There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block: 5 True and Tried Facts About Overcoming This Issue

Writer’s block is an excuse. It’s your way of finding a reason not to write, but guess what, you’re not fooling anyone. That’s not to say you won’t ever feel a little stuck, of course, you will. You’ll find yourself feeling like you’re slamming your head into a brick wall and like there’s no way around, over or through it.

You’re not alone. Every writer who has ever worked feels stuck at some point. Feeling stuck is just another piece of the writing process puzzle. That’s why we’ve compiled five true and tried methods to help you come unstuck.

5 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

  1. Step Away from the Keyboard and Do Anything Creative

We know writing itself is a creative process, but your brain needs the chance to explore other outlets. Step away from whatever you are writing and make a scrapbook, paint, or even build something. Spend time on another creative project for a couple of hours and then head back to your writing. When I’m stuck, I start a mosaic project, listen to my favorite music or just sit down with a book and switch off for a little while. Jumping to other activities activates my creativity. The secret is to keep exercising the creative part of your brain and eventually you’ll find your writing ideas come flowing back.

  1. Eliminate Distractions

Unplug the internet and turn off your phone. Tidy up your workspace while you’re at it since a cluttered desk can confuse the mind. Next, block off time just for writing. Ask everyone to honor your space so you can write for a couple of hours uninterrupted.

  1. Write Down Ideas as They Pop Up

Not being able to come up with an idea is a horrible feeling. The best way to overcome this form of writer’s block is to have plenty of ideas ready to go. Ideas pop up when you least expect it, and you should always rush to archive them. Use your smartphone to note ideas, or carry a notebook and pen everywhere you go.

  1. Be Far Enough Ahead to Work on Whatever You Want

Many writer’s report their writer’s block being a case of feeling stuck while working on a piece of writing. If you have more than one assignment you’re working on, be far enough ahead of your schedule that you can work on the project you feel most inspired by today. If you only have one type of project, try to diversify your writing responsibilities to avoid unnecessary writer’s block and increase your productivity. If you have to, create writing exercises for yourself – be it a blog, poetry, or any other niche you like working on.

  1. Don’t Dread the Deed

Writer’s block, or rather, writer’s excuses, are too often rooted in fear. You are scared that what you write won’t be good enough. It is a debilitating dread, but you can get past it by not allowing yourself the time to feel insecure. Just sit down and start writing, even if you’re not confident in your abilities. Time spent stalling is far better spent writing, even if you throw that first draft out. You’re probably already at your keyboard, so just get started!

That’s it, no more excuses! You’re at your keyboard right now, so feel free to share your ideas for overcoming writer’s block in the comments below, we look forward to reading them.

Be a Hypnotic Writer: What Words and Techniques to Use to Seduce Your Reader

You work hard to share your best tips. You spend hours editing and polishing your posts, not to mention wracking your brain for the perfect headline.

You take the time to promote your blogs on social media, build an email list, and write guest posts. But your hard work isn’t paying off, is it? You want more comments, shares, and engagement.

However, you can’t possibly work any harder. There is a smarter way, though, to engage your existing audience and entice them to start commenting and sharing.

Here’s the secret: readers want to be seduced. That means every headline, every paragraph, and every sentence needs to be irresistible.

8 Ways to Start Seducing Your Readers Right Now

  1. Get into Your Reader’s Head

What conversations are going on in your reader’s head? One of the best ways to have a meaningful conversation is to use the phrases your reader does; those are the magic words that will make your reader feel understood. When you empathize with a reader’s feeling, you get him to feel special and like the post was written just for him.

  1. Talk to Your Reader

You know when you speak to your best friends they listen, ask questions, and you can share a laugh? You can do the same thing with your readers by starting a conversation with them. It’s easy, too, simply use the word “you” and ask your readers questions.

  1. Tell a Story

Often, it’s the small stories we share with our friends that make conversing enjoyable, the ones about the little topics. You don’t always talk about your specialty areas, and if your blog only discusses your niche expertise, you come across as one-dimensional. Share tidbits about your personal life or interests, and you will instantly be more attractive to your readers.

Analogies and metaphors spice up your writing and can be drawn from your personal experience.

  1. Comforting Words

Put your arm around your reader’s shoulders and reassure him with phrases like, “it happens to us all,” or “we’ve been there.” It makes your reader feel validated.

  1. Get Readers Fired Up

When you talk to someone in person, you use body language and tone to express yourself. You can gesture, whisper, shout, grin, wink, and more. In your blog post, you only have words, so you need to turn up the passion and use powerful words, such as:

  • Gorgeous, instead of beautiful
  • Spine-tingling scary instead of frightening
  • Over the moon instead of happy
  1. Show Vulnerability

Nobody’s perfect, are they? Of course not. When you share your fears, worries, and weaknesses, you are in a better position to connect with readers because you become human to them.

