Improve Your Productivity: First Aid For Writer's Block, Procrastination and
by Marcia Yudkin
Stuck? Not for long when you try these remedies for creativity on call.
1. Go somewhere else. One of my clients hops a train whenever she has a deadline and writes on board.
2. Freewrite. Right this second, copy the following starter phrase and keep writing nonstop wherever it leads you: “What I really want to say in this piece is...”
8. Do it wrongly. Try writing your piece very badly. You may find you’ve created a halfway decent version with hardly any effort.
9. Start typing any old thing. Someone in one of my seminars got started every morning by typing the Gettysburg Address (“Four score and seven years ago...”). Before the end, she’d always segue into what she really wanted to write.
10. Visualize. Close your eyes and imagine your book or report completed, with a beautiful cover. In your mind’s eye, open it and begin reading. Write down what it says.
Copyright 2001, 2007 Marcia Yudkin. All rights reserved.
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