Tips to Work Through Writer’s Block

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It’s every writer’s worst nightmare: Writer’s Block.

 

Nothing seems to be coming out correctly. Every word you write down feels trite. You have a million ideas and not a single one feels good enough to actually pursue. You’re just….stuck.

 

Don’t worry. The good news is that you are not the first or the last author to experience writer’s block, and contrary to popular belief, there really are ways to get through it. Here are a few tried and tested ways that fellow writers like yourself power through their mental blocks. Work through a few of these exercises, and the words will be flowing before you know it.

Move Around

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes all you need to do is get the blood flowing in your body. Stagnation of the mind can be directly linked to the stillness of the body. Your movement can be as simple as a short walk to as involved as a yoga session. Connect with your breath, refocus, and then sit back down. You’d be shocked by how a little blood flow through the body will help get the brain functioning freely again.

 

Write In the Morning

If your writer’s block is ongoing, try to get your ideas flowing as soon as you wake up. If you aren’t breaking your REM cycle, you’ll wake up with your brain in Theta wave mode (which in simple terms is “dream mode”). Scientists have found that theta waves are related to vivid imagery and creativity, so getting your creative juices flowing while you still have access to those brain waves can be huge for your productivity.

 

Embrace Freewriting

Writing may not seem like the solution to your problem with…writing. But freewriting is different than trying to create a specific structure and/or storyline. Free writing helps you to free your brain from the pressure of perfection, and allows for the gathering of ideas and thoughts on a general topic. If a topic feels like too much, just write whatever you want. Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation; just allow your brain to come up with anything, and get it all down. Free writing will allow you to get back in touch with the creativity that may have been trapped by a deadline or specific frame of thinking that you’ve been working through.

 

For more tips on how to free yourself from writer’s block, see these resources here and here.

 

Tips to Networking Effectively

 

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Networking is one of the most powerful ways to further your career. It’s important to have a strong professional network, as the people within your network will be the people will be able to provide you with resources and opportunities that you may not have access to on your own.

But, networking can be difficult sometimes if you’re a more introverted person, or just very much out of your personal comfort zone. It may be difficult to form a lasting, positive impression if you are nervous, so use these tips to help you through your next networking event or opportunity.

 

Plan Ahead

This is especially helpful if you are a bit shy and nerves make it hard for you to think on your feet. Do a little research before your upcoming event so that starting a conversation with strangers doesn’t feel so daunting. Determine who will be attending the event, and if possible, pick out a few people that you absolutely know you’ll want to connect with. Use Linkedin and their personal websites as resources to find a bit about them beforehand. Prepare some questions that you can use to break the ice, but make sure they aren’t too specific, so that you don’t make them uncomfortable, and other people will feel welcome to join the discussion.

 

Try to Get an Intro

Having someone else introduce you to the person(s) you want to speak with is the easiest way to make a connection.  Seek out someone who knows the person (if you don’t know anyone, ask the host of the event).  Having someone of importance introduce you immediately gives you more clout than a solo introduction will, and will likely break the ice for you.

 

Learn to Listen

Go into any interaction with the mindset of “what can I learn from this person”. Everyone (including you) has a wealth of knowledge and unique experiences. Seek out individuals that you know will be able to teach you something new, and really listen. Ask pertinent questions and listen empathetically to build a personal and real connection with the person you are speaking with.

For resources and more information on networking, check the following sources: Inc  & HuffPost