Overcoming Writing Obstacles: Frame of Mind

Part 3 of the “6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Write High-Quality Articles in Large Quantities” video series.

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as an Expert Author is getting yourself motivated to actually write. For some reason, even the most accomplished writers often struggle just to get started.

Gary is no stranger to this particular writing obstacle. Thankfully, he’s found a variety of methods for overcoming it. In this video, he shares six of his tried-and-true techniques for focusing his energy and putting himself in the right frame of mind for writing.

Invest a little over 3 minutes with Gary and you’ll come away with several tools you can use to kick-start your writing sessions and ultimately generate more high-quality original articles.

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This Video in a Nutshell:

  1. Put Yourself in the Right Mental State – Eliminate distractions so you can focus. This will allow you to focus your energy on writing articles.
  2. Reflect on Why You’re Writing Articles – Think about more clicks, sales, referrals, fame, and credibility to get yourself motivated.
  3. Use Mental Tricks – Set self-imposed deadlines and create writing games to put yourself into the right frame of mind.
  4. Use Positive Self-Thought – If you’re in a bad mood your writing will reflect it. So always have positive thoughts when writing and your article will always have a positive feel.
  5. Imagine You’re Telling a Friend – Speak out loud because that forces your brain to focus. Then quickly convert those thoughts to words in your article.
  6. Force Yourself to Write – Struggle through a writing session until you finish the article. Then put it aside and edit it later. By editing it with a fresh mind, you’ll be able to quickly turn it into a quality, traffic-getting article.

If you haven’t already tried some of these tips for yourself, test a few of them during today’s writing session. You should find at least one or two that work for you.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the ways you could put yourself in a writing frame of mind. So as always, we would love to hear your tips and suggestions for jump-starting your authoring mojo.


Gopal writes:


Brilliant stuff, Marc the great.


Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM


Donald Yerke writes:

Marc: Another winner, Gary is right on target.

These are all six I use, and the variety is needed.

Here is a 7th, I personally use:
Take a quick break and watch a 30 to 60 second info commercial. That spoken article will often convince 1,000,000 people to buy. Use that zap of motivation, and steal some key words to entice your readers and get kick started.

I enjoy and also learn new concepts. It is easy to spot a true writer from one that talks about writing.
Gary is certainly the real thing.

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM


Sonia writes:

Awesome video on setting yourself to have the right mind set for article writing…thanks for sharing!

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 12:16 PM


JimH writes:

This vid is full of simple and yet effective techniques. I also like the 7th technique Donald Yerke uses… I find that one particularly useful when copy writing. Thanks. Keep them coming.

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 1:31 PM


Russ writes:

Gary your the man.

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 1:36 PM


Michael Rupe writes:

thank you


Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 1:58 PM


Marsha writes:

This is just what I needed to get motivated again!


Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM


Ivy writes:

Wow.I’ve really been lazy about writing articles and your post helped a lot .Thanks Gary.

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM


Lisa writes:

Great stuff, as always. <3 Gary!

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM


Carla Gardiner writes:

Thank goodness, some real “meat and potatoes”. I utilized this and voila, another article.

Thanks for the inspiration:-)

Comment provided May 14, 2010 at 9:38 PM


Hans Quistorff writes:

What motivates me is when someone asks a question. Now if I can just get motivated to re package some of those answers into articles.

Comment provided May 15, 2010 at 2:32 AM


Rocky Torres writes:

Are you sure this will work. Okay, I read it. It’s good.

Comment provided May 15, 2010 at 4:52 AM


Frank Ferrari writes:

Thanks for the video and the great advice. That is getting me started to write.

Comment provided May 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM



Right on the money Gary! However, there are times when ones passion on a particular topic can be a motivating factor which drives your writing ability and the content you use.

Comment provided May 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM


Rakesh Patel writes:

Tips are really useful!

Comment provided May 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM


Sara writes:

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Comment provided May 16, 2010 at 2:08 PM


Inday Canoy writes:

Great presentation Gary, thanks!
Really helpful!

Comment provided May 17, 2010 at 6:26 AM



This is a very encouraging post. I am currently taking a writing class and one of the exercises the instructor has you do is to free write about a topic for 15 minutes with a stop watch. This has really been helpful as well.

Comment provided May 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM


Mark writes:

Hi Marc,

Distractions! Distractions! Distraction!

Distractions are the single most destructive force for any business venture, especially an online business venture.

Until you unclutter your mind you’ll never have a clear path to write quickly and well about anything, you’re sure to trip over something.

Thanks for the tip.

Comment provided July 19, 2010 at 5:00 AM


jon bone writes:

Hi sit and relax and allow yourself to imagine yourself having ideas for articles should get around your conscious blocks and distractions

Comment provided October 20, 2010 at 6:19 AM


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