Ten Mental Strategies To Help You Deal With Your Creativity Block So You Can Be More Productive

Bill Cole, MS, MA Founder and CEO William B. Cole Consultants Silicon Valley, California

Sometimes your writing mind does not seem to want to cooperate. It's as if you can't unlock your brain or defang your mental writing monsters. Writer's block wins. But it does not have to be like that. You have options. I've been helping writers get past writer's block for many years now, and here are some of the approaches I have seen work. I hope they help you too.

Because writers have various methods and styles for writing, a variety of reasons can cause writer's block. When you are blocked, consider trying one of these strategies to get the creative juices flowing again.

Write at different times of the day for variety, or write at the same time of the day for consistency. Write in a different location. Write a fast first draft, giving yourself permission to make plenty of mistakes. Start with lists and merge them into an article. Interview an expert for an article. Decide that the first draft will have at least five revisions, so there is no pressure to be perfect now. Write for only five minutes, and if you get on a roll, continue. If not, come back later.

Start writing anywhere within the project, not particularly at the start.

Write the part of the project that excites you most, first. That will give you energy to continue.

Write the summary or ending first, to give yourself a map for the rest of the project.

I have a toolkit of over 100 writer's block remedies I use with my clients. This list of ten is only a start. I suggest you come up with some sure-fire mental strategies that help you navigate writer's block so you can kick-start your creative energies in the right direction. See you in print!

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