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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 December 30, 2018

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

This article is the 2nd in the 6-part series, Lifehack Challenge: Become An Early Riser In 5 Days.

If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

So how to become an early riser?

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Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

1. Choose to get up before you go to sleep

You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

No more! If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before. Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

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Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

2. Have a plan for your extra time

Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day? If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed. You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

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3. Make rising early a social activity

While there’s obvious value in joining a Lifehack Challenge in order to get you started as an early riser, your internet buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am? The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

4. Don’t use an alarm that makes you angry

If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning? I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

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When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

5. Get your blood flowing right after waking

If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5am you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head. Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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