7 Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Frustrated? It’s time to get up and go for a quick walk outside. (Photo: J.R. Bale)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
—Mark Twain

Mark Twain, who worked as a journalist as well as a novelist, should know a thing or two about writer’s block.

All writers struggle with filling a blank page or screen at some time in their careers. Reasons include anything from anxiety to exhaustion, and from distraction to confusion.

We can experience a block at the very start of a project or at its conclusion.

What every writer experiencing a block has in common, however, is the frustration that comes along with it. Here are some strategies to try the next time you’re stuck with a blinking cursor and nothing to say. Continue reading “7 Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block”

Multitasking While You Write: Bad Idea

(Photo: kzenon)
When you’re writing, stick to one thing: writing. (Photo: kzenon)

Hey, writers—do you like a little noise while you work?

Most of us find an optimal environment for creativity somewhere between total isolation and orchestrated chaos.

A surprising number of business writers say that silence in itself is distracting—they need at least some music playing softly in the background.

Sure, minimal sensory input such as soft background music may help your writing. However, multitasking (for example, trying to write an annual report while watching a YouTube video) will actually doom your writing efforts. Continue reading “Multitasking While You Write: Bad Idea”

Juggling Act: When to Write, and When to Do Other Tasks

Learn how to juggle writing with other tasks. (Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari)
Learn how to juggle writing with other tasks. (Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari)

In our previous post, we pondered the question of whether finding the optimal time to write might make you a better writer.

Research suggests that syncing your body’s natural (circadian) rhythms to your tasks throughout the day can help you boost results. Continue reading “Juggling Act: When to Write, and When to Do Other Tasks”

Do You Know the Best Time for Writing? (You May Be Surprised)

What is the best time for writing? (Photo: Jozef Polc)
What is the best time for writing? (Photo: Jozef Polc)

Would you be able to write more, or better, if you knew your best time for writing?

New research suggests that paying attention to your body’s internal clock—especially its effect on your energy and alertness—can help pinpoint the times of day when you perform optimally at specific tasks.

These tasks include thinking creatively and writing, or even exercising. Continue reading “Do You Know the Best Time for Writing? (You May Be Surprised)”