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Blog your way through Writer’s Block

Blog your way through Writer’s Block

Blogging is all the rage at the moment and it’s being used in many different ways. Businesses are using blogs as a way to drive traffic to their websites and inform readers of new products, services or special offers they currently have. Individuals are blogging everything from the milestones in their child’s life to share with family and friends, to the minutiae of their everyday lives – rather like recording events in a journal but sending it out across cyberspace. For writers however, a blog can be more than a way of recording life’s events, it can be tool to help get over the worst hiccup in the writing profession – writer’s block.

Writer’s block hits most writers at one time or another. Usually it happens quite unexpectedly and at the most inconvenient time possible! It doesn’t matter how long a writer tries to force themselves to continue working on their writing project, once writer’s block takes hold, the project grinds to a halt until the block is released and the creative muse can start working once again. Blogging can help this process in a number of ways.

Firstly, writing a blog entry doesn’t require any special thought process or concentration. It isn’t an especially creative process. A writer can just log into their blog site, start a new entry and type about whatever comes into their mind. It could be about how they feel about the writer’s block making them get behind in their work schedule; it could be about the project itself; it might be about something completely unrelated such as a memory triggered by the weather. All that is important is that words start flowing onto the screen, trying to release whatever is causing the writer’s block.

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Secondly, the blog entry can be about something that’s in the news, or someone on the street; an opinion which may be the start of another article, or a letter to the local newspaper. If the writer is a fiction writer, then the blog could be used to write down ideas for how this news item could be used in the current plot – or whether it is something that starts an entire new novel idea formulating on the screen. It doesn’t matter what it is, all that matters is that the muse starts moving.

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Lastly, the blog could be a record of the writer’s block journey itself. Each time writer’s block occurs, the writer opens the blog and makes a record of what they were doing at the time the block occurred, what time it was, and what they think caused it. Keeping a record of this might not only reactivate the muse into working through the block, but it might also start to show any similarities that occur between the episodes of writer’s block.

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Blogging is something that can be done for fun or money, for personal gain or individual satisfaction, but if a writer can use it successfully to release their creativity from writer’s block, then a blog is an invaluable tool that every writer should consider setting up.

Katie-Anne Gustafsson spent many years in business administration before becoming a WAHM where she learned many of the organisational skills and tools she needs to effectively balance the demands for her daily life.

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Last Updated on October 9, 2018

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

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