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5 Writing Tactics For People Who Think They Can’t Write

5 Writing Tactics For People Who Think They Can’t Write

Whether you’re a cubicle dweller, a student, a business person, or a CEO, there comes a time in your life that requires you to write. if you’re currently on one now, these strategies will help you unblock your writer’s block.

1. Ditch the “I’m just not a writer” syndrome.

Everybody has enough potential to write. Persistently contradicting this is just a convenient excuse. Instead, do the opposite. Tell yourself–“I can write” and you’ll give yourself a shot in the arm.

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2. Write messy drafts.

If you aim to produce flawless lines right away, you’ll work in fear. Go ahead and scribble all your thoughts. Just let go. Don’t think of grammar, punctuation, or structure yet. The important thing is, you can record what is in your mind. Think–baby steps. Don’t expect to be able to write good paragraphs upon hitting your keyboard. You’ll be more overwhelmed if you do this. After producing a draft, you can go back and revise all you want.

3. Converse with yourself–orally (Just make sure no one hears you doing it!) 

It’s much easier for many of us to chat with a friend over a Cup O’ Joe than to compose a business proposal (even if the details of the dialogue is the business proposal itself). Generally, in chitchats, it’s accepted that we correct our mistakes as we talk. It’s wise to give yourself this kind of freedom when writing. If that is even hard to accomplish, converse with yourself orally just to get your thoughts out into a nice flow.

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4. Re-position words, sentences, paragraphs on your draft like puzzle pieces.

The nice thing about writing on a computer is that you can move words and phrases with minimal effort. With this thought alone, I’m sure you’ll find it easier to get into your writing flow.

In case you’re overwhelmed with too much ideas bumping each other around in your brain, put those ideas onto paper, one by one. Accomplish this step by using a system that’s a cross between a simple list notes and an organized outline. Next, slowly dive into your list, turning concepts into sentences, then sentences into paragraphs. While doing this, don’t worry about forgetting critical stuff.

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5. Summarize your points.

When composing a sales pitch, a business proposal, or a just a simple speech of introduction, the gist of the matter is, you do your assignment–research and know exactly what you need to communicate. If you struggle to write, it could mean, you’re confused about some details of your work. If you’re having this predicament, the solution is brevity. Go for shorter phrases and sentences. You’ll have a better chance of producing a concise, well written piece with this strategy.

Original Source: 8 Writing Strategies for People Who Say They Can’t Write by  CATHERINE CLIFFORD via Entrepreneur.com

Featured photo credit: Writer’s block/Adam Lyon via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

Featured photo credit: Luke Chesser via unsplash.com

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