If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you must overcome writer’s block and procrastination. How much have these two maladies cost you in your freelance career?
Fortunately, I have the perfect solution: my Kindle ebook 50 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block and Procrastination, and it’s just 99 cents.
50 Ways? So Many!
Here are a few samples from 50 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block and Procrastination to whet you appetite.
3. Make a Detailed Outline
On the rare occasions I have writer’s block, it’s typically because I’m not crystal clear on exactly what I’m writing.
That’s why you must have a good outline. If you haven’t decided exactly what you need to include and in what order, your brain can feel overwhelmed with the task and may try to convince you to do something else it knows it can handle.
Many writers avoid outlines because they think making them is a waste of time. In my experience it’s exactly the opposite, especially for projects like long articles and books.
5. Write for Just One Person
Thinking about all the people that could potentially read your words can overwhelm you. I remember very early in my career sitting immobilized at the keyboard for hours trying to write an assigned article for Sunset, a magazine with a million subscribers and a circulation much larger than that; I kept imagining all those people and wondering if some of them might not like my writing.
Here’s what worked for me: thinking of one sympathetic person who is very interested in what my words say and is very happy to read them.
I used an imaginary person, but you can also think of someone you know, like a supportive family member or friend.
13. Remember Times When You Were Successful Doing Difficult Things
We all have had times in our lives when we had to buckle down and complete something difficult. It may have been finishing a college degree, or handling an important project at a job, or dealing with a personal challenge or a family crisis. Use that past success to give you the courage to get started on your current writing project and persevere until it’s complete.
42. Get Enough Sleep
Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. If you consistently get less than this you will suffer fatigue in both body and mind. When your brain is tired you just can’t think as well, so you won’t write as well. Also, your willpower is greatly diminished, which means you’re far more likely to procrastinate.
Your thoughts on writer’s block and procrastination, including what I wrote above? Any questions about the ebook itself?