5 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block

5 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block

It happens to the best of us. One day you sit down at your computer, determined to finish that next chapter, complete a project for a client, or meet a deadline for an article, when — bam! — your mind suddenly turns to mush, your creativity evaporates, and your usually seamless connection between head, heart and typing fingers takes a hiatus.

What to do when your blank computer screen stares ominously in your face while panic sets in over looming deadlines, paychecks and bills?

Here are five of my favorite ways to overcome the equality opportunity malady known as Writer’s Block:

 

1. Exercise – My favorite way to burn calories, tone muscle and release stress? Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away The Pounds DVD. See my review here. Not only will Leslie get your adrenaline pumping along with your heart (the most important muscle in the body), she’ll keep you moving with her genuine, effervescent personality, warm demeanor and radiant smile. Since she motivates others through sincere encouragement, not military-style intimidation, if you’re the kind of person who’s inspired to push your physical limits by working out with a serious-yet-nurturing coach, Leslie’s your go-to gal. My more recent favorite is Walk It Off in 30 Days, which has enabled me to reach my fitness goals. If you’re looking for something gentler, check out You Can Do Yoga.

2. Get Out In Nature – Whether you prefer the tranquil site of water, the majestic beauty of mountains, the vibrant colors of a flower garden or the breathtaking site of a towering evergreen, spending time in nature will soothe the soul and clear the creative channels. Spending at least a few minutes a day outdoors will also reconnect you to the world around you, which is especially important since writing tends to be a solitary — and sometimes lonely — activity.

 

3. Keep A Journal – A great habit to get into for many reasons, keeping a daily journal where you make note of the things you’re grateful to be, do, and have will keep your mind and spirit focused on the positive. It’s also a perfect place to “write out” all other distractions — such as the items on your To Do List, and document your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Describe your vision for your life in vivid detail in the areas of health, wealth, relationships, travel, and personal growth. Read it aloud. Feel it coming to fruition and act as if you already have it. Doing so will inspire you to complete the tasks at hand in an easy and relaxed manner, understanding that what you do in every given moment creates the life you desire.

 

4. Pray   If you believe in God, take the time to pray each day for guidance. During Lent, I use the daily meditations from The Word Among Us. I’ve also found inspiration in the Daily Word and other types of devotional books and magazines. Even if you spend only ten minutes or so before getting out of bed in the morning and retiring at night to close your eyes, give thanks, and ask for help in fulfilling your projects to the best of your ability, it will go a long way toward keeping the flow of creativity moving.

5. Phone A Friend/Relative – Sometimes when I’m really stuck and nothing else seems to work, I get up from my desk, pick up the phone, and called a loved one. Whether it’s my mother or a good friend, I reach out to someone I know for a fact supports me unconditionally and will be willing to lend an ear. In many cases, I don’t even mention the problems I’m having with completing a particular chapter or article; I just call to hear the person’s voice, find out how their day is going, and remind myself that I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many caring people. A word of caution: put a time limit on this lovely distraction so you don’t end up spending too much time away from your project. Talk with them just enough to recharge your creative batteries, then get back to work.

How do you overcome writer’s block? Share your ideas in the comments.

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6 Ways to Be a Good Internet Radio Guest

6 Ways To Be A Good Internet Radio Guest

In this age of advanced technology, it’s easier than ever to write and publish your book. No longer are any of us at the mercy of gatekeepers in traditional publishing houses who basically force authors to justify the existence of their books and jump through hoops to prove their worthiness as a contender for a traditional publishing house’s money and marketing efforts.

With independent publishing, you can bring your product to the market yourself, engage your audience, and keep 100% of your royalties. That’s the good news.

The “bad” news? The democratization of publishing means you must be willing to do what it takes to connect with your readers both in-person and online. In terms of social media, what is one of the best ways to do that? Seek out guest opportunities on internet radio programs that cater to your audience (more about that in another post).

If you’re nervous about speaking, you can relax knowing that neither the listeners, nor the host, can see you. As a radio host, I make a conscious effort to make my shows conversational, fun, and most importantly, helpful to our guests and listeners. While there is no one “magic bullet” to selling books, every effort you make to engage your audience is critical.

With that said, how can you prepare for an internet radio show, especially if you’re a newcomer?

1. Remember, No One Knows Your Material Like You – Years ago, a former boss helped me overcome my public speaking fears during a performance review when she stated “Don’t be nervous. You have the information they need.”

This holds true for authors of fiction and nonfiction. You, the author, have something of value to offer the listeners. Having spent countless hours writing, researching, editing, and revising, YOU are the authority on your work. Let that fill you with confidence as you step behind the microphone, so to speak.

