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Saturday, May 30, 2015

How To Shake Your Newbie Writer’s Nerves

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Marie Forleo, Guest Author

“Oh boy, do I even have anything worthwhile to say?”

“Nobody’s going to want to read this anyway. What’s the point…”

“I have no official credentials or fancy degrees. Who do I think I am to write any of this?”

If you’re human and want to write, produce, or create anything — chances are you’ve battled these kinds of thoughts, too.
Fear and insecurity seem to go hand in hand with creativity and self-expression.

I’ve been publishing my ideas for well over a decade now and I still hear versions of those thoughts every week when I sit down to write my email to you, or when I work on MarieTV.

If the “Who am I to write this?!?” fear has been stopping you from sharing your ideas, today’s MarieTV is for you.
You’ll get some powerful mental reframes and a never-leave-home-without-it writing practice called the LSC method.

Read more: http://www.marieforleo.com

marieCopyright © 2015 – Marie Forleo. Marie Forleo is a marketing and lifestyle expert who inspires countless individuals to live Rich, Happy & Hot™. She reaches over 90,000 readers in 188 countries worldwide with her weekly videos and newsletter, and leads dynamic training programs that teach individuals to succeed in business and life. Visit Marie’s Website!

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Cure for Writer’s Block

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Linda Stamper Boyne, Guest Author

The human brain is an amazing thing. It has an incredible capacity to figure things out if we just get out of its way.

Example: I’ve had writer’s block. It’s been months since I’ve submitted a column for this publication.

writers-blockI’d sit down to write and, nothing. I’d try writing about some random topic to see if I could get the ball rolling, but the ball stayed motionless. I was a big, black, empty blob. Vast emptiness. N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

“I can’t think of anything to write about. Why can’t I write?” The more I tried, the more frustrated I became. It was a viscious cycle of mental constipation.

So finally I just stopped trying. And it made me sad, to not be doing something I love, something that brings me joy. I missed being able to write.

If running was my thing and I was injured, I could go to physical therapy to get back in shape and out on the trail again. But for writing, I’d need to see a mental therapist, and that’s a whole other Pandora’s box we don’t need to open here.

So I waited.

As May’s snow turned into June’s rain, I did not write. In between July’s thunderstorms and glorious moments of sunshine, I awaited the freedom of inspiration.

Last week, the boys and I flew to Central Oregon to vacation with my family at Sunriver Resort, a mecca of recreation. The resort has 35 miles of bike paths, the Deschutes River winding through, the Cascade Mountains a stone’s throw away, golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, stables and shopping. Anything we wish to do, we can do it there. And we did.

I threw myself into playing and family time. Family has a way of refocusing your self-image. I know with some family dynamics, that’s not a good thing, but in my case, it’s for the better.

In the hardcore, athletic community in which I live, I see my self on the very light end of the activity scale. I’m not an adrenaline junky. I’m not outdoorsy. I don’t live to bike or ski or fish. My friends call me their fancy friend.

My mom and sister were surprised by this self-description. To them, I am athletic and adventurous. I think it has to do with context, but I began to see myself through their lens. It re-adjusted my focus and, in some way, set me free. It allowed me to do things I wouldn’t at home.

So, while mountain biking along the Deschutes River south of Bend with the boys, inspiration finally came.

It was more trail riding than mountain biking in Vail Valley terms. The dirt trail rolled gently along the bank of the river with only a few rocks and roots as obstacle. Even on the hills, I never had to shift out of the center ring.

imaginaryFriendsRiding through one section where a lava flow made its way to the river a few years back, there were quite a few rocks poking up in the trail. From somewhere, I heard a voice say, “Focus on where you want to go, not on the obstacles.”

Who was that wise voice inside my head? My dad? The Dalai Lama? Mia from Vail Mountain Bike Camps? I don’t know.

I didn’t hit another rock during that whole section and then it came to me: “Wait a minute! I have been staring at the writer’s block instead of seeing the path around it.”

I wasn’t recognizing the interesting article, the fleeting thought or the funny conversation that usually grows into a column because all I could see was the giant block.

“Hold on! This applies to life as well!”

I’ve been focused on the obstacles in my day-to-day life, the problems, the issues, instead of looking down the path where I want to go. It’s all so clear now!

