August 11, 2007 by Dawud Miracle 62 Comments Share this:Tweet Related posts: Welcome Back Joanna How I'm Getting Clear What To Do With My Blog Why Conversational Blogging Is Like A Conga Line "I’d Like To Blog, But I Just Can’t Write" How to Create Information Products With Your Blog Reader InteractionsComments Jean Browman--StressToPower says August 11, 2007 at 1:23 pm Thanks! I immediately wrote her an e-mail to thank her, too. Then I signed up for her newsletter and read one of her other articles. She had a great example of the power of disappointment:”[Roger]Bannister never won an Olympic medal. He finished fourth in the 1,500 metres at the 1952 Olympics. And he says he might never have broken four minutes, if not for his disappointing performance at that event.” Again, thanks! Reply Jean Browman--StressToPower says August 11, 2007 at 2:47 pm This isn’t exactly about writer’s block, but it is about great writing. Check out the image and first sentence of Tony Clark’s post Nobody Is Going To Save You. Talk about packing a punch! Reply Char Brooks says August 11, 2007 at 11:59 am Dawud- I loved this article – came at the perfect time for me. Thank you so much for your sweet inspiration. . . you’re the greatest~! Reply Andrea Yager says August 11, 2007 at 3:24 pm Dawud, Hi. I just came back to see a weeks worth of awesome posts! She has some great tips.. how about adding starting in the middle.. I often find myself writing the middle, the end, or somewhere in there.. and working my way up and down from there.. Reply isawyournanny says August 12, 2007 at 12:22 pm Walking does it for me every time. No sooner than I get on the treadmill, I am flooded with ideas. So much so, that it is difficult to stay on & finish my workout. If only I could do both. Reply Dawud Miracle says August 13, 2007 at 12:03 am Char, You’re welcome, and you should thank Daphne. Jean, I know the Bannister story, great example. Thanks. Andrea, Thanks. Great tip. Sounds like a couple of blog posts in that tip… isawyournanny, Cool. How about using a digital recorder and taping yourself while you’re on the treadmill and then transcribing it later? Reply ses5909 says August 13, 2007 at 4:08 am Some great tips! Although I must admit that the double fudge brownies would be a GREAT incentive to me (off to look for the brownie mix!) Reply Mark Tillison says August 13, 2007 at 5:33 am Strangely, writing (or typing) using colour can also be very effective. This works because creative and technical processes are handled by the two different hemispheres of the brain. Using colour helps the two hemispheres to work together. Strange, but true. Reply Ben Yoskovitz says August 13, 2007 at 2:17 pm Great ideas. Often, writer’s block is coupled with a lack of motivation. For me, that means working on motivation overall; not just writer’s block specifically. Reply Dawud Miracle says August 13, 2007 at 4:03 pm ses5909, I hear you… Mark, Interesting. I’d love to hear more about that. How do you think color affects reading? Ben, Can’t say I know what you mean there, Ben 🙂 Reply LaurenMarie - Creative Curio says August 13, 2007 at 4:47 pm I like to create an outline and fill it in level by level. Start with a title then subheads. Then fill in 2-4 points under those (sometimes they turn into new subheads or entirely separate posts!) and keep expanding until the article is written. Getting away from it, like Andrea mentioned a while back, helps too. Wow! 17, turning off the monitor… that sounds scary, but I think I might try it! I find myself editing after every sentence sometimes. These were some great tips! Definitely bookmarking this to del.icio.us! Reply Ben Yoskovitz says August 13, 2007 at 5:20 pm @Dawud: I get writer’s block when my motivation (in general) is waning. It might not be a lack of motivation specific to blogging/writing, but something else – which seeps into blogging and blocks me from doing something really good. I expand on your thoughts here: http://www.instigatorblog.com/beat-writers-block-by-reading-and-commenting-more/2007/08/13/ (not sure why it didn’t trackback on its own…) Reply Kishore says August 13, 2007 at 6:45 pm Dawud, Simple amazing Tips for Bloggers Reply Mark Tillison says August 13, 2007 at 6:47 pm [quote comment=”9208″] Interesting. I’d love to hear more about that. How do you think color affects reading?[/quote] I really don’t know – but have you noticed how kids books are very colourful. Is this just because kids like the pictures and can begin to associate the words to the images, or maybe there’s more to it than that? Perhaps, following the same theory, it’s possible that the colour stimulates the imagination in the child and helps them to learn. The natural progression of this argument for the adult population, of course, is comic books. Ahem. Reply Michael from Pro Blog Design says August 13, 2007 at 7:03 pm I haven’t even been blogging for 2 weeks yet, so thankfully I haven’t hit this yet. I think I’ll bookmark this as a little lifeline for when the inevitable happens! (Number 5 is my favourite. I’ve done that a lot of times before for other writing projects. Works brilliantly. 