crappy quality of work which will eventually hurt your career presently and in the long wrong. If today you feel less inspired, relax, take a break, go fishing. You will find that inspiration works best when it finds you and not when you go seeking it.
Choosing Your Topic and Tone
Not all things written are going to be fun and exciting. Some writings will be down right boring, dull, yet very informative. There are many talented writers who can put a twist into a boring and dull article and squeeze a few grins here and there out of it. But as a writer, when we choose our topics, we should analyze the seriousness of the topic and then plan which tone the topic will be written in. Yes, all writings do have a tone, some authors will always write in a plain tone. While other colorful writers can manipulate a subject and change the tone when it needs to be changed.
What Genre Works For You
In the writing world, there are so many different genres and sub-genres. Some examples of genres that has a host of sub-genres is Relationship, Finance, Politics, Religion, Automobile, Gardening and the list continues. What are you mostly inspired about and which topic do you have a vast amount of knowledge in should be your starting point. It is very difficult to write heart felt articles on subjects that do not interest you, you have no zest nor zeal for, and worst, do not understand the subject. You owe it to your readers and to yourself to put out quality work.
What type of writer you are or want to become depends on what you write, who you write for, and the subjects you write about.
Pulling the Readers
There are billions of readers online that have interest in various subjects. Your style of writing and your tone and genres selected will determine the type of followers and readers that you pull. People look for real and genuine writing, whether it be of a comical tone, serious or plane. You are the one in control of what you write and should never let the mass determine your writing and persuasions. As a writer, you are also a teacher and thus need to teach your audience and sometimes lead them.
A Place of Tranquility
No, its not what it sounds like, i have not kicked the bucket yet. There are places and times which allow the brain to be more relaxed and calm which allows for a better writing experience. Some great writers have even getaway places that allow them the peace and tranquility to express themselves and let their ideas and emotions soar. Pick a beautiful place somewhere that has little or no distraction and let your thoughts engulf you. How beautiful it would be if all writers could afford to have a nice secluded cabin in the country area with fast internet access? The clouds would be the writers bed and seat.
Although, one may argue that places of tranquility might deter your inspiration to write as nothing is in fact happening around you. Some writers enjoy lots and lots of activity to get their writing adrenaline pumping, whether it be at the beach and just observing people or in a bar where a hot political topic is being fiercely discussed.
The Common Stages of Writing
The Writer Process
Pre-writing is the first stage of the writing process, pre-writing may include planning, research, outlining, diagramming, story-boarding or clustering. Get your ideas together and organize them. This also helps in the correct flow of your writing.
Draft Writing: Use the information gathered from the pre-writing stage. Organizing you content and putting you choice of words together for good sentence fluency. Drafting simple means work that needs to be looked over. Once you have gathered all your great ideas on a topic and you start organizing them on screen. Now you begin to feel like a carpenter with wood. Wood by itself is just a draft of the potential of the wood, as it can be transformed into something beautiful by the carpenter. This is the same analogy with words. As words sitting by themselves has little meaning, but placed together beautifully by an amazing writer can bring heaven down on earth.
Revision: Make clarifications, reorganize and refine your content so it flows. Cut out any unnecessary wordings, this process is where most of the refining takes place.
Editing: Step back from your text a while, there are some errors that are grammatically correct but unprofessional in writing. There are also content that probably should or shouldn't be in the writing and those tuning are done at this stage. Editing can involve extensive rewriting of sentences, but it usually focuses on sentences or even smaller elements of the text.
Publish:The writer prepares a document to be distributed to an audience. How the document reaches the audience is another thing, but that is up to the author and publisher.
It Takes Blood, Sweat and Tears, Plus Many Water and Oats Nights
If you want to become a writer, you have to be in it for the long haul. If you are lucky, you can make a big break quite easily, but that is if you are lucky. Luck plays its own little role in some authors becoming successful mixed with of course the many needed qualities, such as imagination, determination, patience, etc. Let me explain. There are thousands of extremely good writers that know the inner and outer workings of writing a best selling book or article. They know how to promote and encourage audience to their writing, but many never make a red cent. They may even have even been writing for years. Now this fresh sparkling writer comes along, fresh with the same ideas as any other writer, publishes several articles and WHAM! he is the new writing sensation. Everything is about timing, the right connections. Timing of the readers is something you may not have full control over, but sometimes it just takes one lucky tweet and then you have it made.
But you can still achieve success by practicing and encouraging quality work, make your writing Search Engine Optimized (SEO) friendly. Publish to the right groups in social media, submit to article submission sites and directories, add you web page to Google and Bing for indexing. Promote your work with even pamphlets. You have to be willing to sweat a little to earn a little. Once you make your name, bread will be on the table.
Media Published On
Who says you can't have your cake and eat it whole? You can have your writing published both online and offline and receive different commissions for the same work. So you have a digital contract and a hard print contract. One company may want exclusive rights to your digital prints also, but that's up to you to decide. Digital prints tend to have a further reach than hard copies and sometimes has better earning potential than hard copy.
That Wall In front of You
What Blocks The Writer?
You keep on writing but your ideas are crappy and of no standard, you cannot come up with enough information, your imagination sinks to hell and the devil read your writing and it and kicked it back up to you. You want to write, you need to write, but you just can't write. You have just been diagnosed with "Writers Block". I have some cure for this virus that don't need any medication.
- Never ever force the issue, if you have nothing in head to put to paper, take a break, rest and return.
- Go read someone else's work and enjoy it. Read something exciting that may trigger the inspirational side of the brain.
- Take a walk in the park or go ride a bike. Free your mind and let more energy flow in.
- Get some sleep, start fresh.
- If you have any, read your own published work, inspire yourself.
Writing is a wonderful thing, and without writers the world would not have been where it is today. People wake up and look forward to reading a book, a poem, a short story, an article from their favorite authors. Information and inspiration is what the world wakes up to, and that my friend, lies within the hands of the Author. Happy writing.
© 2014 Clive Williams