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Seven Tricks for Unblocking the Writer in You

Seven Tricks for Unblocking the Writer in YouConsistently writing great content can be challenging. Let’s face it. It is hard to be creative every single day, but if you need to promote either your own business or someone else’s with compelling copy, then you really need to try. Here are a few tricks I use to inspire myself and unblock my imagination.

Read: I am always looking for new things to learn about, so I read a lot. If you read about the things you need to write about, you will stimulate your thinking about the subject at hand. I read a lot of books, blogs, newsletters, etc. to get different perspectives and to increase the depth of my own knowledge. Most often, I find this stimulates my imagination and helps me develop fresh ideas.

Get Bugged: This might seem a little funny, but if you see something related to your subject matter expertise that annoys you, then turn it into an opportunity to educate your audience about what is correct. I have done this with grammar blogs and a few other things over the years.

Make a Coffee Date: I am an extrovert but I do most of my work alone, so making a point of being around colleagues saves my sanity. I noticed that invariably, when I do go out to have a coffee with a business associate, our conversation naturally drifts toward something I can write about. I make a mental note and get writing as soon as I can.

Make a List: If you force yourself to think about blog topics (and even create a schedule for publication), then you will find you are able to fill in the blanks. Write the topics down as rough titles and go from there. As you think about each potential post, make a few points you want to write about. You should be able to come up with something worth reading.

Get Exercise: I go to the gym five days a week. Sitting at a desk all day is extremely unhealthy and bad for your frame of mind. When you commit to regular and challenging exercise, it will give you something to focus on that is uniquely for you. It will energize you, clear your mind and allow you to open up your imagination more easily.

Write a word: This is a neat little trick I use when I feel like writing (because the creative part of me needs to be nourished) but don’t know what to write about. I start with a simple word. The first thing that pops into my head. I let that word pull me as I think about images related to it. From there, a story or something else may evolve. Try it.

Don’t Focus on Perfection: It’s okay to have high standards, but understand that perfection is not a standard. It is a symptom. Perfection is merely an attempt to create harmony in a symphony that is out of tune. It is a sign that there is discord within. Let go of the belief that you are only as good as your work and you will free yourself from the blockage you created for yourself. Perfection is impossible. Strive for excellence and don’t worry about how people will perceive you. Someone else will always be better in some way. Get over it.

What tricks do you use to help stimulate the writer in you? I'd love to hear what works for you.

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Renée Cormier is no ordinary Public Relations & Communications Specialist. Add published author, employee engagement specialist, sales and marketing strategist, entrepreneur and educator to her list of accomplishments. Renée brings a wide range of experience and talent to her work. Her passion for business and her natural talent for business strategy and marketing communications makes her an important resource for her clients. Need help with your communications efforts? Visit www.reneecormier.com 

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Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

3 years ago #23

#37
Thanks, Claire and thanks for sharing!

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #22

Great tips here Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier - I sometimes find I am feeling blocked and uninspired! I like the idea of writing a word down and doing some free association.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

4 years ago #21

#35
That's also a very good idea. I must try that!

Charlene Norman

Charlene Norman

4 years ago #20

These are awesome tips, Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier. Thank you for sharing. I will use some of these in the future. I'd like to share one and a half that work quite well for me. 1. Randomly attend a networking group you have never been to. It is amazing what one can pick up and then add on to the ideas already swirling around inside your head. 1/2 Shut up and just listen. I find the more I engage my ears and the less I engage my mouth, the more stuff I get to write about. Of course, I don't pretend to be a true writer. Just an observer of people and a conveyer of factoids!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #19

#33
That's a great approach, @Spenser Yenson!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #18

#25
Very much so, @Renee Cormier, they are there is any reasonably active and thinking person. That is why I believe it is so important to focus on things other than writing per se, and further believe that before writing, comes thinking. Cheers!

Graham🐝 Edwards

Graham🐝 Edwards

5 years ago #17

Thanks for this buzz Renee Cormier. I really like your "write a word" suggestion.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #16

I agree with all of you...because essentially you are saying any normally intellectually active person has a multiplicity of ideas and stories runnin around in her or his head. And the problem is really to find the right emetic. Eh, Randy Keho?

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #15

#25
I absolutely agree there is always a story to be told...Sometimes we just have to wait until they are ripe for the picking...That is certainly one of the "perks" of being a "writer at will"...I agree with the distinction made by Phil Friedman in that there are professional writers and professionals who just like to write...I am the latter and have the utmost respect for those pros out there...I cannot imagine anything more stressful than facing a deadline;-) Talk about constipation! LOL

Randy Keho

Randy Keho

5 years ago #14

#23
Thanks for ruing my breakfast Phil Friedman

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #13

#16
Excellent, Cyndi wilkins?

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #12

@Renee Cormier - I think your suggestions are sound. However, I see writing in different terms. I like to distinguish between "writers" and other professionals who happen to write (even those like myself who happen to write a lot). I'd describe a "writer" as a bundle of expression searching for a topic, whereas I see a thinking professional as a bundle of ideas searching for expression. And for the record, I personally do not believe that "writer's block" has to do with lacking ideas about what to write. In my experience, so-called writer's block is like constipation: plenty of material backing up, which you just can't pass. Cheers!

Randy Keho

Randy Keho

5 years ago #11

There's nothing more inspirational than facing a deadline, whether it's self-imposed or for publication. I learned that as a columnist for a daily newspaper. The world doesn't pause just for you and you only have so much vacation time. The ideas you come up with won't always be great, but the reader, and editor, still expect to be fed. The really great ideas come along when you least suspect it and the stories will virtually write themselves. If you can, store some of those ideas for later use, when you're feeling less inspired.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #10

#20
You can say that again ...Lately I feel like I've swallowed the sun;-) In this case, I'm not so sure who had to pee worse...my dad or me!

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #9

#17
Coming soon to a hive near you Deb Criveau;-) Thanks for the encouragement!

mohammed khalaf

mohammed khalaf

5 years ago #8

There is no greater joy to me than coming home from a hard day’s work and being greeted, enthusiastically, by reading that post . This happens every day and I never tire of it. To me, this is privilege. It is and always will be a true honor to give them all I have...body and soul. To be able to provide great ideas which is having in all life.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #7

Thanks Renee Cormier...I've been feeling a little "blocked" in the noggin lately;-) It was almost as if every time I picked a book to read or put a pen to pad my body decided the time was not right...Hence, I was sound asleep within minutes of every feeble attempt. Well, instead of fighting it I took off for the weekend for a few days alone with my dad...He's struggling with health issues and traveling is very difficult for him, but he kept asking me to take him up North to the lake house...so I had to oblige as he does not drive any more...hideous traffic and all...Wouldn't you know it...my inspiration to start writing again came from sitting in that awful traffic and stressing out about getting my dad to a bathroom! He could see how upset I was and started telling me all the dirty jokes he could remember;-) I was laughing so hard I almost peed! I thought that sounded like a great article..."The Life and Times of the Leaky Bladder."

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #6

#9
Always a pleasure to share my ideas. Many thanks to all of you for showing your appreciation!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #5

#11
Wishing you luck, .

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #4

#4
Good luck, Paul Kearley! I'm glad you liked my article.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #3

#5
Thank you @debasish maujmder! I'm glad you liked it!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #2

#3
You are welcome, Tausif Mundrawala!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #1

#1
My pleasure, @Tahir Kashif!

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