Writer’s Block Woes …
You’re staring at a blank screen, ready to tear your hair out.
You type a few words – almost reaching a full sentence – only to delete it, again and again.
You had an incredible idea while you were in the shower, but now you can’t remember it.
You would be able to write if you could just get the title right.
You’re stuck in the middle, completely unsure where to go.
You’re bored; that is, you share the same enthusiasm as a rock.
You’re searching for that perfect word, but it’s stuck on the tip of your tongue.
You would write, but that noise from the next room won’t let you to focus.
You think the lighting, the chair, or even the room itself isn’t conducive to writing.
You sit down to write, but end up watching cat videos instead.
Any of these writing pains sound familiar? Don’t worry:
There’s an easy solution to overcome these common writing obstacles.
Watch this quirky video to discover the The Ultimate Cure for Writer’s Block:
Being a Mom Is the Toughest Job on Earth … But It’s Also Rewarding!
Wish you had more free time to be available for your child?
Wish you didn’t feel like you were sacrificing your family for your own professional ambition?
Wish you could balance it all: work, family, and goals?
Check out these great tips we collected from Expert Authors and our working moms on the EzineArticles team.
20 Tips From and For Working Moms
- It’s okay. There’s never a perfect balance. While spending time with your kids, you will inevitably think you should be spending more time working. While working, you will likely think you should be spending time with your kids. Set aside these thoughts and be in your present – on your kids, on your writing, or on the task.
- Drop the guilt. You cannot do it all, but you can do your best by focusing on what’s important to you. If you have feelings of guilt, consider why, what reasonably can be done about it, and create a plan to alleviate that guilt.
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- When you work for yourself, how do you judge if you’re successful? #writers pic.twitter.com/UWKsU7WBxm
- Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone and view an issue from another person’s perspective.
- Let the true you shine through in your articles. Your readers will latch on. #author #heart pic.twitter.com/BkCYukqoDX
- Be solution driven. Treat the disease, not the symptom by targeting the origin of the problem.
- A mistake is only a failure if you don’t learn from it. #motivation #quote pic.twitter.com/qBhsaOG30z
Want to connect with your audience?
Be a sponge:
Expert Author articles, books by famous authors, books by not-so-famous authors, news articles by ground-breaking journalists, posts by leading bloggers, and more – read everything and anything you can get your hands on. Thumb through celebrated periodicals and even divulge in a little guilty pleasure by browsing through those tabloids waiting at most checkouts – whatever you do read, absorb it and reflect on what you read.
These reflections will help you understand an author’s approach as well as the nuances and tricks of writing a convincing story that engages readers. And you need engaged readers who are compelled by your writing. A compelled reader will want more of what you offer by continuing from your article and on to your website because you’ve resonated with their needs and interests by striking a chord with them.
Without an engaged audience, you’ll be a one-man band playing out-of tune to an empty room.
Read to be engaged and engage others!
Too scared to hit submit? Relief is here.
Some people’s 20 minutes to craft an article may take you 5 or 6 days – and that’s not even including the days waiting during the article review process.
No matter how hard you try, you wonder: “Can I write articles? Is all of this time spent writing and editing worth my time? Is there a better way to get a ROI with article writing?”
Being an expert does not equate being a professional writer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your insights and experiences in articles. All it says is that you lack the skill set of professional writers to efficiently edit your own work, which in turn helps you avoid article rejection or embarrassing errors from slipping through. As a result, you exchange “fear of rejection” with “aim for perfection” and end up losing so much of your time that would be better spent adding value and increasing your bottom line.
Help – that will save you time, energy, and fear – is on its way with a great new service.
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What Do Writing and Earth Day Have in Common? Green!
You make an impact on the world with your writing, so why not take it a step further by making a positive impact on your environment, too?
Check out these 21 ways to go green with your article writing efforts!
How much paper are you tossing every week? According to the EPA, paper makes up 27 percent of our trash and much of it can still be recycled.*
In addition to recycling paper products, here are 6 tips you can use to save some of that paper from making it to the trash.
- Print less by going digital with an eReader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc.) for books and other reference materials.
- Cancel the delivery of hard-copy periodicals and switch to online-only subscriptions.
- Stop junk mail from reaching your door.**
- Print less paper by using the “print on both sides” feature of your printer.
- Use post-consumer recycled content (PCR) paper (recycled paper).
- Get more out of your smartphone or tablet by downloading task reminder apps for notes, lists, and brainstorms.
Start Building Toward the Future You Want
You want to write because you know that it’s an incredible tool to build exposure and leverage your authority as an expert in your niche.
So you sit down to write, but you find yourself distracted. Or your find yourself putting it off, excusing this writing session for other tasks. Whatever the story is, you’re not getting any closer to meeting your writing goal.
This is a similar story for all of those people who wanted to exercise, learn a new language, play the piano, or pick up some other fulfilling task that will either help them meet professional or personal goals.
“Here’s what you’ve got to do,” the gurus say. “You’ve got to make writing a habit. Simply drum up the discipline, write for 21 days straight and voila! You’ve started a new habit and are well on your way to success.”
Here’s the rub: What happens when you lose steam and stop because that habit didn’t stick?
Everyone can recommend a strategy that has worked for them, but the fact of the matter is that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” strategy. You need to find a strategy that works for you.
Let’s do just that – let’s build a habit that sticks.
You May Be Turning Off Your Screens, But You’ll Be Turning On Your Life!
It’s Screen-Free Week! Also known as Digital-Detox Week and TV-Turnoff Week, this is an annual international event to encourage everyone to turn off their screens and “turn on life.”
Consider how much of your days are sucked up by constantly checking your text messages, voice mail, email, social media notifications, news feeds, so on and so forth – all because you just can’t bear to miss something. Then add that to the amount of time you watch television.
12 Hours (Maybe More) of Media per DAY
Last year, it was reported the time spent per day with major media by adults averaged 12 hours and 5 minutes every day.* Granted, much of that may have been spent connected to devices while at work, but that only accounts for an average of 8.4 hours a day on a typical 5-day workweek. This means we spend the majority of our waking moments plugged in for professional and personal gain.
For all of those non-work related media devices this week: Turn. It. Off.
We promise: it can wait. Look up from your televisions, your smartphones, your tablets, and other devices in order to experience your environment and the relationships around you. Use this information to recharge your writing!
April 10 Is Encourage a Young Writer Day!
From poems to short stories to autobiographies to much more, young writers are getting a burst of writing inspiration today!
So why not include articles into the mix? Encourage young writers to offer their insights to the world through article writing!
Yes, even kids are specialists – in their own way. Many kids, with just an ounce of encouragement, will talk your ear off about their hobbies or interests. They know how to perform complicated tasks that even adults have a difficult time handling. And they are often more aware of the latest trends than adults!
Help them channel all of that youthful knowledge and passion by encouraging them to write. Here’s how!
10 Ways to Encourage Young Writers
You can help kids overcome writing anxieties and motivate them to write. Here are 10 ways you can write or discuss writing to encourage young writers:
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“[Copy] editors know that the catch with machines checking spelling is that if it’s a legitimate word, the machine smiles, oblivious to whether it’s the right word in context. ‘Lemon aide’? Well sure. ‘Lemon’ and ‘aide’ are both real words. But can one enjoy a cool glass of ‘lemon aide’ in the garden?” — Gypsy da Silva
While there are some who take delight in editing and proofreading, for many it’s an arduous task.
Editing includes …
First there’s proofreading by checking:
That’s not too bad, right?
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