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How do you write when you're not in the mood?

Discussion in 'Copywriting' started by Spoiltdiva, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Bella Lopez

    Bella Lopez Greenhorn

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    #681
    I suffer from a "writer's block" many times and I make my living out of it. You see where I am going with this! It's tough when you don't have an effin clue of what to write or the words just feel stuck and rebel to come on screen. So, here's what I do:

    I make myself a strong and mean cup of black coffee and read something from my fav book (I always carry a book with me). It has nothing to do with whatever I am writing and voila! the well written content inspires me to create something of my own and the shatter that disgusting writer's block.
    SEMrush
     
    Bella Lopez, Jan 1, 2018 IP
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  2. Spoiltdiva

    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #682
    Inspiration from others content is one thing. But some derive more than mere inspiration, and plagiarize.
    But if works, then more power to you.
     
    Spoiltdiva, Jan 2, 2018 IP
  3. Bella Lopez

    Bella Lopez Greenhorn

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    #683
    You're right about that. I try to read content which is not related to my work. For instance, if I am writing something technical, I might read from a book which can be a well-written fiction or a self-help book. As I mentioned, I always carry a book with you and that is never really related to my own content.
     
    Bella Lopez, Jan 4, 2018 IP
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    June H. Greenhorn

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    #684
    The most difficult step for me is to just get started.

    When I don’t feel like writing, I may squirm around a bit if I’m feeling lazy. However, when I get those first two sentences down, I’m in; I’ve entered the flow, and I’m not stopping until it’s done. After that, I just get it all out, and don’t think about the editing until I’m finished.

    This separation of the creative and analytical state has more or less eliminated writer’s block for me.

    So, when faced with a new task, I don’t worry about how I’ll structure the latter part of the article or whatever.
    Instead, I focus all my power on just getting started (I know there’s at least one famous quote about this concept, but I can’t remember it at the moment ^_^)
     
    June H., Feb 4, 2018 IP
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    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #685
    Thinking about paying the bills and eating always helps with that.;)
     
    Spoiltdiva, Feb 4, 2018 IP
  6. June H.

    June H. Greenhorn

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    #686
    Sure does =p
    It’s incredible how effective one can get when you just have to do something.
    Thankfully, I haven't been in that position for a while, but I still carry with me the work stamina I built from those early trying times.
     
    June H., Feb 5, 2018 IP
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    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #687
    A strong work ethic is just as important in a writer as creativity and good spelling/grammar.
     
    Spoiltdiva, Feb 5, 2018 IP
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    #688
    I just started working on my blog. If I don't feel in the mood I just say to myself "hey, you can do it, just write the title". So I write the title, then the first sentence, then the first paragraph...you get the idea. After I finish the article I realize that I'm in the mood again.
     
    TheMadMarketer, Feb 8, 2018 IP
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    #689
    I try and take a short break - go out somewhere with the kids, I find once I have distracted myself I can focus again and get stuck in etc.
     
    Highlandspring, Feb 8, 2018 IP
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    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #690
    That would be a good mantra to say 3 times in a row.;)

    @Highlandspring, the problem is that if I take a short break my work ethic goes out the window and nothing gets done.:oops:
     
    Spoiltdiva, Feb 8, 2018 IP
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    hmm - try and limit your break to a fixed time - say 30 mins, I found that gives me enough of a rest and distraction to get back to it, fully ready to focus.
     
    Highlandspring, Feb 8, 2018 IP
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    #692
    It's a constant problem for me, and I own a writing business. Ugh! Every paragraph seems like it was already written 10 times before.
     
    usasportstraining, Feb 11, 2018 IP