Ahhh — writer’s block. The scourge of writers and entrepreneurs everywhere.
There’s so much you need to get done — and yet, nothing is being accomplished.
It’s a horrible feeling.
So, before I get into some ways of overcoming writer’s block, I want to start with how I personally view writer’s block. You see, I don’t actually think it’s something that is necessarily bad. I think it’s actually trying to help me.
How so? Well, if I’m really blocked on something, it’s likely because there’s something wrong with what I’m trying to write. For instance:
• I may not have not information and I need to do some more research.
• This may not be the project I’m supposed to be working on. This project may be better suited either being delegated or simply, not done at all.
Writer’s block is a message — a way of communicating with me there’s a problem with what I’m trying to do.
Now, writer’s procrastination is a whole other kettle of fish. Writer’s procrastination is me simply not feeling like writing and doing everything I can to waste a bunch of time.
Writer’s procrastination definitely needs its butt kicked to the curb.
So, how do you get through Writer’s Procrastination? Here are a couple of things to try:
- Set your timer for 10 minutes and tell yourself you’re going to write for 10 minutes and stop. And then start writing. It doesn’t matter what. You can write I don’t know what to write for 10 minutes over and over. What will likely happen is after 10 minutes, something kicks in in your brain and you’ll keep going. For whatever reason, it’s the getting started is the biggest problem — sort of like an object that is in motion, stays in motion? So, in most cases, you’ll get to 10 minutes and you’ll want to keep working. But, if you don’t want to keep working, then stop. It’s as simple as that.
- Create a writing ritual for yourself. I detail this in my “Love-Based Copywriting System” book, but a writing ritual can really help shift your brain that now is time to write. I do things like light candles, choose music, maybe do a little meditation or review my notes. Everyone is different but having a writing ritual can really help you overcome writing procrastination.
I share a few more tips in my video below — take a moment to watch now:
(Wondering exactly how you can get everything you want simply by flipping your perspective? Check out the first episode here.)
If you liked this episode, you may also like my Love-Based Copy books: Love-Based Copywriting Method and Love-Based Copywriting System, both available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and other online retailers.