Writer's Block Now - Three Mental Strategies To Banish Writer's
All writers get their creative juices blocked sometimes. Writer's
block can seem like an insurmountable mountain to climb, but it
doesn't need to be that way. The trick is to have a toolkit of writing
peak performance approaches that work for you. This article discusses
three mental strategies and tells secrets of famous writers for
combating writer's block.
Overcome Writer's Block Now
Three Mental Strategies To Banish Writer's Block
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
I'm a writer. You're a writer. We all get our
creative juices blocked sometimes. Writer's block can seem like
an insurmountable mountain to climb, but it doesn't need to be that
way. There is a way through it, under it, over it, or around it.
The trick is to have a toolkit of writing peak performance approaches
that work for you. You also need to know the many myths about writer's
block, but we'll address those in another article. Today I just
want you to make a few realizations about this mental malady. Here
Realize That Writer's Block Can Happen To Everyone At Some Time:
There is not a writer who ever lived who did not experience writer's
block. You might say that writer's block is our occupational hazard,
and we must get past it to do our work.
You Can Have Writer's Block And Still Write: You can still
write, even if you don't "feel the passion", right? You can do at
least average-quality writing work while you wait for the passion
to show up, right? The trick is not to let writer's block slam your
writing door completely shut. Do SOME work in the meantime.
Writer's Block Does Not Mean There Is Something Wrong With You
As A Person: Since many of the most successful writers have
writer's block, and plow past it to put out great work, it stands
to reason that this mental affliction is not a game-stopper. You
can at least "tolerate writer's block" and still be productive,
as many famous authors do. Now I want you to read what some pretty
well known writers have to say about writer's block. Heed their
wisdom and use their inspiration to ignite your writing passions.
Famous Writers Tell Their Secrets About Combating Writer's Block
"If you wait for inspiration to write; you're
not a writer, you're a waiter." - Dan Poynter
When asked the secret to finishing his 500-page masterpiece The
Power of One, author Bryce Courtenay growled, "Bum glue!"
"If my doctor told me I had only 6 months to live, I'd type a little
faster." - Isaac Asimov
"Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it." - Madeleine
"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at
9 am every morning." - Peter DeVries
"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing
but a bunch of blank paper." - Steve Martin
"I made a startling discovery. Time spent writing = output of work.
Amazing." - Ann Pachett
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see
to the end of your headlights; but you can make the whole trip that
way." - E. L. Doctorow
"Ever tried and failed? No matter. Try again and fail better." -
"It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise." - Nancy
"The way to resume is to resume. It is the only way. To resume."
- Gertrude Stein
"Best advice on writing I've ever received. Finish." - Peter Mayle
"When I am writing, I am doing the thing I was meant to do." - Anne
"You can sit there, tense and worried, freezing the creative energies,
or you can start writing something. It doesn't matter what. In five
or ten minutes, the imagination will heat, the tightness will fade,
and a certain spirit and rhythm will take over." - Leonard Bernstein
"I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when
you finish something you can be judged. I had pieces that were re-written
so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them
out." - Erica Jong
"A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little
courage." - Sydney Smith
"The faster I write, the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm
in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled
by them." - Raymond Chandler
"When you speak, your words echo across the room. When you write,
your words echo across the ages." - Chicken Soup for the Writer's
Soul author Bud Gardner
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and
only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you
let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg
"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that.
Your mind must know it has got to get down to work." - Pearl S.
"If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing,
not lack of talent. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will
listen to me? You are a human being with a unique story to tell.
You have every right." - Richard Rhodes
You're a writer. Writing is what writers do. Writers are passionate
about their craft. I want you to be passionate, energized, excited
and in action mode so you can write up a storm, and not allow writer's
block to have any place in your consciousness any more. Good luck!
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.
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