A Cure For Writer’s Block?

Do you ever feel like sometimes there’s a big energetic boulder blocking your flow and keeping you from expressing yourself clearly?  If you’re an online marketer, you know just how much writing, speaking, and communicating is involved with what we do.  And odds are, you’ve experienced what I’ve just described above at some point or another… You know just how frustrating, time consuming, and unproductive it is to fall victim to what we call ‘writer’s block’.

For me, there are times when I sit down at my computer to write or make a video and the words just seem to naturally flow out of me.  I can get content created in record time without overanalyzing it and during times like these, it’s always my best work.  On the other hand, I’ve definitely experienced the other end of the spectrum where I sit down to work and I end up staring at my computer screen and picking at my hair for hours on end!  During these times, my energy is blocked and being productive is nearly impossible…

So where does this so-called ‘writer’s block’ come from?  Is there really a cure?  Well, for me, I’ve actually found something that works and puts me back in the natural flow of my own creative energy almost immediately… So I’d like to share my writer’s block ‘cure’ with you in the video below:

To be INSPIRED literally means to be ‘in-spirit’… And finding true inspiration is the remedy for any kind of ‘blocked energy’.  What I want to know is… What inspires YOU?  Share your ideas down below with the community and let’s come together to inspire each other with new ways to cultivate inspiration…

Let’s get those creative juices flowing!

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Hans June 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for the inspiration Katie! I could not agree more, I think I need a break right now…

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Shaylee Gregg June 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Hey Katie,

Great post! I guess I have something to share on the flip side of that. I like to call it “work block.” When I get to work I can usually get through my morning tasks fast and efficiently but by the end of the day I start to loose my motivation to finish up my afternoon tasks. Especially if it is nice outside!

Unfortunately I don’t work close to home so I can’t say hi to my cat or listen to music and dance around.

Luckily, there is a nice grassy area outside of our building with trees and picnic tables.

A few weeks ago I decided that I would bring a blanket to work and leave it by my desk. That way I could take it outside during my lunch breaks and enjoy the weather.

This has be a tremendous help in re-motivating me to get back to work and finish the day.

I’ve even fallen asleep a few times on my lunch break which gave me more energy to finish up the day. “Work block” conquered!

I agree that it is always important to step away and do something the inspires you when you are having troubles writing or working.

I can’t wait to hear what others have to say!

Katie, I also called KD Churchill yesterday and left a message about my interest in joining your team! I look forward to hearing from you guys soon!

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Tanya June 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Thanks for your advice Katie! I know for sure that playing with my granddaughter makes me more relaxed. I have to investigate what else feeds my spirit. Probably all you listed works if you do it conscientiously and go with the flow. Live and learn.
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wfred June 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Spending a few minutes in medatation is usually good. Taking a short swim, or streaching. If you do Yoga, the head stand will put new blood and O2 in you brain. When in Jamaica, I like to smoke a big spliff, that always works

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Gerlaine June 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

What frees me up from writers block is dancing around getting my blood flowing freely!
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Gerlaine June 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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Danielle Zack June 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Dancing, Dancing and More Dancing is always my cure. Whether it’s writers block or stress in general the best thing is to turn up one of my favorite songs and let loose. What’s great is when my two girls join me and we turn it into a party. ;)

Thanks again Katie for some great insight.

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Bud Ciprian June 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Hi Katie!An awesome video again!!
As for me what relaxes me the most is listening to Michael Jackson.It calms me the most.:D.After listening 10 minutes to him it’s like I slept the whole night and I’m fresh and I can continue my work.:)
Again thx for this awesome video and keep up th good work!
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Jason Allred June 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Great video Katie! I do have trouble coming up with content at times and for me, taking a walk or just relaxing and letting my cares go away usually clears my mind. Once my mind is cleared, the ideas start pouring in.
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Angela Bettess June 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Hi Katie – Thanks for a great post! My beautiful, gorgeous niece inspires me no end but she is not always with me, though I do have videos of her and that lifts my spirit. Being in nature, especially listening to the birds makes me feel more connected to the universe. Going for a walk and dancing to my favourite songs!

Thanks Katie.

Angela

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Randy Allen Bishop June 18, 2009 at 12:03 am

Yes Katie,

I spend so much time on twitter that I write short comments.
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Dan James June 18, 2009 at 2:22 am

Hi Katie,
….uh….no….wait….uh…..well, I guess I have it now, so I’m going to fix it by playing my guitar, which relaxes my soul and helps me return to the “now,” which opens my mind to new ideas, which cures the writer’s block.

I’ve written hundreds of songs over the years, and I’ve found the process very difficult when I was distracted by pressures, stress, deadlines, in-laws, whatever. I guess that condition could be called writer’s block. So in those cases, I would play my guitar without the “pressure” of composing anything new – just to get my mind off those outside negatives.

Within minutes, a new idea pops up – a lyric, a melody, a guitar riff – and I’m back in the groove.

But, wait! There’s more!

I also have a back-up plan if my guitar doesn’t do the trick: when your dog is licking your face and trying to get your undivided attention, it’s impossible to remain uninspired with that unconditional love (if only it weren’t so wet)!

Gotta run, I feel a new tune coming on…
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Fathi Ridwan Basalamah June 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

Well Katie, up to this time i always agree with you.
How to get the inspirations?
I think when feeling meets thinking, and how to make feeling and thinking always in match? We have to be in PEACE with everything,
ie: with ourselves, people, universe, etc. So, the most important is we have to maintain our inner PEACE. And i see your video that you are always SMILING that means you are in PEACE. Good Luck!