🙂 ) Reply LaurenMarie - Creative Curio says August 13, 2007 at 7:14 pm Mark’s comment reminded me of this little test… waaaaaay harder than it looks! Reply Ross says August 14, 2007 at 2:59 am Ray Bradbury gave the best cure. he said blockage comes from reading too much of the same material. He suggested filling the “hopper” with eclectic reading – Polynesian history, sex life of bees, prison poetry (I’m making these examples up) etc. and the hopper will eventually make a “deposit”. Quotes are Bradbury’s as I remember from an interview (Rose? Cavett?) Ross Reply Dawud Miracle says August 14, 2007 at 9:13 am LaurenMarie, I’ve tried that too. Hasn’t worked so well for me, but that’s not to say it doesn’t work. Thanks for the del.icio.us submit. Ben, I hear you on that. Nice post, by the way. Kishore, Thanks – and thank Daphne Mark, I would think that’s the case. It would be fun to do a little research on it. Michael, Don’t worry…you will. Really. Expect to run into blocks – and, as you can see, you can work through them. LaurenMarie, Interesting… Ross, Ooh, that’s good. Thinking about it, I can definitely see that. Some of the posts of mine I like the best have taken from many influences. Reply Dawud Miracle says August 14, 2007 at 9:17 am Everyone, You have to check out this brain teaser that LaurenMarie shared. Reply LaurenMarie - Creative Curio says August 14, 2007 at 12:22 pm Liked that brain teaser, huh? 😀 It’s fun to share with kids too! I wonder if they have an easier time processing it than adults. Reply Daphne Gray-Grant says August 16, 2007 at 10:35 am Hi everyone, Dawud let me know about all the posts here, so I thought I’d check in. Thanks everyone! LaurenMarie, I hesitate to suggest you change part of your writing process, because we’re all different, but I have to tell you that I’ve persuaded many people to STOP outlining and to switch to mindmapping instead. Almost always, this helps people to double their writing speed. I have one client who claims it increased his writing speed by five times! I have an article hiding on my harddrive somewhere about why you shouldn’t outline. I will try to post it to my site in the next couple of days and will provide the link when I do so. Cheers. -daphne Reply Dawud Miracle says August 17, 2007 at 4:47 pm Daphne, Great advice. Did I not tell you all she’s great??? Reply study guide says August 18, 2007 at 12:17 am Cool article. I am still surprised on how one could manage to put up a list with 20 ways, did the writer face any writers block while doing this, hehe. Reply Jackie Cameron says August 18, 2007 at 10:54 am I agree with Daphne on the mindmapping – it never fails for me – but then I mindmap most things! This has been my first visit – I will be back. Thanks Jackie Reply Mohsin | Blogging Bits says August 28, 2007 at 12:06 pm Yep, we are all stalked by the writer’s block from time to time. Here are my detailed thoughts on this. Reply Dawud Miracle says August 29, 2007 at 8:06 am study guide, I don’t think so. Daphne’s pretty good at what she does. And anyhow, if she did, she has some great advice for working with it. Jackie, I know, I use it too. Reply Anne Wayman says September 13, 2007 at 12:31 pm “Officially” I don’t believe in writers block, but when I get stuck I find either a nap or a shower seems to move me to the needed new place. Anne Reply Suzanne says October 26, 2007 at 4:07 pm Thanks for the link to the original blogger! I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog, and on hers. Reply mirc says November 27, 2007 at 6:11 pm thanks best regards.. Reply chat says November 30, 2007 at 9:08 am thank you very much. this is great 🙂 Reply Tampa Real Estate says December 18, 2007 at 8:16 am Ask a friend for suggestions, critique, or a different angle. This can spark a new way of thinking about the topic and you can be well off on your own just borrowing someone else’s thoughts. Reply Dawud Miracle says December 18, 2007 at 10:04 am Tampa, I’ve done this a bunch. It’s a great way to get outside yourself a bit and look at something from a new place. Reply güzel sözler says January 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm Thanks for the link to the original blogger! I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog, and on hers. Reply Dawud Miracle says January 25, 2008 at 10:09 am güzel, You’re welcome. And thank you for following