Overcoming Writer’s Block

In the world of eBook publishing, trying to produce an actual book-length product can sometimes be difficult, due in part to that nasty phenomenon known as writer’s block. When you are trying to produce a book to share your expertise and skills with others, writer’s block can become your worst enemy. The only way that you’re going to get this piece published is to push past your writer’s block.

If pushing past writer’s block was something that was easy, writers wouldn’t suffer from it as often or as long. Whether you’re writing for eBook publishing or for physical publishing purposes, writer’s block can shut your great idea down cold. In order to get around it, you first have to face the fact that writer’s block is what has you stumped.

For many authors, admitting that they are suffering from writer’s block is viewed as being akin to giving up. Rather than assuming that your entire project is finished, you need to understand that this is only a minor setback in eBook publishing.

When you are faced with writer’s block, there are a number of tactics to get over this hurdle. One approach is to stop trying to continue writing. We know it sounds odd, but anything that you produce at this point is only going to make the problem worse. Stop working on your eBook publishing project, and take a short break. Read a book or some blog posts about your topic, take a walk, or go hang out with your friends and just relax. Many cases of writer’s block occur simply because you’ve been working too hard and need a legitimate break.

Once your brain has had a chance to truly relax for an hour or so, it’s time to return to your eBook publishing project. Rather than begin writing at this point, review what you have already written to see if there is a specific point where your writing just feels like it has gone wrong. Often, cases of writer’s block happen because you have deviated from your original writing plan, and your brain is now refusing to make amends and get back on track.

Even if this isn’t the case, reviewing your work to the point of writer’s block may help you get your mind back on track, spurring your creativity and helping you to remember where you wanted to go with your writing. Be prepared to take notes throughout your review process, and write down anything that comes to mind, however absurd it may sound at the time. You never know, you may just stumble onto the next great eBook publishing topic while you’re brainstorming your way through writer’s block.

If these steps haven’t resolved your writer’s block problem, you might try typing anything that comes into your head, just to get words down on a piece of paper. That may relax your mind enough to enable your train of thought to return. Draw a diagram of what you want to write about that you haven’t covered yet. There’s a handy tool called Visuwords (www.visuwords.com) where you type a word into the search box and it generates a diagram of definitions, synonyms, related terms. This visual stimulation can open up your mind to new ideas. Finally, try talking out what you want to accomplish in your eBook to a friend, to a dog or even just to yourself. Hearing yourself verbalize your thoughts might help move you past your writing block.

Writer’s block happens to many authors. The key is to try different things to be able to get back to writing as soon as possible. If there are particular techniques that work for you, please share them with us.

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