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nates450r
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bad case of writers block

I don't know what's been going on with me lately but i have been in a funk. You know the feeling when your brain is filled with tons of ideas and you can work hours on your. websites and get tons done. Well i have not had that feeling for while and it sucks. I try and set mental goals of ware i want my progress to be at the end of the day but when i turn on the computer to get started i hit a brick wall of writers block. Any ideas or tricks to beat this feeling?
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I'm a digital artist (and many other things) and artists often have to fight blocks to their creativity. This topic is often discussed among artists, so you might want to search a couple of artist's forums too.
http://www.FineArtAmerica.com
http://www.Renderosity.com

What I do:
* Realize it's normal and it's temporary. Humans are naturally creative (it's a survival trait). So it's not something special which you can loose permanently.
* Get away from what you've been doing. Don't obsess, Do take a break and do other stuff. Take a couple of days off, or at least work on a totally different project.
* Go to creative environments, like art galleries or museums or cruise the latest art and design magazines (or whatever) at the library.
* Take long walks, visit the wilderness, seashore, lakeside or such.
* Generally kick back. Often a block is related to stress or overwork, like a mini-burnout.

Cheers!
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nates450r
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jimcoe wrote:I'm a digital artist (and many other things) and artists often have to fight blocks to their creativity. This topic is often discussed among artists, so you might want to search a couple of artist's forums too.
http://www.FineArtAmerica.com
http://www.Renderosity.com

What I do:
* Realize it's normal and it's temporary. Humans are naturally creative (it's a survival trait). So it's not something special which you can loose permanently.
* Get away from what you've been doing. Don't obsess, Do take a break and do other stuff. Take a couple of days off, or at least work on a totally different project.
* Go to creative environments, like art galleries or museums or cruise the latest art and design magazines (or whatever) at the library.
* Take long walks, visit the wilderness, seashore, lakeside or such.
* Generally kick back. Often a block is related to stress or overwork, like a mini-burnout.

Cheers!
_jim coe


thanks for the input, i do need to send my pc into get worked on so maybe that will a good break.
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For me, one of the best ways to cure writers' block is to get really angry about something.

The more passionate you can get on a topic, the more those words will just flow.
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That's a new one for me Clayton! Have to give it a try.

I remember a thread a while back (from Grady?) about using the "Dragon Naturally Speaking" voice-to-text product to write sales copy by just speaking. Maybe that method would overcome "Writer's Block" - if there is no "Talker's Block" happening?

Cheers!
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I have a hard time sometimes because I have ADD and I'm not on meds for it. Sometimes I sit at my computer to write and suddenly have this need to do dishes, or laundry, or make a phone call. What usually helps me is to pick up my laptop and go in a different room and try to refocus. I don't know if that will help for writers block, but maybe..
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lots of good ideas guys,thanks my personal best (working on website) is 10 hours strait man you can get tons done lol.
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I have the same experience (once in a while). In that kind of situation, I tend to speak to someone who is also passionate or at least know something about the topic I am going to write. It is a good thing that you talk to someone about it first and from there you may know how to start again. :)
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I tend to do the same things _jim coe suggested: I take a walk like just go outside and watch people (not to be confused with stalking people or snooping at neighbors LOL). Watching, i.e, observing and then describe in my head what they are doing, what they are wearing, and what I have to say about it. This is all in my head though. This practice is something I picked up from my creative writing class back in college and has worked for me a couple of times as it got me thinking of words.

The main idea is to take a step back, get a breather. Sleep or take a power nap. When you're used to working long hours, the brain "short circuits" or something over time.

For me, one of the best ways to cure writers' block is to get really angry about something.

This works too but I don't think it's good for the heart. :)


I have a hard time sometimes because I have ADD and I'm not on meds for it. Sometimes I sit at my computer to write and suddenly have this need to do dishes, or laundry, or make a phone call. What usually helps me is to pick up my laptop and go in a different room and try to refocus. I don't know if that will help for writers block, but maybe..

I don't think this has anything to do with your ADD (or maybe it does) but I have this too from time to time and so do hundreds of other people. It's called Procrastination. You're doing the right thing by going to another place and re-focusing.

In that kind of situation, I tend to speak to someone who is also passionate or at least know something about the topic I am going to write. It is a good thing that you talk to someone about it first and from there you may know how to start again. :)


Not to be sexist or anything but this is a typical cure to writer's block for us women. Talking it over with someone helps get that brain going. You voice your opinion and soon enough in the middle of conversation, you get a flash of inspiration on what to write. Have any of you gentlemen tried this?
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Yes talking over a concept you're stuck on with someone else can be a big help. Not so much because of their opinions, they don't even need expertise in your problem. It seems to be more about listening to yourself explaining things. It can clarify your thinking and perhaps make gaps or mistakes clearer.

I think of this as more a problem solving thing than a cure for blocked creativity though. Or maybe a bit of both?