I couldn’t wait to get back to my computer at the end of the ride. I was suddenly flooded with ideas. I was finally free, my mind no longer locked up, or more accurately, blocked up.

Can you imagine if I started biking all the time? I might be able to find the solution for world peace so beauty queens of all nations could sleep peacefully once more.

BONUS Article: Scribble, Scribble… Write, Write!
Authors: Maintain a “Thought Starter” File
Like Skipping Stones Across the Water…
The 10 Types of Writers’ Block (and How to Overcome Them)

Copyright © 2014 – Linda Stamper Boyne is a free-lance writer and lives in Vail, Colorado.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Authors: Maintain a “Thought Starter” File

Today I’m going point you in the direction of an article by Henneke Duistermaat from Enchanting Marketing. Henneke lives in the UK. She shows you when originality is good and when it’s bad, and she also gives you a strategy for exactly how to do it right. Enjoy.

First read: The Sin of Originality (and the Truth about Building a Popular Blog). Note: This article opens in a new browser window so can easily come back here to read the rest of this article.

ThoughtStarter1I use a similar technique. Henneke calls it a “Swipe File,” I call it a “Thought Starter” file. It’s a great place to gather your thoughts. That is where I store my good and not-so-good ideas. It’s one of the ways to overcome what some people call writers block. I rarely have this dis-ease. It’s fun to polish a not-so-good idea into something refreshing and new.

Where do ideas come from? Everywhere! They are everywhere. To find them, you must be receptive to recognize them when they show up. When they do… immediately write the compelling ideas down or they will most likely disappear.

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” ~ Neil Gaiman

When an idea comes and you automatically discard it as not good enough or think that no one would be interested in it, that is a mistake. A good writer can make it interesting. I write down some of the most silly things thinking that perhaps later – in a different frame of mind – I might be able to reshape the idea to fit what I am writing about currently. Sometimes that idea reveals itself in a totally different way and from it springs a totally different idea. Therefore a long-dormant idea inspires a totally new one.

“People struggling with writer’s block aren’t at a loss for ideas. Many are merely dismissing their own good ideas (often because they aren’t perceived as original enough) or they don’t want to put a lot of effort into looking for ideas.” ~ Melissa Donovan

In my “Thought Starter” file, I write (in my own words) my impression of what Henneke says she puts in her “Swipe File.” That way I can never be accused of plagiarism. On occasion you may see similarities, but never a direct quote unless I credit the author. I may not use these ideas until – at some point in the future – the thought reoccurs, however the ideas are always there until I need them.

ThoughtStarter2I write something every day. I have 5 Websites and 4 blogs. Something new goes up on each of my blogs every 4th day, so I must write something everyday. Sometimes I may sit and wonder what to write about. That’s when I look over the ideas that I started in my “thought starter” file but never finished. That file kick-starts my thinking and creativity. I often cannot wait for inspiration. I have to get inspired.

I especially like what Henneke says: “No treasure of blogging jewels lies waiting to be heisted. You need to know where to look.” And you have to stop reading purely for pleasure. I agree. Instead you need to begin to “study” content. Studying refreshing content is one of the keys! So is originality! Authors need to learn to use their creative imagination more often. That’s where new, fresh and exciting ideas come from. Sometime deadlines are quite enough inspiration. 😉 Other times the proverbial “aha moment” just happens. That’s when something clicks and I must quickly return to my keyboard.

“For me, a combination of two words on a billboard, or even two colors together, or a photo, or a comment overheard in the grocery checkout aisle – all fodder for blogging. Seriously, I’ve gotten more ideas from tacky casino ads as I drive across the bridge from PA to NJ… the blog never has anything to do with the billboard itself, just a couple of the words on it. It’s odd how the strangest combination of things can turn into a new blog post. But I have to write it down quickly, ideas are ‘easy come, easy go!'” ~ Nancy

Inspiration often comes from people watching. Leo Babauta once said, “People watching. This is an interesting activity for any writer. Go to a busy public place and just sit and watch people. They’ll amuse you, inspire you, fascinate you. There’s nothing more inspiring than humanity.”

“Prodigious writers aren’t simply lucky writers. They’re active writers. They search, they think long and hard, and they write their way through dead-ends in order to arrive at promising starts.” ~ Aaron Gilbreath

Some writers write their ideas for their thought starter. I have a file in my computer labeled, “Thought Starters” and refer to it often sometimes to write a new thought and other times to retrieve an old one. I got the idea for this article after I read Henneke’s article (Hmmm, studying content again). Hope this was helpful.

