Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Combat Writers Block Tips

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Many of my readers are bloggers but even if you aren't I am sure you have dealt with writers block from time-to-time. Well, I had seen several bloggers lately that openly admit that they are dealing with such. I thought that this would be a perfect week to unravel how to overcome writers block.
The first thing that you need to do is figure out your topic. This is where writer’s block usually comes in. You can have tons of inspiration to write, you just don’t know what to write about.

The best thing that you can do is to buy a journal, notebook/pad. As I am sure many of you as bloggers know that this is an essinal. If you don’t have one already, I would suggest getting one. Any thought, idea or topic can be written—handwritten—down. The cool thing is that stores sell them in tons of sizes so there is always a tiny one you can carry with you when you are out-n-bout. But just maybe writing by hand isn't for you… Most phones, even cheep ones, have a notepad (usually in the tools section of your phone). If anything you can always text or email the idea to yourself so that you never lose it.  Writing down your idea or thought will be the best way to help. What is really cool is that you that by writing it down, you can always have it saved for later so that you could use it for those moments when you need it the most (like when you have writer block…).
 Wither you keep a journal or not, it can still be hard coming up with general topic or direction. This just the idea of what you want to talk about. I think that most people get stuck at this point because they are unsure where they want to go. 

Here are a few general topics or directions that you can talk about:
·   Your day/week/month
·   Book/article review
·   Movie/show/Youtube you watched
·   A memory
·   An object in your house
·   Something special
·   Fashion/Beauty tips
·   Blogging experience/tips
·   Gossip on Celebrates
·   Goals
·   Decor/House/Apartment
·   DIY/Crafts
·   Your collections of ____

After this figuring out you topic or direction, you need to narrow it down. The best method is by writing down you general topic on the top of at the page (digitally or physically) and writing under it a list of sub-topics, or things that this topics makes you think about. Once you get your list going and it’s pretty long you can figure it out usually from there but if not list your sub-topic on the top of another page and do it all over again. Example:

Lastly, always be yourself! I love reading blogs that are open, honest and true. Nothing grabs me more to a blog then a heartfelt post. Even if you can’t find something to write about being true about that is always a good place to start.

Here is a lady that can help with a journal/notebook:
Hi everyone! I’m Stephanie from Shades of Color Art blog and store. Shades of Color Art is an online store where I sell my original abstract paintings and handmade notebooks. It all started from my passion of color. I’ve always collected notebooks and one day decided to create one from scratch combining it with my art. Now, I offer original abstract paintings on notebooks, and personalized notebooks. Having my customers be involved in the creative process, make the notebooks special and unique for them. This is what I love the most. I started selling to my friends and family, until September 2012 that I decided to create my own online store and opened an Etsy shop too. I’m excited for this new journey and to be able to collaborate with other creatives like me.

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What does your handwriting look like? What do you do for writers block?
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P.S. If enough feed is generated on this post I will do a follow up with more tips


Stephanie @ Shades of Color Art said...

Great tips Cody! I'm sure everyone has gone through this writers block.

becca said...

great tips I do this for my poems and short fictions it's a life saver some of my best work has happen in waiting rooms of dr offices

Cody Doll said...

Thank you soo much!

Cody Doll said...

I know how you feel. I could be sitting somewhere random and get an idea for something and I have to write it down because then it gets pushed to the back of my head and then forgotten.