Writers Playing with Blocks


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The other day… UGH! Writer’s block!

We have all been there, the client or boss needs a document by the end of the day and you can’t even complete a full sentence.  Pressures are swelling and you feel stuck.  The blinking curser or ink spot from your pen resting on the paper are staring back at you with remorse.  What to write about? Where to begin?

How many people have been in this situation time and time again?

Wikipedia’s definition of writer’s block is enough to scare me:

Writer’s block is a condition, associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task in hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.

Abandon my career, it was only one article or blog post, I promise.  With the constant pressures of new media, are we expected to write and have an opinion to share every day?  Some topics I am passionate about and can write for days but let’s be honest, in our profession you have to write some things you are not as emotional about.

In true writer’s block passion, I will keep this post short and leave the floor open for discussion amongst fellow PR pros.

What are your daily tactics to pull you out of a rut?  What is your advice for the not-so-eager writers?

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