Writer’s block is the bane of many writers’ lives – but it is not one of those things we need to take lying down. While many people recommend that you should simply look at writer’s block as a sign that we need to slow down, there are some tried and tested tricks that will let you work through writing block, sometimes before it even takes hold.
Three tips to bulldoze slow or stalled writing
Relax – while many people find it difficult to relax, it’s true that relaxing can actually help. Remember that there are deadlines that need to be met, but you’ll find that if you look at getting something on paper rather than the whole piece, for example that something might spark. But it’s important to ensure that you actually *relax*. Many freelancers should learn and practice meditation techniques, and ensure that they’re igniting passion, not creating more issues for themselves. Deep breathing can also sometimes give the mind the chance to focus, so keeping things in perspective can often let you unlock an idea that you might overlook as worthless. Meditation doesn’t work for some – so I’d suggest getting up, stretching – going for a cool shower – even doing the dreaded chores – sometimes I’ve found that when I’m most stuck, doing the dishes and just letting my mind idle allows me to unlock the potential of the ideas hiding underneath the conscious thoughts I’m chasing around, and gives me whole new perspectives.
Plan the night before – I’ve found that having a to-do list that tells me exactly where I need to be and what I’m doing, including ideas on articles that I want to write can often help me ‘wake up’ and get past slow moments in the morning, that could develop into me believing I have writer’s block. Sometimes it’s not really writer’s block, it’s just procrastination because of fear, so I’ve also got a limit on the things I’m allowed to do to procrastinate. While social networking is great for the active freelancer, it can also create a bit of a problem if you are prone to distraction. So I use a piece of software to keep track of where my attention is and ensure that I don’t spend more than my allotted time on sites such as Facebook and twitter and where possible, I try to use URLs onsite to post to them instead of logging in. I’ve also got a ‘rule’ about playing games on sites such as Facebook – in short, I don’t, because that doesn’t let my mind engage with the subject at hand.
Learn and grow – writer’s block often comes from your mind telling you that you don’t understand what you’re writing about, so if you really can’t see a perspective that’s either fresh enough to interest someone reading about it, or you’re sure isn’t quite right, keep researching. It’s possible, sometimes to get the wrong end of the stick, but even when you’re not on a contract, I think writers should always read. Whether it’s because we’re passionate about literature and writing and enjoy reading, or because we always want to learn, it is part of the job description that writers should read.
If you’re not dealing with writer’s block after all of this, even if you’re on a deadline, the only solution is to walk away, or look at another job. It’s critical to understand that writer’s block that goes on over one or more projects, or you really can’t shake is a sign of something more serious – either you just can’t get your head around the project and need to talk to the client – perhaps they have other resources they can point you in the direction of, or worse, you need to take a break. In the case of the former, you’ll probably need to move the deadline – but in the case of the latter, you should consider taking some time off to recharge. Writer’s block can rapidly turn to writer’s burnout, especially until you get into the swing of things.
The nightmare caused by writer’s block can also cause sleep pattern issues however, using copywriting services may help you back to slumber-land.
It is possible to find legitimate online jobs for students, although many are scams and you should exercise caution when applying or signing up for anything. Never pay up front for anything, until you are entirely certain that the company and the job are all they claim to be.
If you are looking for legit online jobs at home in order to make some extra cash, concentrate on what you are already good at. For example, if you are a capable writer, there are plenty of sites that pay a few dollars for articles of several hundred words. You are not going to become a millionaire from any of these sites, but if you work hard and deliver good work, it is possible to make a little extra. Some of the better writing sites include Textbroker, The Content Authority and Suite 101.
It is difficult to earn a lot of money with online jobs from home, regardless of your skill or area of expertise. If you work for a company that requires payment up front, you will be unusual if you make enough money to earn back your startup payment. If you are prepared to work hard and become proficient at a particular technique or program, you may be able to make decent money with such companies as Online Writing Jobs, FAP Turbo and Maverick Money Makers.
Attention to detail and working hard are the two keys to making any money with any of these online ventures. Even if you are just working part time on line jobs, you will have to be focused and work hard and remain optinistic and positive at all times. If you have the discipline and can perservere, it is possible to succeed and make some money and enjoy the advantages of working for yourself on your own schedule.
Writing ability is often something that is set to the side as soon as people begin steady work. Although your understanding of speech and the written word do play an important role in many career paths, not often will you find yourself writing an essay or article unless you are a writer by career. With the ever-growing amount of work being outsourced through the internet, an individual with decent writing skills can make money writing online within a matter of hours.
There truly is an endless amount of different writing careers available. Talented writer’s can exhibit their skills while earning a financial backing in a huge amount of fields ranging from lengthy informative research articles to short reviews. Even creative writers can turn their passion into something more concrete through the internet by utilizing certain domains that accept articles written abroad. Knowing where to look for these opportunities is half the struggle – hearing from someone who has had to go through the process themselves will save a large amount of time for anyone interested in pursuing a writing career online.
For starters, there are a few websites (one in particular) that act as a basic platform for work to be assigned and then completed for the given price. Mturk.com, or Mechanical Turk, is a domain ran by Amazon that does exactly that. A large portion of assignments available through Mturk on any given day will likely have nothing to do with writing. Still, this is a good place to start getting the feel of writing assigned articles on a regular basis if you haven’t already done so.
Moving past the initial stages, The Content Authority and Demand Media Studios both provide assignments solely for writers, copy/editors, and even filmmakers. The Content Authority offers write and re-write article assignments, while Demand Media covers all aspects of writing and film making. TCA is a website that prides themselves on the helpfulness of their staff and is more than willing to help with up-and-coming writers of all sorts. The more high-end of the two, Demand Media Studios accepts only the most highly-skilled writers and filmmakers.
There are plenty of opportunities available to writers of every skill level – the only trick is knowing where to look. Perform your own research into the different options available to you and work towards spending every minute of your time in the most prudent way possible.
If you are interested in making some extra money on the internet then I have two suggestions for you that can help you to achieve this goal. Both of these ideas have personally made me more money in the past so I know that they both work and neither one is a scam. You do have to put in some work, regardless of which route you choose to go, but that is going to be true of any sustainable income stream you find in life. Money flows to where value is being produced.
The first idea to make some easy money online is to write articles in a freelance environment for other people who are looking to pay for new content. This is always happening online and it is a huge market in itself. People who have published websites want or need new content for it, so they pay other people to write an article for them. If you write such an article you can make a few extra dollars by doing so. Not too exciting, unless you calculate your monthly earnings based on working hard at this for, say, 2 hours every single day. When you look at it like that, then you may be looking at over 500 dollars in earnings for putting in 2 hours of effort every day. Not bad if you can force yourself to actually work hard for those 2 hours and earn the money.
Now the other idea if you want to make money online is gong to take a bit more time to build up. With this approach, you would be writing articles and placing them on your own website, and then doing enough promotion to earn free traffic to that website over and over again. This method is more powerful in that the earnings you make later on become largely passive in nature. Once the money is flowing in it will tend to keep on coming, without you having to do additional work at that point.