Writing is All in Your Head

Limit distractions while writing. Turn everything off.

There’s really no such thing as writer’s block. Writer’s block isn’t a real condition. It’s a mental block that keeps you from sitting and writing continuously. You may avoid writing because you don’t think clearly or you’re feeling anxious over the inability to sit still and write.

Some people simply can’t do without noise. The television, radio, Netflix, people talking, traffic, construction etc. So get those sounds going and sit down where you’re comfortable and write.

Nothing that a good meal and a cup of coffee can’t help. And for those who like to drink and write or imbibe in other stimulants to get the creativity flowing, hey, do whatever you do.

Please stop saying you have writer’s block. You don’t. You’re avoiding, doing everything but writing and putting off the practice of writing. FYI: this will only add to your anxiety.

Reasons People Hate Writing

Many people fear and loathe writing because they:

a. Don’t know what to write

b. Don’t like to sit quietly without distractions

c. Like to watch TV, listen to music, fool with social media, e-mails and other nonsense that keeps them from writing

d. Procrastinate and get anxious because they’ve put off writing

e. Unsure about telling, sharing opinions and ideas with others

f. Insecure about ability to use language well

Take One Day Off From Social Media to Write

If day after day you’re opening your phone or iPad or computer and are posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all

Is your mind mush when you write?

the other social media, you can write. Those posts take forethought, emotion, opinion and care. Consider compiling the time spent perusing or trolling the Internet for things to pick at and instead turning it off while you write something.

Some People Hate to Sit at a Desk

Write the way that you speak because writing is as simple as speaking. The hard part is sitting down and physically writing. But when you sit at the computer, a desk, at home or in an office, you’ll need to concentrate and focus on what you’re doing.

Not an easy task today with all the distractions online. When you write, you should turn off your phone, your devices, television, Netflix, radio, and games.

Turn Everything Off

Close your social media, turn off your e-mails. Stop looking at Twitter, or posting to Pinterest. Stop the constant stream of mind candy that comes out of your phone.

Whether you’re typing at a computer or going old style with a pen and paper, you need to concentrate and think about what you’re going to say.

Talk Out Loud as You Write

If your mind is mush while you write, close your eyes, relax and write the first thing that comes into your head. Write as you speak and say out loud what you’re thinking. Talk yourself into it and through what you want to express.

Silence allows you to think without distraction to decide what to say and how to say it so that other people will take interest in it. You may indeed be a fabulous writer with many exciting stories and insights to share. But you’ll need to sit still and tune out all the distractions that are demanding your immediate focus.

Write Fearlessly As If No One Will Read What You Wrote

Making an impact on the lives and opinions of others begins with having something to say about a topic, expressing thoughts and insights of your own that creatively display your dazzling array of digital or computer repartee.

If writing is the toughest thing you have to battle all day, you’re not doing so bad. There are worse things than having to write something without any media to tempt you. Try it. The peace, the solitude will allow you to clear your mind and see things clearly.

You have conversations with acquaintances, business associates, girlfriends, family, co-workers, spouses, boyfriends and children. You talk to strangers in line at the grocery store. You start conversations with people you meet out in the world every day.

While you’re sitting at your keyboard fingers punching out letters as you go, write the same way that you speak.

Don’t Use Big Words

Write Like You Speak

Only write using words that you actually know and use.

The No. 1 problem that people have as new writers, or even as skilled writers, is the attempt to impress people with the use of language. It’s ridiculous and obvious when you’re writing outside of your comfort zone because you’ll inaccurately throw in terminology that you never, ever use.

If you’re a writer who spells improperly or needs to prompt your memory for a word that’s on the tip of your tongue, use the dictionary or a thesaurus. Hard copies or online versions are very helpful.

But please, don’t look for big, uncomfortable words to use in everyday writings. Whether you’re writing a paper for school, a post on a new blog, a literary piece for submission to a publication, use the language that’s comfortable and that comes naturally to you.

There’s only yourself to impress with the use of a new or foreign vocabulary. To everyone else, your misuse or bumbling around with a word that you’re unfamiliar is painfully obvious. It makes all the good writing you created look lousy.

Keep it simple and be honest with yourself. If you want to improve your vocabulary, here’s a novel approach: read. Turn off your media and read daily. Read a newspaper, read a magazine, read a book. Read for knowledge and read beyond entertainment into the education and learning area of your brain that can actually expand and increase when it’s flexed.

There is no such thing as writer’s block and the key to writing well is to write the same way that you speak.

Writing Tips:

Here are a few writing tips and while you may dread writing as I know many people do, it’s a matter of what an author friend described so aptly: Hands On Keyboard, Butt in Chair.

1. Sit in complete silence

2. Turn off all media

3. No social media, texts, or e-mails

4. Write on a full stomach

5. Sit in a comfortable chair at a desk that’s ergonomically correct

6. Plan an hour at a time

7. Write the way you speak

8. Read regularly to expand your knowledge of words and language use

9. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar and punctuation until you’re done writing

10. Relax. Think about your topic. Start with an introduction. Choose two or three points. Summarize.

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