Writer’s block doesn’t have to keep you stuck. Our emerging authors are on a roll. Several people reported–in Bring Your Book to Life class Wednesday and this morning–that they’ve written several chapters in this week alone–one wrote four!
3 Writing Secrets to Get Unstuck
Here are a few writing secrets that worked for them to get the writing done and escape writer’s block:
* Scheduling exact times for writing, such as Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9-11, in their calendars
* Checking in with their buddy, me or the group forum if they need support
* Refreshing and rejuvenating before writing: a walk in nature, meditation, listening to music
Return to Your Writing Vision; Let Your Reader Help You!
One student in today’s class had a hard time writing this week. I reminded her to go back to the vision/intention statement she created in class the first week–why was she passionate about writing this book? What difference would her book make for readers?
I suggested she get over writer’s block by returning to an exercise of envisioning her reader and writing to a very specific reader she imagines (or even a real person she knows who is the core audience (or demographic) for this book).
* Imagine your reader who can’t pay her bills until she reads your money book and learns how to save.
* Picture that person who’s afraid of public speaking and wins his first toastmaster’s award after reading your book.
* Think about that mom who finally gets a good night’s sleep and a well-rested toddler when she learns your ground-breaking sleep system.
Write to that person as if you were having an intimate conversation or writing them a personal letter. Not only will the writing be more compelling when you imagine a specific reader, but when you think about someone else, you get out of your ego (where resistance resides) and into your heart.
And that is how you can beat writer’s block.
Looking for more tips? Carrie Barron, MD, author of The Creativity Cure, shares her tips for beating writer’s block.