The Writer’s Block Remedy

Girl with writer's block

I wish curing writer’s block was as easy as grabbing a prescription from the pharmacy.

What’s a girl (or guy) to do when the creative juices won’t flow?

Unfortunately, writer’s block is something that comes and goes at its leisure. Although I would love to chase it and beat it down with a stick, I ‘ve learned not to fight it. Writer’s block tells my brain to take a break and naturally allows me to find inspiration. There are times when I write and my fingers tap like they’re on speed, but then there are times where I’ve got nothing. During those times when nothing comes to mind, there are a few actions I take.

-Freewrite: Sometimes writer’s block comes because you’re putting too much pressure on the project. I love freewriting because you just write with no ending goal. Run on sentences, fragments, and misspelled words are welcomed.

-Listen to Music: Music is a great relaxer. Most of time when I’m writing, I’m also listening to music. You may hear a line from a song and find inspiration there. The song may remind you of a certain memory in your life which may spark a lot of ideas. Next time your brain is stuck in a rut, turn on the Pandora.

-Take a Break: Sometimes all you need to do is nothing. Forgetting all about the assignment and letting your mind stray can be a good thing. Stop what you’re doing, and temporarily let it go .

Jon Morrow offers 27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block. It’s definitely worth the read.

The Lazy Freelancer’s Guide to Getting a Contract Signed

lazy dog wearing rollers and eating muffins

I hope my use of “lazy” in the headline didn’t offend you. I promise there’s a good reason behind my word choice.

When I landed my first freelance client, I was so excited. We discussed all the details over the phone, and I promised her a written contract and NDA. After drafting the documents, I spent a huge amount of time printing, signing, scanning and emailing them to her. My process went a little like this…

1. Create documents with specific terms

2. Print completed documents

3. Sign printed documents

4. Scan/upload signed documents

5. Email signed(by me) documents to client for their signature

6. Wait for client to sign and return documents

After taking these steps with my first client, I knew there had to be an easier way. After researching a few options,  I decided to try Adobe EchoSign. I actually discovered it through another freelancer’s blog (can’t recall the name). I’ve included the link, so you can explore their website. I’ve used EchoSign on one client, and I’m in love. My process has been reduced to 3 clicks. EchoSign works for both small and large businesses, and they have a pricing structure based on your needs. I’m signed up for the free structure, but there is a limited amount of contracts I can upload a month. If you want to quickly get contracts to clients with no hassle, I strongly recommend it.

Being an entrepreneur has definitely been a learning process for me, and I’m always looking for apps and resources to make it easier!

What system do you use to get contracts signed?