William B. Cole Consultants Peak Performance Solutions
Home 
Services:
    Executive Coaching  
    Interview Coaching  
    Sales Coaching
    Media & Presentation Coaching  
    Stress Management Coaching  
    Test Anxiety Coaching  
    Sport Psychology Coaching  
    Consulting 
    Speaking & Training 
For Meeting Planners 
Free Success Articles 
Mental Game Quiz 
Products 
About Us 
Clients & Testimonials 
Coaching FAQ 
Media Room 
    Bill Cole on TV, Film & Radio  
    Mental Game Radio Show  
    Press Releases  
Resources 
Legal Notices 
Site Map 
Contact Us 
Bill Cole was awarded the LinkedIn ProFinderís Best of 2017, for public speaking writing, coaching and consulting. The Best of 2017 badge signals best in class ranking on the LinkedIn platform. This recognizes the standout ProFinder professionals of the year.

Client Login



International Association of Coaches Founding Member
 
Mental Game Coach global alliances
 

Conquering Writer's Block - Ten Mental Strategies To Help You Deal With Your Creativity Block So You Can Be More Productive.    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. Here are ten mental strategies that can help you overcome writer's block.    304 words.
The Mental Game Coach, Peak Performance Playbook



Conquering Writer's Block

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.

  1. Write at different times of the day for variety, or write at the same time of the day for consistency.
  2. Write in a different location.
  3. Write a fast first draft, giving yourself permission to make plenty of mistakes.
  4. Start with lists and merge them into an article.
  5. Interview an expert for an article.
  6. Decide that the first draft will have at least five revisions, so there is no pressure to be perfect now.
  7. Write for only five minutes, and if you get on a roll, continue. If not, come back later.
  8. Start writing anywhere within the project, not particularly at the start.
  9. Write the part of the project that excites you most, first. That will give you energy to continue.
  10. 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!

Copyright © 2011- Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.


Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps organizations and professionals achieve more success in business, life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com), an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development, professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.

Free Re-Publishing Rights For This Article

You have our advance permission to republish this article, as long as you do not sell it. The author's name, web address (MentalGameCoach.com) and copyright notice (Copyright © Bill Cole, MS, MA) must appear in all reprinted articles. If the article appears on a website or in an e-zine, the article must include a link to a page in the MentalGameCoach website. We would also appreciate your including the author's bio and full contact information in your article, although this is not a requirement. For additional information, see our full article re-publishing permission guidelines.

Conquer Writer's Block  
William B. Cole Consultants - Mental Game coaching, consulting, speaking and training

2085 East Bayshore Road #50412
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: (510) 270-0311
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com

 
   
William B. Cole Consultants name, design and related marks are trademarks of William B. Cole Consultants.
© 1997- William B. Cole Consultants. All rights reserved.

See our Privacy Policy

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Policies Notice