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Have You Ever Had “Talker’s Block?”

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Seth Godin, Guest Author

No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.

Why then, is writer’s block endemic?

writersblockcartoonThe reason we don’t get talker’s block is that we’re in the habit of talking without a lot of concern for whether or not our inane blather will come back to haunt us. Talk is cheap. Talk is ephemeral. Talk can be easily denied.

We talk poorly and then, eventually (or sometimes), we talk smart. We get better at talking precisely because we talk. We see what works and what doesn’t, and if we’re insightful, do more of what works. How can one get talker’s block after all this practice?

Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure.

Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.

I believe that everyone should write in public. Get a blog. Or use Squidoo or Tumblr or a microblogging site. Use an alias if you like. Turn off comments, certainly – you don’t need more criticism, you need more writing.

writersblockcartoon2Do it every day. Every single day. Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.

If you know you have to write something every single day, even a paragraph, you will improve your writing. If you’re concerned with quality, of course, then not writing is not a problem, because zero is perfect and without defects. Shipping nothing is safe.

The second best thing to zero is something better than bad. So if you know you have write tomorrow, your brain will start working on something better than bad. And then you’ll inevitably redefine bad and tomorrow will be better than that. And on and on.

Write like you talk. Often.

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Copyright © 2012. Seth Godin. Seth Godin has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. Seth is the founder of The Domino Project. Check Seth’s Blog.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Like Skipping Stones Across the Water…

Filed under: Author Tips,Writers Block — Larry James @ 7:00 am

When you write, don’t wait for the right words to come. Don’t wait for inspiration. When you sit down to write don’t procrastinate. Just write. You can always edit later.

Stone skipping is a pastime which involves throwing a stone with a flattened surface across a lake or other body of water in such a way that it bounces off the surface of the water. The object of the game is to see how many times a stone can be made to bounce before sinking. Spin, speed, shape and angle are the crucial factors, with angle being the most important.

skippingstoneWhen I write I have a specific angle. I imagine that I am skipping a stone across the water. I imagine that some new thought or idea pops into my head at each skip. When the stone slowly sinks to the bottom of the pond, it becomes time to collectively focus all those relevant thoughts and spend some time putting them into words on paper. The rich entanglement of random words that comes to me are usually many of the right words that I will later edit into the right form.

Obviously thoughts and words rarely come as fast as skipping a stone across the water, however I find that I get more when I expect more. Some ideas stick and others are edited out. Some I file away for use at another time. At least I am looking for thoughts and words to write about rather than sitting there bogged down in what some call “writer’s block.”

Deepak Chopra once said, “God speaks to us in the space between our thoughts.” When I write it feels like a spiritual experience. It’s like a higher power is actively sending me the right words to write.

When you are looking to buy a house, you will notice for sale signs everywhere. If you are not in the market for a home, you seldom notice the for sale signs.

The same is true for writing. When you are actively seeking the next thought or word to add to your writings, the appropriate thoughts and words will come. If, on the other hand, you are concerned as to whether they will come, your mind is so focused on that that what you were thinking becomes your reality.

“Writing begins with language, and it is in that initial choosing, as one sifts through the wayward lushness of our wonderful mongrel English, that choice of vocabulary and grammar and tone, the selection on the palette, that determines who’s sitting at that desk. Language creates the writer’s attitude toward the particular story he’s decided to tell.” ~ Donald E. Westlake

You don’t need special talent to become a good writer. However, you must have discipline, persistence and patience and be slightly creative. You can’t force yourself to have ideas but you must be open to them. Make sure you have a dictionary and thesaurus available whenever you are writing. Join a writers’ group so you can gain support from the writing community and enjoy comradery in your craft. In Scottsdale, AZ, where I live, one group I recommend is the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers hosted by my friend, Patricia L. Brooks, President/Founder.

throw_away_paperHow do you decide which form or genre is right for you? Write about what you want to learn more about. I now have four blogs and a Website to go with each blog. I have a passionate interest in the topic of each blog. One for personal relationships, one for those interested in Weddings (brides & grooms & wedding vendors), a Business Networking blog and a blog for Authors and Speakers. Something NEW is posted on each blog every 4th day.

