Overcoming writer’s block (my experience)

Most likely you think a customer experience manager has nothing to do with a creative profession (or even a vocation) of a writer. However, it’s not really true. In my everyday activities there are many including writing in some way or another. There were times I could not write a word and never really could explain this to myself.

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak

The problem with a white page is more common than you may think it is. It can catch even the greatest of us. If Ernest Hemingway had tough times trying to write few lines, there’s nothing wrong with you struggling with a simple article about the latest products in god knows what industry.

Every single piece of writing takes a lot and it’s ok. But there are situations you can’t really spend few hours scrutinizing every single word. Then there should exist some special tips how to write both well and efficiently. What I do when my creative energy is about to end:

  1. Make a plan. A good plan takes time to make but minimizes the time to spend on writing itself. Ask any decent copywriter and he will explain you the importance of a good plan. First, think of nice headline and lead. If you feel they are perfect, then go on with titles for the article’s paragraphs. Now that you have it all done, it’s time to start writing.
  2. Do something with a white page. Yeah, it sound funny but you actually are afraid of a white page because it’s so clean and neat. Write or even draw something to make it not so beautiful and, literally, more convenient for your modest piece of writing.
  3. Morning pages are a must. I learnt about the morning pages in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s way. A great book and a wonderful piece of advice for everyone, not only for those who make a living by writing. What are the morning pages? This is a special practice of writing three standard pages every single morning aimed at personal fulfilment. The trick is to write without actually trying right before your ego wakes up. The practice awakes creative energy making you more effective not only in writing but also in your regular activities.
  4. Write essays. The difference between the morning pages and essays is evident. Essay is a sort of short composition on particular subject. I tend to choose a simple one I’m interested in (music, literature, human science, etc.). Your main task is to develop the chosen subject as well as you can. Personally, I don’t make a plan for an essay. Why? The beauty of an essay is that it doesn’t really require following strict rules. It’s your point of view on something you may have been cherishing for a long time already or just started exploring.
  5. Keep in touch with your professional community. Sometimes the problem with the writer’s block is caused by a plain lack of information. The fastest way to get news is to keep in touch with the professional community you belong to. We in Rosberry try to stay tuned all the time. You can’t even imagine how useful and fulfilling these communications can be both for a regular manager and a CEO of a big company.

The most important thing you have to understand right now is that you can’t always be equally effective. There are bad days, there are gloomy days you can’t even think of writing. But you can try these simple tips to overcome the writer’s block and believe in yourself for once.