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Hacking Writer's Block

If your throat is blocked you could probably hack up the block. Merlin over at 43Foulders has a list of 18 ways to Hack Writers Block. Bloggers and e-newsletter writers aside, everybody has to write something these days. A few of my favorites from the list:

Try freewriting - Sit down and write anything for an arbitrary period of time—say, 10 minutes to start. Don’t stop, no matter what. Cover the monitor with a manila folder if you have to. Keep writing, even if you know what you're typing is gibberish, full of misspellings, and grammatically psychopathic. Get your hand moving and your brain will think it’s writing. Which it is. See?

Write from a persona - Lend your voice to a writing personality who isn’t you. Doesn’t have to be a pirate or anything—just try seeing your topic from someone else’s perspective, style, and interest.

Write crap - Accept that your first draft will suck, and just go with it. Finish something.

Write the middle - Stop whining over a perfect lead, and write the next part or the part after that. Write your favorite part. Write the cover letter or email you’ll send when it’s done.

Make a pointless rule - You can’t end sentences with words that begin with a vowel. Or you can’t have more than one word over eight letters in any paragraph. Limits create focus and change your perspective.

Any ideas of your own?

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November 18, 2004 in award winning design, award winning magazine, Blogging Tools, Building Customer Intuition, bulk email marketing, Business Marketing, Business newsletter, Business publications, Business relationships, CMO, Weblogs | Permalink

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Yeah...I've always thought writer's block was a fancy way of saying you just sort of didn't feel like writing. Which is valid, of course. Those tips are great--the reading-aloud one is especially effective, I've found (when I've sort of not felt like writing). You hear all sorts of things that can be improved. Which brings me to my favorite writer's block buster: if you can't write something new that day, you can always revise.

Posted by: Sarah | Nov 23, 2004 11:45:54 AM