me. Reply David says February 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm Writer’s block is very hard, but it’s an essential element of the creative process. People need to know when they need to take a step back. They also need to know when to push themselves. These, and other writing tricks like the ones you discuss are valuable. Reply mirc says April 8, 2008 at 11:18 am Thanks 😉 Reply eulogy examples says September 18, 2008 at 2:49 am Writer’s block is something that has been tormenting me for a long time , I have this sickening negative feeling when I sit down to write. There are times when I overcome it very easily and there are times when it just does not go away. I guess your tips might help me. Reply Best Man says September 26, 2008 at 7:55 am Thanks! I think these are really good tips are really good and mainly because they are simple. I think one way of dealing with writer’s block is by not attaching to much significance to it. I think we should realize that in the end it just takes a second to get out of it… Reply Karian Time Personal To Do List Organizer says February 25, 2009 at 2:01 am thanks for the tips! These were really good guidelines. And i wanted to beat the writer’s book and i think these guidelines will be really useful. Thanks a lot! Reply Long board skateboard shop Australia says May 23, 2009 at 12:57 am Your article is interesting. Strangely, writing (or typing) using colour can also be very effective. This works because creative and technical processes are handled by the two different hemispheres of the brain. Using colour helps the two hemispheres to work together. Strange, but true. Reply mirc says November 15, 2009 at 10:01 am Some great tips! Although I must admit that the double fudge brownies would be a GREAT incentive to me (off to look for the brownie mix!) Reply Alexa says January 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm I think the atrificial time set worked. I write a page in only a few moments, which is good for me. I’m only 12 so, I’m by no means the greatest typer in the world. I’m on my second novel and this hepled a lot. Thank you, you are gifted. Reply Article Writer says March 10, 2010 at 2:25 am This is a very helpful article. I do get the occasional writer’s block too and I do a lot of things listed here as well. Also, I use a tool for mind mapping. It helps a lot organizing my thoughts as well. Megan J. Article Writer Reply storkclub says August 2, 2010 at 5:03 am writer’s block really suck! You just cant force it …as they say it will come to you. Me I try to relax and get inspired by art, music or anything else..write notes on it on a post it and hope that an idea will come. Reply jupiter and palm beach gardens says December 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm awesome article. Writers block has always been an effect of my ADHD unfortunatley. There are ways to help without medications though. Reply magento development says December 24, 2010 at 10:42 am we are leading the blog as well. sometimes it’s hard to create a new article. Will try to use “Guess what!?” idea) sounds like fun. Thx, man. Reply maxsikis says July 12, 2011 at 9:47 am Change your setting. We all get bored and stuck in ruts. You may be dreading writing because you’re dreading your office. So move to another room. Try the kitchen table or the cafeteria. Or decamp to a coffee shop. It worked for J.K. Rowling. Reply Tampa Bay Real Estate says September 13, 2011 at 10:49 am Nice also to be able to brainstorm with other writers. In the Tampa Bay area we have a group of blog writers we meet with on a regular basis. Reply Feriebolig i Thailand says September 27, 2011 at 12:28 am Took me time to read all the information, but I really enjoyed. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It?s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I?m sure you had fun writing this article. Reply Miami Condos says April 18, 2012 at 1:22 am Dawud, You have a real informative blog here unlike most of the blogs out there. I would like to thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us. Btw you have a very unique name.. I heard Davud which is a Turkish name but Dawud? Reply Trackbacks […] 20 Surefire Ways To Beat Writer’s Block – A good post from Dawud Miracle which gives some tips on how to get inspiration for a post. […] Reply […] post by Dawud Miracle delivered by Medtrials and […] Reply […] and blog consultant, quotes Daphne Gray-Grant, a Publication Coach who sent out an article called 20 Surefire Ways To Beat Writer’s Block in her newsletter (you can subscribe; I […] Reply […] Here are twenty ways to beat writer’s block. […] Reply […] read the rest of the tips go to this site. 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