An open secret among teachers is that teaching is the best way to learn. Organizing and communicating a complex topic clearly, forces you to learn it well. When you do this over and over, taking multiple classes through the material, it has a big effect on your learning - if you don't let it get stale. And the sharper students will find the weak points in your coverage and force you to dig deeper.

I think the affiliate marketing experts here will agree that when they got to the level of teaching and helping others, it accelerated their own learning and comprehension - that is, it clarified their "big picture view" of how all the details and processes fit together. True?

Cheers!
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one cure to writers block that I always find helpful is hitting the forums and social sites and just chatting with people in the niche. I find that by going into the forums, someone will have asked a question that I can turn the answer into an article.

Just look at this thread as an example. There are several really great answers here, and every one of them could be used as an article if you were running an internet marketing or writing site.
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i think the biggest problem for me is my main site has been hit by panda (sence last october) i have had no sales. it sucks, then traffic went way down for about 3 months. i started doing some backlinking and started getting traffic again. but sence panda not one sale.

up untill april 24th (this year) i have been getting constint daily traffic (100-180) a day (to article pages) seo traffic to my review pages is dim post panda.

on april 24th same site got hit by penguin then all the seo traffic has go down to a avrage of about 5 a day.

i honestly fill like japan in ww2 getting hit by google bombs. google is making it so hard to survive.

i remember when it used to be fun to make websites, all that hard work and personal satisfaction and have somthing to be proud of. well now google tells you its not good enough.

i know googe is not the only source of traffic but i think all the SE piggyback off of their ideas in one way or another.

i like this industry i like that i can provide people with information on my websites
but im so discuraged and frusterated about this, that when i open my web design program i dont know ware to start becouse in googles eyes the website sucks.

i have writers block not becouse i have ran out of things to say
but im afraid of how google will view it. PLEASE COMMENT YOUR THOUGHTS

my plan,
im going though my articles adding content so each one has 1000-1200 words
im lowering my kw density to about 1% on all articles
then i guess work on the page layout.
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I have pretty much ignored Google for the last 2 years. What are you doing to directly engage customers and presell them on what you have to offer. half the time, my sales are almost a done deal before people even see my site.

I am focussing more and ,more on social networking forum marketing and guest posting, and getting people onto an email list from there, and mainly monetizing once I have them on my list. I have also been working for the last couple of months to get back into video marketing. I am doing at least 1 new video a week right now. haven't gotten a lot of views yet, but it is picking up.
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jmpruitt wrote:I have pretty much ignored Google for the last 2 years. What are you doing to directly engage customers and presell them on what you have to offer. half the time, my sales are almost a done deal before people even see my site.

I am focussing more and ,more on social networking forum marketing and guest posting, and getting people onto an email list from there, and mainly monetizing once I have them on my list. I have also been working for the last couple of months to get back into video marketing. I am doing at least 1 new video a week right now. haven't gotten a lot of views yet, but it is picking up.


Well pre panda,
from tracking my stats
people were typing in PRODUCT NAME-REVIEW
well then they would click on my website ( my website. com/PRODUCT NAME-REVIEW)

then thats when they would click though to merchant

well after panda my review pages are hardly visited any more (i cant imagine everyone stopped looking for reviews of the products i promote)

all my sales came from my review pages (no email marketing sales) or article marketing sales yet
im not against it--just has not happend yet
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Hi Nate,

Try to build quality links to your review sites and if you can, update your review pages with something new. Try to add videos or simply review updates of the products. For the record, not all review sites are affected. Just try to think of other ways you can get traffic to.
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macdalangin wrote:Hi Nate,

Try to build quality links to your review sites and if you can, update your review pages with something new. Try to add videos or simply review updates of the products. For the record, not all review sites are affected. Just try to think of other ways you can get traffic to.


Thanks for you input on this
i guess i will keep trucking along on this : /
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No problem Nate. Good luck!

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i have writers block not becouse i have ran out of things to say
but im afraid of how google will view it. PLEASE COMMENT YOUR THOUGHTS


I can definitely understand and relate. I think it would help if you keep in mind that you're writing to gain readership. The information is for your site visitors and not Google.

Panda is all about quality content. I think if you work on giving your readers that then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Edit your articles, post new ones on your site, and continue driving traffic to your site through quality backlinks.

I know how discouraging it is, but maintain your focus. Now is not the time to give up. :)
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I don't know if you're still struggling with writer's block or not, but I can tell you from doing a number of NaNoWriMos that one of the best ways to overcome writer's block is simply to sit down and write, even if it sounds like drivel. One of two things could happen. First, you could suddenly hit your stride and take off with an unexpected burst of creativity. The other thing that could happen is that after you give the material a rest (at least half an hour, if not a full day), you may find when you go back to read it that it really was not as bad as you thought it was and with a little polishing could be turned into something very inspired.