BLOG: http://AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.wordpress.com
Website: http://www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com
BLOG: http://www.CelebrateLove.wordpress.com
Website: http://www.CelebrateLove.com
BLOG: http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com
Website: http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com
BLOG: http://NetworkingHQ.wordpress.com
Website: http://www.TenCommitmentsofNetworking

I gather material constantly. I believe if you want to be a writer, you have to write something every day. I have files with little tidbits of information and ideas in my computer that I wrote 5 to 10 years ago but never finished. When I need ideas I often reopen those files to see if any fresh ideas come to me. It has become a great piggy bank of ideas. I’m always looking for words. I believe that is why I seldom ever experience writers block.

Always remember: for every story or article written there is a reader awaiting. By the way, practice does not make you perfect, it only makes you better! Now get busy!

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Scribble, Scribble… Write, Write!

Filed under: How to Write,Writers Block — Larry James @ 9:00 am
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I rarely have writer’s block because I “think” about writing all the time. When an idea comes to me… I write. The photo below shows a recent flash of inspiration that hit me while I was having a snack at a fast food restaurant. It’s not so important that you can see the words I scribbled, it’s important that you can see that I wrote. This is one of my peculiar and unconventional techniques to get my mind going in the right direction.

writerNOTESWhile snacking, I got an idea for my business networking blog. I was catching up on reading some mail and had a magazine nearby. I opened the magazine and began looking for something to write on. I removed the APC tear-out ad and began making some notes. When I had made notes on both sides of the card, I tore out a page and kept writing.

When I returned to my office I began to put all these scribbles together to form a new article. If I had waited until I got back to my office I probably would have lost the inspiration and most of what I jotted in my notes.

TIP: When previewing websites, magazines, billboards, newspapers, etc., look for words that trigger new thoughts (about what you are writing) and new ways to express what you need to say… in your own words, of course.

“You don’t always need to be a professional with a degree to write. All you need to start is a book of blank paper and a pen, mixed with a little emotion, inspiration and motivation anyone can use writing as a therapeutic release.” ~ Ally Hart

I have 4 blogs and something new goes up on each blog every forth day. That’s a commitment I made when I began blogging. Fresh content is king! I write every day! I have a passion for writing. I love to write. So… I write.

It takes discipline to be a writer. Commitment to being a writer makes you a writer. Stop using energy thinking about it. It takes a lot of energy to remain confused! Redirect your energy into doing it. Just do it. Walk into your office; open your computer and begin. When the ideas come you must be prepare to write them down.

“The important thing is that there should be a space of time, say four hours a day at least, when a professional writer doesn’t do anything else but write. He doesn’t have to write, and if he doesn’t feel like it he shouldn’t try. He can look out of the window or stand on his head or writhe on the floor, but he is not to do any other positive thing, not read, not write letters, glance at magazines, or write checks. Either write or nothing.” ~ Raymond Chandler, creator of Philip Marlowe and author of novels and screenplays, writing about how he gets himself to do things.

To me writing is an art form of the imagination. It’s a writers duty is to express that art form in words. Embrace the words you write, but – editorially speaking – don’t get to attached to them. I’ve often said that the teacher teaches what the teacher needs to learn. Writing is an adventure! In the research stage an author learns more about the topic and then expresses what he learns in his own words. Sometimes when I go back and read something that I have written 5 or more years ago, I am surprised by the words. It’s a great feeling to know that hopefully others have learned from what I have written.

“The biggest takeaway for anyone seeking to write is this: don’t go looking for the way other authors do their work. You won’t find many who are consistent enough to copy, and there are enough variations in approach that it’s obvious that it’s not like hitting home runs or swinging a golf club. There isn’t a standard approach, there’s only what works for you (and what doesn’t).” ~ Seth Godin

Don’t wait for inspiration. Just write. Take your time. You cannot rush the creative process.

“Stop using energy thinking about writing. Redirect energy into doing it. Just do it! Walk into your office; open your computer and start.” ~ Jane Northcote, author of “Making Change Happen

BONUS Article: It Takes “Discipline” to Be a Writer… and More!
36 Writing Tips from Successful Authors
The Sin of Originality (and the Truth about Building a Popular Blog)
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Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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