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Note 186 – Preparing for writer’s block

Today’s suggestion for a writing topic comes from Noel Walker, founder of OpenLeaf and author of Get the Life you Want (Twitter @GTLYW).  The suggestion he tweeted was “what about something on the lines of writers block i.e. just start writing, anything & allow those inspired thoughts to come?”.

Thanks Noel.  I don’t recall ever having writer’s block as such, but just the thought of it makes me even more determined to prepare myself in case I do.  Sometimes I am not particularly in the mood for writing but then I do flow writing (see Note 132 Warming up before the real writing) and just write write write about anything in order to warm up.  Other times, I just write something down on a particular topic and eventually go back and edit it when I’m in the right frame of mind (see Note 182b Psychology of Writing (after clutter clearing).

On the website Fiction Writing, Ginny Wiehardt writes about the Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block and makes a similar point: “Turn the critical brain off. There is a time and place for criticism: it’s called editing”.  She also suggests that it’s always helpful to write about subjects that you love as I mentioned in Note 185 – Writing about subjects you are passionate about.

If all else fails, try doing something else or just sit and think for a while.  Your thoughts might inspire you to write a masterpiece.

A lot of people have written about writer’s block – here are some related articles below:

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Until tomorrow…

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Reference list:

Noel Walker OpenLeaf

Ginney Wiehardt


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer



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