Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
You have a topic you want to write about. You also have the desire to write.
But when you finally set aside time to write, nothing happens. So what can you do to get your words to match your intentions?
- Mind maps are liberating because there are no rules on how to draw one. They’re also great idea generators. So play with your ideas by drawing a mind map.
- Then take an exercise break. In Courage to Create, Rollo May says to let your mind work on a problem while you do something else. So go outside and do something physical.
- While you’re exercising, recite an affirmation. In Making a Literary Life, Carolyn See introduced me to an affirmation that does work for writers: “I see it, I feel it, I know it, I’ve got it.”
- When you get back to work, write a shitty first draft. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, or grammar. Just get the words down.
- Okay, now it’s time to read your words aloud. How do they sound? Make some notes and enter your changes. You now have a second draft.
- Read your words again. Be pickier this time, though, because it’s time to think about spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Make some notes and enter your changes. You now have a final draft. Find an image, optimize the text, and you’re ready to publish.
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