You're working along and you hit a block. You know that feeling: that hopeless obstacle where you can't get your creative mind working. We've all been there. What do you do to get moving? How about trying these five different strategies to get past that block, from asking questions to being patient with yourself?
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4. "Ideation Vacation: How to Come Up with New Article Ideas" on Writer's Digest's There Are No Rules (Zachary Petit, guest columnist)
Sometimes the well runs dry. Imagination sparks and spurts but refuses to take off. What do you do in those times, especially when you've got a publication to which to contribute articles? Remember to keep in mind Petit's writing tips. Take inventory of your own expertise. Read niche-specific articles. And many more.
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3. "Email Is the Best Way to Reach Millennials" on Harvard Business Review (Kristin Naragon)
Almost every business today wants to reach that perfect target audience, always growing, always learning, technology-savvy: millennials. What's the best way to connect with that generation? The answer is email. Make sure you're doing your best to get your brand out there in front of your target audience.
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2. "Don't Scrimp on an Editor" on Writer's Digest's The Writer's Dig (Leslie Johansen Nack, guest columnist)
Writing the book isn't enough. Finishing the book isn't enough. Celebrating isn't enough ... although that's an absolutely necessary step. No, you need an editor, and a professional, at that. Someone who can take the product of your imagination and your creativity, and transform it into a streamlined manuscript that represents and embodies all of your intentions. Here's a first-person testimonial to the importance of finding your perfect editor.
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1. "The Best Time of Day to Write --- According to Science" on Ragan's PR Daily (Kristin Piombino)
Are you a morning person? Wake with the birds, mind buzzing with ideas, fingers itching to be productive? Or an evening person, after everybody else has gone to bed and you have the place to yourself? Or something in between? Do you know what science says about it? You might learn something. Check it out!
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That's the lineup for last week. When do you find that you focus best? What do you enjoy most about the writing process? What drives you crazy about it? Where do you get your ideas? (A question that is probably the bane of almost every author's existence.) How do you banish writer's block?