How to beat writer’s block – get in the groove!

The more you write, the better you get at it and, not only that, but you will find your vocabulary improves. Conversely, you can choose not to practice and you may get rustier.  

Like all mental activity, writing uses dedicated areas in the brain. Simply doing it brings blood with oxygen and nutrients to that part of the brain and the connections between neurons are exercised, strengthened and multiplied.  

If you want to run that marathon, you would start by building up stamina, muscle strength and endurance with some shorter runs. You may also meet and speak with some people who had done it to get some tips. Unlike marathon running though, you can stop for a rest anytime when writing and just begin again when the mood takes you.  

The exercise at the end of this article is to be repeated daily and is designed to work the bits of your brain that perhaps are somewhat neglected.  It’s a technique recommended by Julia Cameron in ‘The Artist’s Way’ which I shamelessly borrow here. By the way, I thoroughly recommend you read her book as there are loads of other great tips too.  

Julia recommends you write something every day, ideally just after waking and in a quiet environment. She calls them “morning pages”. If you want to make them your midday or evening pages, that’s fine too and feel free to write more than once a day. If you wake in the early hours, writing can be very cathartic and help you get back to sleep once you’ve downloaded those ‘inner thought’.

You may also find that writing a blog each day works for you. As mentioned before, many books have emerged from blog.  

What happens is that all of a sudden you see that a collection of your writings and musings can be collated into a whole book and, without knowing it, you’ve written it. They may be a selection of short stories or poems. It may be a self-help or personal development book like this one which came from a set of PowerPoint exercises I run in my workshops that I then scripted and narrated for an online course.  

Breaking the writing of a book down like this also allows you to serialise it, say either in a magazine or perhaps in an email autoresponder sequence. 

Exercise: Getting in the groove

Complete 2-3 sheets of your A5 reporter’s pad or a couple of sheets of A4 every morning. This exercise should be done every day in lieu of actually writing your book.

You can write anything you like and here are some examples:

  • Base your writing on your dreams
  • Describe the events of yesterday, especially what was good
  • Describe your ideal day ahead or be creative & make up your best day ever
  • Describe the room you are in–or the room you would like to be in
  • Have a go at the next chapter of your book you are stuck on
  • Write some poetry
  • Write a blog you want to post that day
  • Write a story in just Six Words or Six Sentences

Spend between 10 & 20 minutes on this exercise – or, if you find you get in flow, keep writing. You will be amazed what comes from this process.  

You can find out about the numerous ways to banish writers block in my new book BLOCKS!

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New Unleash the Book Inside workshop dates

a5-sideFollowing the recent success of the Unleash the Book Inside workshop, we are pleased to announce new dates.

See here for the feedback from previous attendees

From its initial inception as a creative writing course, the workshop has now grown into a whole new concept.

Not only do aspiring authors get to learn about the publishing industry but also they will leave with an amazing array of new skills and learning a new way of thinking, being and doing ….

In the workshop, authors will define and design their book structure and their writing, publication and marketing plans. They will also learn the skills of Whole Brain and Whole Mind Thinking.

Tom Evans uses mind maps to get authors to see the world in a whole new way by opening up new neural pathways in their brains.

During the two day course, Tom takes authors on guided visualisations to help them tap into their creative muse.  He also demonstrates where light bulb moments come from and how to tap into them on demand to get your book to virtually write itself.

Tom will also show you the many ways to publish your book for free and how you can develop significant passive revenue streams.

The workshop is running in Surrey on the 30th September & 1st October.

There are only 20 places available and the first 10 people to book get the early bird price and catch the worm …..

If you want to get published IN 2009, this workshop will show you how !!!!

For a workshop synopsis and to book, go to:

http://thebookwright.com/workshops

… contact me if you are interested in attending

People You Should Meet

If you missing me in interview with the senn-sational Damien Senn you can access it from the archive here

Find out about the easy way to get a book written and in print and how I found I could teach others to channel – there’s also an amazing range of special offers available to anyone who signs up

People You Should Meet – Tom Evans

The Story of Ermintrude – an interview with the author

One hundred Years of Ermintrude videoThis interview with Tom Evans and reading by Debbie Tarrier was recorded by the amazing Neil Fairbrother of Pod3.tv

It’s hosted on Viddler.com – click the + icon to see how you can dynamically interact with it with your web cam

Watch, listen and enjoy