2. Distill Your Book Into Talking Points – This was a tough one for me back in 2008 because my book has a seemingly endless list of themes to convey. But when I participated in Blurb! Talk Radio back in 2009, I was forced to boil it all down into a two-minute commercial, which felt like a drag at the time. But I realized the value of the experience, especially when I won the Book of the Week Award. Even if I hadn’t, I’d learned an important skill.

In your case, come up with 10-15 major takeaways (supported by examples) from your book. These are the most important points you want readers to ponder. To make this process easier, I send my guests a confirmation form which requests up to 15 questions I should pose on the air. Remember, this is all about YOU. Help me help you put you — and your work — in the best possible light.

3. Elaborate On Your Answers to Questions – As a radio host I can tell you there is nothing worse than a guest who gives short, one-sentence answers. Not only is it exhausting trying to keep a 50-minute interview entertaining when the guest cannot articulate thoughtful answers, it’s boring for the listeners. I once interviewed a highly successful, award-winning author who simply could not discuss her work comfortably and allow her personality to shine through. If it felt like a chore to me, I can only imagine how the listeners felt. If you follow suggestions one and two above, this one should be much easier to accomplish.

4. Be You – Since your book is a reflection of who you are, listeners want to get to know you on some level. During the interview, just be yourself. Don’t take this too seriously; view it as an opportunity to practice communicating your ideas, reach a broader readership, and yes, have a good time.

5. Dial In Early – Depending on the hosting platform, you’ll have at least a few minutes to call in and speak to the host or producer before going live. This provides an opportunity to perform a sound-check, and gives you, the author/guest a chance to relax a bit before the show. On the day of your interview, call in early to ensure the best possibly quality and your peace of mind.

6. Have Fun – Finally, just enjoy it. No one expects perfection from internet radio — and Lord knows I’ve had my fair share of technical snafus during any given broadcast. Don’t take it all too seriously. If your call drops, just dial back in; if you mess up an answer, be willing to laugh about it.

Do you have more questions about how to be a good guest? Need help with indie publishing?

Contact me here.

 

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Above and Below This Reality on The Writestream with Daria Anne

Above and Below This Reality on The Writestream with Daria Anne

Please join me on Wednesday, November 15 at 11 AM Eastern when I interview author Melynda Pearce about her new book, Above and Below This Reality: The Lost Encrypted Knowledge:

What is the lost encrypted Knowledge? Why has it been deliberately withheld from humanity? In her groundbreaking metaphysical book Above and Below This Reality: The Lost Encrypted Knowledge, author Melynda Pearce reveals the illusion of this man-made reality and takes readers to a deeper level of spiritual insightExpand your mind and free your spirit as she describes the Laws of Alchemy, the Christ Consciousness, and the power of the mind in clear, simple terms, based on her own Near Death Experience and astral travels where she met Christ and agreed to fulfill her purpose. With Earth’s inevitable Third Peril upon us, every human being must understand the truth of our cells and the blueprint within our DNA to save our souls from the desolation of the buffer zone and spend eternity in the Higher Realm. In her book, Pearce shares crucial information and loving guidance designed to help every man and woman achieve a higher state of consciousness with the Feminine God and enter the Higher Realm upon transitioning into spirit to reunite with their soul for eternity.

Preview and purchase the book on Amazon.com.

About Melynda

Melynda Pearce is sharing her journey leading to her awakening and seeking her grand purpose for being alive in this current life cycle. “In order to raise the human consciousness I am being  prompted  to seek and unleash hidden knowledge that existed in my cells from countless life cycles ago. The greatest desire of my existence is to share this love and knowledge with all beings from all cultures and walks of life. There is no better time then the present to utilize the ability to exercise critical thinking.”

To stream the episode, click here. Or dial (347) 945-7246 to listen by phone. Press “1” if you would like to ask a question. We’re live at 11 AM Eastern on Wednesday, November 15.

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The Writestream with Daria Anne Welcomes Author K.B. Jensen

The Writestream with Daria Anne Welcomes Author K.B. Jensen

Please join me on Wednesday, October 25 at 11 AM Eastern when I welcome bestselling author K.B. Jensen to The Writestream:

K.B. Jensen is a bestselling author, publishing consultant with My Word Publishing, fiction editor and ski instructor. Her first book, Painting With Fire, an artistic murder mystery, hit the bestseller list for crime novels on Amazon and has been downloaded more than 70,000 times. Her newer book, A Storm of Stories, veers into more literary territory with themes of love, craziness and impossibility. K.B. grew up in Minneapolis and recently moved from Chicago to Littleton, CO., with her husband, daughter and rescued border collie/lab mix. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching downhill skiing and traveling the world. For more information, visit www.kbjensenauthor.com.

To stream the episode, click here. Listen by phone at (347) 945-7246.

Visit www.writestreamradio.com for the full programming line-up and host bios.

UPDATE: Missed the live interview? Click to listen.

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