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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Steps To Salvation is Published!

After almost four years of collaboration, research, writing and editing Shlomo Attia’s novel Steps To Salvation is now published on Lulu.com!

 

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Florida Author’s Debut Novel: New Age Fantasy with a Constitutional Twist

New Book, Steps to Salvation, inspired by author’s Near Death Experience, reveals his practical vision for worldwide limited government, fulfills his promise to the angels ‘to go back and finish his work’.

In his first book, Steps to Salvation, Israeli born-and-raised Shlomo Attia – a resident of South Florida since 1990 — redefines the concept of Salvation and incorporates his own Near Death Experience into a thought-provoking journey through history.

Set in the year 2412 in Arusha Africa, this fantasy novel tells the story of how a terrorist attack at the G20 Summit in 2012 sends twelve world leaders to The Other Side where God’s selected project manager Moses and a cast of Ascended Masters and Advanced Souls give them their assignment: bring Salvation to Earth.

These familiar Biblical and historical figures also provide practical solutions for vital industries like food, medicine, energymoney and real estate.

Since Israel has been isolated for several years prior to the Salvation Twelve’s arrival in heaven, innovative Prime Minister Eyal Grad reveals the success of Israel’s many advancements and accepts the responsibility of helping his colleagues implement similar policies in their respective countries.

In one of its most “controversial” aspects, Steps to Salvation champions the concepts of one God for all and soul reincarnation while criticizing man-made religion for creating incessant conflict throughout the End Days. It also features an Armageddon War during which The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is replaced with a replica of the ancient King Herod Temple.

At the war’s conclusion, the Armageddon Commission metes out punishment for 500 families – descendants of the world’s biggest evildoers, elitists and racists including Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Charles Tudor, Nathan Rothschild, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton: a forced relocation to the Arusha Race Unity Region for the Race Unity Experiment.

Here they’ll spend the next 400 years atoning for the sins of their ancestors and restoring their names to goodness. When Step One opens in the year 2412 in Mr. Bauer’s history class, a group of seniors are about to take the Steps to Salvation oral exam, which will measure their knowledge and determine whether or not they will graduate, end the Race Unity Experiment, and embark upon a trip around the world to discover how Salvation Time works in various countries and continents.

“During the End Days, the animal nature of man was in control of his spiritual nature, making life on earth hell for ordinary, hard-working people. My book represents the triumph of man’s spiritual nature over his animal nature and provides practical solutions for making life easier for everyone, including my idea for a Citizens Lottery System designed to reward good behavior and circulate money locally for the benefit of all,” Attia explains.

Well-researched and rife with historical events and people, Steps to Salvation is already receiving rave reviews from a variety of critics, one of whom, author Renee Gatz states, “The book contains all the hot-button issues of the day and promises to educate, inspire and based on your personal beliefs could raise your ire, cause you to cheer or find areas of agreement and disagreement. There will be much to discuss and debate at your next book group meeting.”

One of Attia’s passions is inspiring everyday people to stand up to powerful interests and fight for their God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Aside from encouraging readers to learn from history, his novel presents a vision of a world in which political dynasties are forbidden, politicians are humble pencil-pushers and lawyers are nothing more than lowly administrators.

It also showcases practical reforms to the justice system, global travel, cinema and the gold industry through its concept of positive capitalism. To read a synopsis of Steps to Salvation visit www.shlomoattia.wordpress.com.

About the authorShlomo Attia is an entrepreneur, spiritual seeker, and the owner and manager of a commercial appliance installation and service company in South Florida. He’s also an engineer who builds prototypes for small businesses. Born and raised in Tel Aviv Israel with a natural curiosity, a passion for learning and a desire to contribute to the betterment of the world, he’s always been an avid student.

Steps to Salvation is the first in a series of books he plans to write in order to achieve his goal of helping everyday people thrive in a system of positive capitalism and limited government. He is available for interviews and speaking engagements. For more information, visit www.shlomoattia.wordpress.com and follow him on twitter @ShlomoAttia and on his Facebook Page Shlomo Attia, Author.

 

 

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New Edition of Cherry Tigris book ‘Toilet Paper People’

Author Cherry Tigris.

Author Cherry Tigris.

Last year I interviewed inspiring role-model and author Cherry Tigris about her memoir of child abuse and survival, Toilet Paper People. Recently, she released a new edition and was kind enough to include a portion of my book review on the front cover. Here’s a description from Cherry’s Amazon Page:

Building armies of dolls out of toilet paper, Cherry Tigris refuses to succumb to a life of beatings and neglect at the hands of her mentally ill adoptive mother. Opting to fight back in the only way she knows how, Cherry Tigris creates a fantasy world of lovers and fighters who will distract her from a brutally unforgiving childhood of broken promises. While learning life’s most crucial lessons at the hands of her toilet paper people, Cherry Tigris develops an unwavering spirit and true grit that is wowing every spine it touches.

 

If you missed my Writestream interview with the author, click below to listen.

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Writestream Updates

Due to my new, crazy schedule and (thank you, God!) another cool social media contract, I’m taking a bit of a break from hosting Writestream Tuesday. Those of you who host or have hosted internet radio programs in the past know how much of a time commitment is involved if you want to create and produce the very best programming possible. For me it’s a minimum of five hours per week between booking guests, writing up the show on Blog Talk Radio, setting up Facebook events, promoting the show on twitter and other places, researching the guest, reading their book (or at least as much as possible) and then finally sitting down to devote as many as two hours to the actual broadcast.

It’s fun, worthwhile and interesting….but it’s also a time drain. And since my new contract involves representing an entirely new industry via social media engagement, for at least the next month I must take a break from hosting to immerse myself fully in this new challenge. Hey, gotta pay the bills, right? 😉

Fortunately, I have a large circle of talented friends who not only know how to write and produce high-quality books but also how to broadcast entertaining podcasts for your listening pleasure. Last week, prolific author Declan Finn pinched hit with an excellent interview with gifted science fiction author Karina Fabian. If you missed it, click below to listen.

Current Writing Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Writestream on BlogTalkRadio

This coming Tuesday will be a re-run of my interview with Liberty Island authors Jamie K. Wilson and Griff Griffis — who will be teaming up with the multi-talented Kia Heavey for Writestream Tuesday on June 10 to discuss all things pertaining to writing, reading and publishing. Then on June 17, Amy Lynn author Jack July will do the honors behind the Writestream Tuesday microphone. The following week’s program on June 24 will be hosted by Military Monday’s John D. Gresham. He will welcome guests Judy Heise of the Naval Institute Press and Nichole Schiele of Quarto Publishing Group USA.

I hope you’ll tune in throughout the month of June for Writestream Tuesday and thank all of my guest hosts for their help!

P.S. My first live airdate as Writestream host will be Tuesday, July 29. Stay tuned. 🙂

 

 

 

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