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SNM149: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

You’re sitting there staring at a blank page. Seconds turn into minutes and then into hours.  You can feel your life force fading away as your dream novel turns into a living nightmare.  Is there any way to escape this mental prison?

A Dose of Reality

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Writer’s block only comes when you decide to procrastinate.

If you are writing a book by the seat of your pants and “even you don’t know how it’s going to end,” then it is your fault that you ran out of ideas.

I hate to do it, but you need a little tough love.

You tried to cut some corners and now they are cutting you back.

Whenever I hit a wall in my writing, it’s when I find a blank space in an outline.

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Deal with it Now

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In the moment, it can feel like an absolute nightmare and you hate me for giving you some tough love.

But if I don’t, you might run into this wall over and over again in the future.

Once we diagnose the root of the problem, we can avoid a relapse in the future.

Start working on another chapter or project. That is the easiest way to get past this blockage.

I always have multiple projects on the go to allow me to hop around and keep my mind happy.

When you start to lose interest in a project, the writing gets a lot harder.

Sometimes you just need to cleanse your palette.

Plan for the Future

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Be fastidious in your planning and research for your next project.

It’s hard to go from writing back to the researching phase.

It can feel like taking a step back and through your entire machine off-kilter.

Make your outline one step deeper and see if that solves the problem.

Often adding one more layer to your mind maps is all it takes to make writer’s block a thing of the past.

If not, use the rest of the techniques in today’s episode.

Show Notes:

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Key Points:

  1. Start working on something else to cleanse the palate
  2. Make your outlines one step deeper
  3. Use free-form writing exercises to release your mind

Resources Mentioned:

20K a Day

Kindle Book Description Generator

Breaking Orbit

Serve No Master on Amazon

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