Read. Write. Read Some More.


Writers, are you reading? Like really reading?

And by reading, I do not mean passively reading a novel or a news piece or a review or something.

What I mean is…

Reading actively. Intently.

Studying it.

Absorbing it.

Revising it.

.

All writers read. Yeah.

But the secret lies in analyzing what you read. See how the words flow, how the sentences form, what adjectives are used, the headings, the endings.

Ask Why…

Whenever you feel super-motivated by reading something, give it some more time and study it.

What did that write-up had which you felt so strongly?
How did the words connect so deep?
What did you love the most in the writing style?
Or that you could actually sense the writer speaking those words?

What was it?

Find it. Absorb it.

.

So, the next time you sit to write something, revise all the emotions and observations inside your head, and then start.

Find that connect. Feel it.

And then start writing.

Acceptance

You know you gotta change something. But, the question is: HOW to bring about that change?

Be it lifestyle, job, or even venturing into freelancing … Bringing any ‘actual’ change requires just two things:

1. Consciousness
2. Acceptance

YOU need to make that change. No other person can do that for you or make you aware. It is just you. And it is for yourself…

Now, suppose you need to make a change towards adopting a healthier lifestyle… So for that, here’s a question checklist you can use to gauge the progress:

  • Are you conscious that you need that change?
    (Think about it deep! You’ll find your answer.)
  • Do you accept that your choices have been bad?
    (Weigh in every action, every choice.)
  • Are you ready to do anything to make that change?
    (Like anything that challenges you, frightens you?)

YES?

There you go. You just took the first step towards making that change possible.

.

Understand this!

The only one who is holding you back is… you yourself!

  • Your progress.
  • That high paying client you always wanted.
  • That opportunity you were always searching.
  • That unsent pitch you were always planning.

Look within what you are lacking.

Be conscious.

Bring acceptance.

To bring that change.

.

.

.

And don’t forget to be You cool, authentic self 🙂

Accept who you are and then work towards who you wanna be!

(Just like the cool, chill pineapple in the image!)

Be a pineapple: Cool-and-chill!

Ask. So Shall You Receive.

That question you’ve been wanting to.

That referral you’ve been hesitating to.

That help you’ve been needing to.

That price you’ve not been quoting.

ASK.

The worst case scenario – it would be a “No”. That’s it. Right? Nothing worse could happen.

But, if you won’t ask, you would never know the answer, the outcome…

Better an “Oops!” than a “What if?

What say, peeps?

7 Tips to Combat Writer’s Block

Oh! The terror. The blank page. The impatient pen. Only if the words could flow …

While you wait for the inspiration to strike, here are my tips to combat the dreaded writer’s block:

1. Listen to some music.

Nothing inspires more than music. My go-to artists: Eminem and Linkin Park. Somehow, they always have the words that I need.

2. Go for a walk. Alone.

Get outside. And get going. Walking really opens up the closed gates of the mind, triggering thoughts and inspiration.

3. Start scribbling. Or typing randomly.

Even if all you can type is “I cannot write.” – You have got words on your screen at least. And it is so much better than that blank page. Let your mind free. And type whatever that comes. It need not be a sentence. Any word. Any language. Just write.

4. Read… Online. Offline. Blog. Newspaper. Anything!

Skim through if you don’t feel like reading. Open up other’s work to find the words you are looking for.

5. Sleep. (You heard me right!)

Nothing beats dozing off. Trust me! Keep all your client worries at bay and just sleep. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to take on that blank page! …

6. Go for a drive or a ride.

Some ‘me-time’ is really needed for a writer to realign her thoughts. Sometimes, a drive or a ride on a bike does the job of bringing back the lost mojo.

7. Watch a movie.

Re-watching your favorite movie will surely get all those creative juices flowing.

Wait for inspiration and you’d keep waiting forever. Take a break, restart, realign, and get going. Words will come 🙂

Any other tips to fight writer’s block? Let me know in the comments!