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.

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13 Quotes to Inspire Writers

Inspiration
 
“Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business when you will be the only one who does. Take heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong, distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous. But in the end, only the strong survive.”– Jayne Ann Krentz
 
“This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are.” – Terry Brooks
 
“It’s never too late–in fiction or in life–to revise.” – Nancy Thayer
 
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
 
“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.” – Seth Godin
 
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” -Ernest Hemingway
 
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh
 
“You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job.” – Nora Roberts
 
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Betty Ford
 
“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” – Hayes
 
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” Neil Gaiman
 
“Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.” – Mike Rich
 
“Write what you know. Write what you want to know more about. Write what you’re afraid to write about.” – Cec Murphy

The Reason Why You Can’t Write

 

Imperfection

I’m a Freelance Writer, but aren’t we all? While I would love to think my profession is exclusive and only open to some, it’s open to everyone. Even you! You have the ability to write, but the reason you can’t write is because you’re seeking perfection. There is nothing wrong with perfection, but this is a major barrier for people who want to start writing. It use to be a huge barrier for me.

Perfection happens after you start. Perfection happens after you practice. Perfection happens after you become willing to learn.

Businesses, building structures, and novels start as a draft. Before it’s a draft, it is an idea. There is so much pressure out there about the importance of content and content marketing causing us to forget what’s really important. If you want to write, my advice to you is to just start. Let go of the perfection concept long enough to get 300 words on the paper.

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?