If someone like Michael Hyatt struggles daily with writer’s block what hope do mere mortals like the rest of us have?
Well, don’t give up just yet. Here are my three favorite strategies to banish writer’s block for-EVER!
First, you have to address mindset. Unless you begin with the end in mind – and a successful picture at that, you’re starting off with a huge handicap.
Even if you’re not a big fan of the Law of Attraction and visualization stuff, let’s face it. Science has shown that the mind can’t tell the difference between experiencing something “real” and something imagined.
Most of all, what are you doing as a writer? You’re sharing moments and ideas with your readers – helping them to go through what you want them to experience.
Second, now that we got out of the way you’re definitely not going to like this one. “Writers write.” Period.
It took me a while to grasp the significance of this but all the writers who nurture fledgling writers say this – Lamott, King, Pressfield, on and on.
There’s simply no avoiding the reality that you MUST practice your craft. Daily. Not once in a while, or when the mood strikes you. Hone your craft and seek out opportunities to do it better. Then do it again. And again.
Creativity is absolutely a muscle that you must exercise daily. And speaking of exercise.
Get away from the laptop. Go. Take a walk. Do yoga. Or practice tai chi or chi gong. Check out these short exercises which are my favorite in the morning and often during the day. They are easy, quick and effective – my favorite combo!
Most importantly, it’s not about building Arnold Schwarzenegger size muscles or jamming like a world-class athlete like Michael Jordan. It’s about feeling good – I can’t stress enough the importance of overcoming the stereotypical hard drinking Hemingway image clacking away with a bottle of bourbon next to the typewriter.
If you follow Julia Cameron’s Artist Way, she shares how important the ritual she calls the Artist’s Date is. (Coincidentally, her daily practice of writing three pages first thing in the morning is what got me started years ago..)
What Cameron is sharing is the importance of feeling good with ourselves in developing our creativity. I’ve definitely experienced this in my life – both on the dance floor as a tango teacher and artist, and off as a writer / entrepreneur.
So, let me know if you have a favorite tip on how to stop writer’s block from stopping your creative juices from flowing! Comment below or contact me directly.
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