How to Think Like a Journalist: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

I have a confession to make. I’m one of the worst (or best) procrastinators in the world. Sometimes, I relate by saying to myself “I’m taking my time”. This unfortunately is a cop out. What I am NOT doing is following advice from top motivational speakers like Zig Ziglar, whose rule no. 4 of his top ten rules for success advises to  “Do it Right Now!”

This applies to my writing.

I have been writing professionally since 1999 when I took my first editorial job. Since then I have gotten progressively better with my writing skills and developed my own style.

But, as a lot of you can relate, writers also can develop writer’s block, a condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. That really sucks, especially if you earn your living as a writer.

How does someone overcome this mental obstacle?

Experts say to repackage and consume great content. If you had a previous article or video written and produced, REPACKAGE it in another format and expound on it further. And CONSUMING great content from others means you can gather ideas for your own writing needs stimulating the brain.

Other tips include:

  • Write down anything, even something bad
  • Walk away and come back later
  • Take a shower or drink coffee
  • Study material
  • Storyboard ideas

Any of these methods or a combination of them may prove the unravelling of writer’s block and allow you to continue your writing with the unique voice and creative expression buried deep within you.

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