When Inspiration Leaves you, Use These Secrets to Get Back in the Flow

If your inspiration is blocked, use these ideas to get back in the flow.

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What’s the single biggest impediment to creating great business content? Most people will say “writer’s block.” But they’re wrong. Forget the image of the tortured artist throwing pages of wadded up type in the trash. Professional writers will tell you there is no such thing as a literal “block.” Furthermore, the deeper you get in the writing profession, the less you can afford to lose productivity by getting hung up in angst.

But regardless of what the barrier is, if you’re feeling blocked, it’s an issue. This week I spoke with Dr. Angela Lauria, founder and CEO of The Author Incubator, who has worked with hundreds of authors, helping them to write and publish best-selling books and has written numerous books of her own. From that experience, she offers the following recommendations on the best ways to get unstuck and to use the energy that’s been holding you back to start propelling you forward.

1. Call it what it is.

2. Give yourself a prompt and a time.

Identify how many words you wrote, such as 250 words, and double it. The doubled sum is your words per minute rate, (i.e. 500 words per hour). According to Lauria, you should be writing at least 80 percent of that rate. So in this example if you’re not writing 400 words per hour, it’s a sign you are blocked.

3. Acknowledge “I have writer’s block because I’m writing at less than my optimal rate.”

4. Ask yourself, “What is the message I am trying to convey?”

5. Step away from your computer.

It is extremely important, she stresses, to do whatever you’re doing with the intention of going back to work. When you come back to your computer, open the document and see how the message from your inner author has changed. With your head now clear from distraction, you will get a more concrete vision of what needs to be done.

6. Visualize the result.

If you’d like to examine these ideas further you can go to this link to hear Dr. Lauria’s full podcast in detail. Clearly her ideas hold merit. In addition to supporting hundreds of writers and coaches on the process of developing and publishing books, she has authored more than two dozen books of her own since 1994.

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Cheryl Snapp Conner

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Cheryl Snapp Conner is founder and CEO of SnappConner PR and creator of Content University™. She is a popular speaker, author and columnist.

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Cheryl Snapp Conner is founder and CEO of SnappConner PR and creator of Content University™. She is a popular speaker, author and columnist.

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning.

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