Of course, you could always just start pecking away at the keyboard with random letters to get the juices flowing and warm up the mind. That's another technique artists use... Putting the pen to the page and just doodling until inspiration strikes.

I can relate to your traffic woes, though. I've been hit by Penguin, but I've discovered something: All that traffic I was getting from Google? Mostly tire kickers! In other words, they'd just take one look at my site and hit the back button. Since the update, my bounce rate has already dropped and the average time on site has also gone up as a result.

With that in mind, I'm making it a goal this month to get (at a minimum) 2 to 4 guest posts and 2 to 4 videos out there to start trying to draw traffic to my site. And I'm going to see if I can find some of those forums (other than this great one ;) that my brother keeps talking about in his posts around the web :D

Good luck with your own efforts!
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I forgot to add in my last post that I've gotten some very interesting ways to beat writer's block in this thread. I tried doing before what Grady suggested but it just didn't work out for me. I guess it's "different strokes for different folks".

@Grady - I checked out NaNoWriMo (for the second time since you mentioned it here in the forums). It looks good and I might just go give it a try. Been wanting to get back to creative writing. :)

Have a good day everyone!
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Regarding writers' block, I very rarely get it. And if I do, it is usually a sign that I haven't planned out what I was trying to write well enough. To avoid this happening, I brainstorm ideas for topics first. And then I go through what I come up with and try to find the best ideas.

After this, I try to come up with a framework for the best topic ideas. If it is short article, this will mean that I need three good points to write about. But if I cannot come up with three good points, the idea needs to be disposed of. If I can, I then start writing in the knowledge that everything will naturally fit together.

So in summary, I operate a top-down approach. I always work from the most abstract level down to the more concrete level. In other words, I don't just get an idea for an article, start writing and hope that I come up with something good. This is a sure recipe for writers' block!
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nates450r wrote:I don't know what's been going on with me lately but i have been in a funk. You know the feeling when your brain is filled with tons of ideas and you can work hours on your. websites and get tons done. Well i have not had that feeling for while and it sucks. I try and set mental goals of ware i want my progress to be at the end of the day but when i turn on the computer to get started i hit a brick wall of writers block. Any ideas or tricks to beat this feeling?


I went to one of those writing clubs at Barnes & Noble where about six other writers attended. The lady who seemed to be the head of the club pulled five items out of her huge purse and said..."pick one and write about it for ten minutes." The shock of the idea threw me, but of course as the newbie, I felt the need to participate and after an "intimidatingly, no-words-come-to-mind," it worked. Words began to flow and my paper was voted the second best. So, I would suggest, when you are in a good writing mood, make a few 3x5 cards with words about "your favorite subjects surrounding your business" and store them until next time you have writer's block. After you "draw" a faced-down card, it may take a few minutes of thinking, but words should start to come, then you are relaxed with it and the words flow.

Another thing you might try, is have about three articles "stored" to take the pressure off. Hope this helps.

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snowieranch52 wrote:I went to one of those writing clubs at Barnes & Noble where about six other writers attended. The lady who seemed to be the head of the club pulled five items out of her huge purse and said..."pick one and write about it for ten minutes." The shock of the idea threw me, but of course as the newbie, I felt the need to participate and after an "intimidatingly, no-words-come-to-mind," it worked. Words began to flow and my paper was voted the second best. So, I would suggest, when you are in a good writing mood, make a few 3x5 cards with words about "your favorite subjects surrounding your business" and store them until next time you have writer's block. After you "draw" a faced-down card, it may take a few minutes of thinking, but words should start to come, then you are relaxed with it and the words flow.

Another thing you might try, is have about three articles "stored" to take the pressure off. Hope this helps.

Cindy at http:www.cindysflowergarden.com


Hi Cindy,

Yes that technique works well. I remembered the same experience I had back in college when I am taking up my literature class. We are writing poetry then and the goal is to connect with your emotions and be able to express your emotions in words.

I think one of the major players for effective writing flow is to be able to relax your mind and concentrate on what you want to express and write.
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I don't get writers block often but like everyone I know it will happen again but what I did the few times I got writers block is I imagined myself suddenly appearing naked in a big crowd and think what do I do. Do I try to explain what is going on do I run for the hills, do I act like nothing is wrong and hope people won't notice me. To me thinking of some really goofy thing happening makes me think and laugh at the same time. It also challenges me to figure out how to get out of the goofy problem I imagined myself in. It makes me think in a completely different direction then when writing for my site.
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If you are human and a writer then you've probably had writer's block at some point or another. Firstly, know that it happens to the best of us and not to freak out about it.

My advice is to look at things you normally wouldn't, read children's books, browse magazines in subject areas that are not very common to you, check out blogs outside of your normal blogs. It is amazing how breaking up your routine and looking at 'new' stuff can get those creative juices flowing.

Another thing you can do is when you see something that inspires you, collect it. So that when you are feeling uninspired you have a resource of things you can look at.

Best of luck,
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