Most people can easily identify with dreaded "writer's block". It is a well-known phenomenon that just about everyone has faced at one point in their lives.
I used to suffer from writer's block, big time! Thus, I know through personal anguish and suffering, that it is definitely not a pleasant experience.
Especially when due date for one's project or paper is getting closer by day, and boss asks you "how's that project going" every time you don't manage to avoid him/her when you're sneaking down corridor.
WRITER'S BLOCK IS FEAR-BASED
Writer's block is a fear-based feeling. For whatever reason, many of us have this incredible fear of committing ourselves in writing whenever we are faced with a blank page or computer screen.
Fear no longer! I'm here to tell you that writer's block can be beaten!
Just realizing that writer's block is really an irrational fear that keeps us from putting pen to paper is half battle. It's actually a fear of unknown, often coupled with a fear of failure.
We secretly wonder just what exactly is going to come out of this pen/keyboard, and when it does, will we be revealing some kind of incompetent idiot who doesn't know what they're talking about?
On other hand, if we have done proper preparation, our rational mind knows that we can do it just like we did it all of those other times before.
Unfortunately, fear often wins day when it comes to writing.
As I stated above, I suffered from writer's block for many years and it was not most enjoyable of experiences.
THE 7 SECRETS
Fortunately, somewhere along way I did manage to develop a few tricks to overcome writers block. Some are obvious, others are not.
Here are my personal hard-earned secrets for overcoming writer's block:
1. Don't Write Too Soon
Before trying to write, it is important to prepare mentally for a few hours or days (depending on size of task) by mulling writing project over in back of your mind. (Just as athletes don't like to peak too soon, writers shouldn't write too soon either!).
2. Do The Preparation
Read over whatever background material you have so that it is fresh in your mind. I read through all background material carefully marking important points with a yellow hi-liter and then review it all before I start to write.