How To: Cure the Block

I have writer’s block today. I almost never have writer’s block. My ideas and thoughts usually flow naturally. For the most part, writing an article just comes second nature.

But, today is different for some reason. I’m going to diagnose my problem, treat it (by finishing this article) and, hopefully, sleep well tonight, knowing that I wrote something half decent.

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Here goes:

A) Increase Blood Flow

When I wrote that first part of the post, it was early in the morning. Now, as I am writing this, I feel more at ease. Why?

I just finished an intense workout routine. I feel all the blood flowing through my body. Exercise is effective at getting your blood moving through your brain and getting those creative juices flowing.

Even something moderate. For me it was intense, but something as simple as a walk outside will clear your head for those creative juices.

B) Surround Yourself with Different Surroundings

Leave your mundane writing environment and start somewhere new. In most cases, I write my articles in my room, most of the time in my underwear (that’s an unwanted image).

Sometimes, I feel like I have no inspiration to write. Similar to the previous point, walking outside helps with that. Surrounding yourself with fresh air and new environments will produce new ideas.

C) Use Stimulants

I’m not a fan of drugs, as most of you know. By stimulants, I mean something that perks you up. For me, I use tea.

Daily teas are part of my routine because it gives me a little peak of energy. Similarly, you can use coffee as a substitute.

I can’t do coffee anymore. I had a serious addiction and decided to quit cold turkey. Now, the smell of coffee makes me gag. In my opinion, tea is just as effective without the after-jitters.

D) Read

I think reading can solve most of your problems. For example, after reading this article, you will overcome your writer’s block. If I’m stuck, I will read one chapter from three different books.

I read one chapter from a self-help book, one from the fiction category and one from any science category (most of the time, it’s psychology).

Reading three different chapters from three topics allows my brain to have idea sex. I mix all three different thoughts together. You can always combine ideas from different topics.

This fresh perspective will give you something to write about.

E) Make an Outline

If you have different topics already in mind, write a rough sketch of it. Figure out your main topics and make points. Make these points as simple as possible.

Your goal here is to write as many points as possible. Don’t worry about good and bad points or expanding on anything. Write enough to jog your memory later. Once you’ve compiled a list, go back and revise.

Cut out all the fat.

F) Just Start

Stop thinking about the writer’s block and just start with something. It can be nonsensical garbage, but just start writing.

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop” – Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

Sometimes all your brain needs is to put down some words. The more you get down, the easier it will be to continue.

G) Write Daily

Writer’s block doesn’t affect me as much as it first used to. I think the main reason is because I write everyday, even at a minimal capacity.

In the barest of bones, writing is a skill. Like any skill, the only way to improve is through dedicated practice (more on skills here). Dedicated practice hones my ability to write.

I looked at my first post (check it out here) and it pales in comparison to my recent works. I am improving, albeit slightly. These slight improvements continue to stack until writer’s block is basically nonexistent.

There you have it. I have completed my article. I feel like I can sleep well tonight. I think I’ve written a winner here.

Remember, don’t force anything. If you have insomnia, you can’t force yourself to sleep. If you are truly stuck, I implore you to try out the previous techniques. They have helped me in the past and even through this current block.

How do you overcome the dreaded block? Did any of these tips help you? Please comment below. My readers and I value your input. Thank you in advance.

Be bold, be free, and love on.

Quotes can change everything

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I’ve always had a fascination with quotes.

When I was younger a listened to a lot of hip-hop. I would memorize almost every song I listened to and rap them back to myself constantly. I remember every line of my favorite songs resonating with me on a deep level.

I used to say “This is my favorite part!” to every third line. At one point my friends actually banned me from saying that something was my favorite.

I have always loved how powerful a single phrase can be; how it can change your whole perspective on something.
As I write this I’m listening to “Me against the world” by Tupac.

“They punish the people that ask questions and those that possess, steal from the ones without possessions. The message I stress, to make it stop study your lessons. Don’t settle for less. Even the genius asks questions.”

Quotes are wisdom in it’s most direct form.

If you ever want to learn something, try searching for quotes on Google first.

Recently I have wanted to become a more tranquil person. The world is a chaotic place and I don’t think it plans on stopping at my request. I decided to look up some quotes.
It changed the way I thought about being tranquil and calm.

“If you fill your heart with compassion then you will find your mind fills with tranquility.”

There are even quotes that I use as guides to my life.

I have a tattoo that goes up my side. It says “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.”

I got this tattoo because I believe there is profound truth in the message. Whether you take it in a negative or a positive way, it is true none the less.

The way I interpret it is that you might as well laugh and be happy, if you complain no one will listen anyway. It reminds me to always try to put positivity out into the world.

If you have never looked at a list of quotes, please try it.

If you are feeling down, quotes can help.
If you need to be motivated, look up some quotes.
If you want to know what makes a good leader, find quotes from good leaders.

I hope that one day people will quote me, if I have anything wise to say.
We’ll see if that happens.