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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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Published on July 9, 2019

The Power of Tapping into Your Hidden Creativity

The Power of Tapping into Your Hidden Creativity

Despite what you might have been taught — everyone can be creative.

It’s too easy to think of creativity as just being reserved for musicians, artists and writers. In reality, creativity can be used in all jobs and in all areas of life.

I’m referring to creative traits such as thinking outside the box, finding new solutions to old problems, and combining two ideas to invent a new one.

For example, think of Henry Ford. He gave people automobiles, when at that time, they probably just wanted faster horses!

And, then there is Elon Musk. He found a workable solution to the problem of congested roads in towns and cities — the Hyperloop! This is an underground tunnel system that is designed to connect major conurbations using clean, ultra-fast capsules that can carry passengers, cars and freight. In the case of cars — Musk envisages elevators taking the cars down to the tunnel system. Ingenious.

As a final example, I want to tell you about Saltwater Brewery in Florida. They’ve created six-pack rings that are edible by marine life. So instead of the six-pack rings ending up in the ocean and killing sea creatures, these rings actually feed them. They’re made from the by-products of beer brewing, and contain either barley or wheat, and are not just safe for fish to eat — but humans can eat them too!

Let’s turn now to see how improving your creativity can improve your life.

Creativity Will Improve Your Outlook

As a Psychology Today article reveals, people who practice everyday creativity (like finding new ways to work, preparing meals and solving crosswords) share personality traits with those we regard as ‘genuinely’ creative, such as: artists, designers and musicians.[1]

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The shared traits include:

• Curiosity

• Drive

• Open-mindedness

• Persistence

• Positivity

Some studies also suggest that people who regularly indulge in creative pursuits are less judgmental and more flexible.

It’s no wonder then, that there is a proven link between creativity and enhanced mental health (this could be due to creative thinkers’ superior problem-solving skills).[2]

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I hope I’ve said enough to convince you that exploring your creative side can improve your outlook on life.

So what’s the best way to get creative? 

Boost your confidence.

When you have ample self-confidence, you won’t be afraid to try new things and to break out of your comfort zone. Both of these things will put you in touch with your inner creative genie — who’s just waiting to work their magic on your behalf!

But, how can you boost your confidence? 

…by constantly facing and overcoming challenges.

Creativity Will Increase Opportunities

Creative individuals often notice more opportunities in life.

How come?

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Because they’ve learned how to find a way to turn any obstacle into an opportunity by tackling it from another angle. They’re also more likely to SEE the opportunity in the first place, just by having an open mind; whereas someone who is not tapping into their creativity may miss these hidden opportunities. 

For example, one of my friends recently lost his job as a senior administrator for an insurance company. He’d worked there for more than 10 years, and although he wasn’t excited by the job, it paid his bills.

When he was told that his job was to go, he was initially shocked and knocked off track. However, my friend is a resilient and creative soul, and within a few days, he’d formulated a plan to not only secure a new job, but also to make a positive change in his career. He did this by taking his administrator skills and his deep knowledge of finance and insurance and turning himself into a business consultant.

It’s still early days for him, but he’s already secured several clients, and I predict his new career will be a happy and successful one.

If you feel stuck in a rut, then try some (or all) of these things to break yourself free:

• Get moving – yes, staying still is staying stuck; moving is getting unstuck!

• Look for the positives – when you do this, you’ll open the door to opportunities.

• Start small – you don’t necessarily need to make a big jump; instead, you can make small changes that create an unstoppable forward trend.

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Creativity Gives You Freedom to Mess Up

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

I love that quote, as it cleverly demonstrates that creativity is all about experimentation. And, experimentation often means making mistakes!

If you’ve ever watched a graphic designer at work, you’ll notice one thing: they’re constantly changing things until they get the look and feel that they desire.

That’s how most creative people work. They keep trying new and different things until they have that aha moment.

So how about you? 

Are you currently afraid to try new things? Perhaps because you’re worried about losing face? 

If you are, then you’re holding back your creative potential. To unleash it, I recommend throwing caution to the wind and pushing yourself through your self-created mental barriers.

Once you’ve learned to have thoughts and ideas that are free from your current conditioning, then you’ll have learned the secret to living a creative life.

We all have creativity within us. And, by adopting the suggestions above, you can tap into this hidden force for good. When you do that, your life will take on a new trajectory — one that leads to happiness, fulfillment and success.

Featured photo credit: William Iven via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Psychology Today: Everyday Creativity
[2] CNN: A Creative Life is a Healthy Life

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