  1. Create a Happy Picture

Readers won’t make an effort to read your posts, so you need to entice them. Sketch a happy picture right from your opening. Let them know you have a trick to make their life happier and enriched.

  1. Leave Them Wanting More

Most of us remember a few lines from a song, a nursery rhyme or even dialogue from our favorite movie. All of these phrases have something in common – they use poetic techniques like rhyming and repetition to make the words smoother, and more memorable.

If you want your readers to remember your words, borrow from poets. Those are the words that are going to linger and get your readers coming back for more poetic seduction.

Ready to Seduce Your Blog Audience?

Blogging is not one-way communication; you need to be able to start a conversation by luring your readers in and listening when they talk.

Take the time to get to know your readers and their frustrations. Treat them as well as you would your best friend and help them overcome their fears.

Light the candles, turn on the music, and pour the champagne. It’s time to sweep your readers off their feet.

A Writer’s Perspective: Writing Stories that Inspire and Enlighten

Our bigger sister site and blog recently published a parable on storytelling and the fate of content marketing in this fed-up-with-content internet world today. In reaction to that, we have put together a few thoughts about the art of storytelling today.

As a writer, you don’t always get to be a storyteller. Let’s face it. Most of us just write automatically things based on research they made online, to fulfill a client’s needs. To help them with their SEO results, to bring them forward in searches, to bring in more readers, more paying customers. When it comes to storytelling, though, there is need of more heart, more feeling, more thinking put in a piece. Even if it is still for a website, for a company, to help them sell.

If content isn’t really dead but revamped, then we must admit that the way online writing is done today has changed, has evolved. If you want, it has turned into something better, more constructive, more in line with what people want and need.

We are all fed up with all those articles telling us “how to” do anything. We still need those pieces, but at a deeper, more human level, we need to hear a story more. We want to be encouraged to think more, to create more, to add more meaning to our lives.

As writers, our skills should be put in service of this aim: to enlighten a world that is too busy, too stressed, too in a hurry. To take it from the darkest corners of self-sufficiency and bring it to the light of imagination and creation.

Here are a few thoughts on how to put together stories (even for brands and businesses) that can really make a difference.

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Let us know your thoughts. How do you try to change the world with your stories?

Writer’s Tips: How to Spot a Bad Client Before It’s Too Late

I’ve been freelancing for a long time, and I’ve had my share of awful clients. While most are passionate about what they do and confident about what I can bring to their business, there are a few rotten eggs.

Most of the time it’s obvious when a bad client comes along, but freelancers who are eager to work and create a portfolio often ignore the warning signs.

To make things a little easier, here are 4 warning signs to look out for.

  1. “I Have Lots of Work, But Here’s a Little to Start With.”

If a client comes to you with the promise of lots of work only to give you 1 or 2 articles, to begin with, chances are your experience with them isn’t going to be great. If the client claims to need 40 articles in the next 2 weeks and you’ve already negotiated your rates, why do they need just 1 to start with?

  1. “I’m More Concerned About Your Rates Than Your Results.”

If you’ve been going back and forth via email and still haven’t managed to agree on a price, or if the client spends hours with you on Skype just talking money, you should see a giant red flag. Based on my experience and those of fellow freelancers, I’ve realized the best clients aren’t concerned with fees, they care about quality.

  1. “But Other Writers Charge Less.”

If a client compares your work or rates to other writers, move on. How familiar does this conversation sound:

Client: what do you charge?

Freelancer: $50 for 1,000 words,

Client: Can we get that down to $20?

Freelancer: that’s my rate for this piece considering the research and format required and I always aim to get my clients results.

Client: I know other writers who can do this for much less. I just can’t work with you for $50.

The client then spends the next hour discussing your rates with no mention about the project or your abilities.

This client has little regard for your dedication and is taking up too much of your precious time trying to negotiate your rates when you could be working for someone more appreciative.

  1. “Anyone Can Write.”

When a client tells you you’re charging too much for something anyone can do, run! As a writer, your greatest asset is your feeling – about your worth, your abilities and how much value you can offer.

How a client treats you often depends on how much value they think they can get from you. If they think anyone can do it, why isn’t the client doing it himself?

Drop Those Bad Clients Right Now!

Some freelancers feel that getting a client to contact you is the most difficult part of generating business and as a result, you should retain every single client. But is it really worth it?

I think getting clients to contact you is the easy part; ensuring they’re a great match is much more challenging and something that could affect you negatively if proper precautions aren’t taken.

If any of your potential clients have the above traits, drop them now.

Have you been able to spot a bad client before getting involved in a project? How did you deal with them?