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  1. Jean Browman--StressToPower says

    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!

  2. Andrea Yager says

    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..

  3. isawyournanny says

    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.

  4. Dawud Miracle says

    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?

  5. ses5909 says

    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!)

  6. Mark Tillison says

    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.

  7. Dawud Miracle says

    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 🙂

  8. LaurenMarie - Creative Curio says

    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!

  9. Mark Tillison says

    [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.

  10. Michael from Pro Blog Design says

    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. 🙂 )

  11. Ross says

    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

  12. Dawud Miracle says

  13. Daphne Gray-Grant says

    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

  14. Dawud Miracle says

    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.

  15. Tampa Real Estate says

    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.

  16. David says

    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.

  17. eulogy examples says

    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.

  18. Best Man says

    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…

  19. Karian Time Personal To Do List Organizer says

    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!

  20. Long board skateboard shop Australia says

    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.

  21. mirc says

    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!)

  22. Alexa says

    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.

  23. Article Writer says

    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

  24. storkclub says

    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.

  25. maxsikis says

    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.

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  27. Miami Condos says

    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.
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