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Diana Janz June 18, 2009 at 3:17 am

Katie, thank you very much. I love your attitude and your thoughts. Diana

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Damayanthi June 18, 2009 at 3:36 am

Great video Katie. What inspires me is definetly nature, enjoying outdoors and a bit of gardening.

Thanks for sharing this.

Damayanthi :)
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Gary June 18, 2009 at 4:28 am

When I have writers block, I write something else. Fiction is the best. A little short story or something.

An interesting aspect of fiction is that it engages your muse. The muse sits on the edge of your awareness and can venture off into the vast sea of consciousness and bring back items into the light of your awareness. So a good technique is to create in the imaginary world of fiction a few fictitious people, and a setting, where these characters can sit and discuss the very subject you were attempting to write about. Then just listen to them. It’s amazing what they may teach you. Plus, you might get a nice little short story out of it too. :)
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Michael Cloke June 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

Hey Katie -

I have got writers block and can not think of anything to say hahaha….

I practice Chi Kung to remove my energy blockages. Below is a Video of Sifu Wong talking about removing blockages. Please be patient and listen carefully to what he has to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_iDaYqt5bQ

I needed to hear this message Today! Thanks for sharing this :)

P.S. Katie, you have an infectious enthusiasm, passion for knowledge and are a TRUE inspiration to us all.

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Buff June 18, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Katie,
You are really a great inspiration. Thanks for your ideas and lovely energy.
I’m an artist and nature has ALWAYS been a wonderful inspiration for me too.
Right now, I’m going to go buy myself a small buddha I saw recently. Loved seeing your desk look so clean, calm and spiritual….that is a good subliminal message right there.
Enjoy your day.

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Steven June 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Thanks Katie for the post.

I know for myself to get my energies flowing I like to meditate, or do something that is high energy.

It really depends upon what kind of mod I am in that is hindering me in the flow. If I am kind of moody then it is deffinately time to do a bit of meditating. If I just feel sluggish, I like to run, you do push ups, or pull up’s, something that get’s the blood going.

Putting on some great music helps as well.

Talk later.
Steve

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Ron June 19, 2009 at 2:01 am

Hi Katie, thank you very much for another great post. I often get inspiration just by taking a walk in the park near my house.

Regards

Ron

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Dan and Deanna June 19, 2009 at 5:24 am

Thank you Katie for the helpful ideas on writer’s block. Doing something that you enjoy and helps you to forget about the writer’s block. Then you can go back and do what you need to do. For me drawing a landscape for about 5 or 10 minutes and I am ready to go with the other things that I need to do.
Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

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Sean Smith June 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Great advice! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to step away from my computer to clear my head and gather my thoughts to ensure I write quality content on my blog. Even the most inspired and passionate person needs a little inspiration every so often to ensure they are at their best!

Thanks for sharing Katie!

Sean
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Dom Taylor June 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Hi Katie!

Cheers for the follow on Twitter! Much appreciated, like the video blogs! You have a very positive, personal developmental and overall optimistic outlook on IM. Keep it coming and good on ya!

Dom

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Quinn Coats June 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Thanks again Katie! I like to pick up my acoustic guitar and strum a little something to inspire me. There’s something about the sound of “unplugged” music that motivates and inspires me. Sometimes, I will turn up the jams and plug into my drum kit and just bang along on the drums with whatever comes up next. It’s also a great workout…. :) Thanks again for the great tips.

Quinn

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Cynthia Chitty June 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

Great video Katie. You are always uplifting so perhaps watching one of your videos could be an idea for getting back in the flow.
In addition I like to spend some time in my garden or call someone who is not connected with my business.
I call my mom or a friend who would appreciate hearing from me. It helps to ground me.
A walk is always a good idea as it gets the circulation going and amazingly ideas flow though I’m not really seeking them at the time. My dog appreciates the walk idea best. LOL

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Allen Nile June 24, 2009 at 2:39 am

VERY good video Katie! – As another suggestion for helping get rid of writers block: “Just watch some of Katie’s positive and inspiring videos”. Helps to get me out of writers block! :)

Best,

- Allen

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Scott Phares June 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Great video Katie and very true! I am a member of a local fitness club. I find that a 30 minute workout, or a 30 minute swim followed by a steam and hot tub do the trick for me! It unblocks me mentally and really gets the creative juices flowing!

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Justin Wright June 26, 2009 at 5:44 am

Great video! Writer’s block is something that all bloggers seem to face at some point. It can be really difficult to get over it, especially if you don’t get off the computer and do something else for a bit.

Going out in nature is actually one of my favorite things to do to get inspired. Taking a quick hike along a trail really helps me clear my mind so I can come back and get back to pumping out great content.

It seems like the more often I allow myself to do other things, the better blogger I become.

Looking forward to checking out some of your other posts!

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Alex Lim August 28, 2009 at 3:45 am

Katie,

I really like the idea about going out and be with nature when your personal system is down. I think nature has this great way to affect your mood and even better condition your mind to produce lots of ideas.

I can’t agree more about taking a break and start looking for inspiration to unblock your thoughts. In fact, I do this most of the time. I usually watch an inspiring movie or look for a motivational quote to ignite my thoughts and feelings.

Perhaps making yourself comfortable as possible before starting to write will make you productive too. Organize your work area and make your environment pleasing. Adjust the room temperature if possible, etc.ss
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Zac October 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Nice topic Katie. I like the idea of getting away to clear the mind. I know for me when I need to step away,I’ll sit down and tickle the Ivory, play my guitar, or get outside for air. Even during the writing process if I get stuck, I’ll just let whatever comes to mind flow out, and not think about it being the final product. Then later, after all my ideas are out, I’ll go back and proofread. This way the free flowing of ideas is steady.

As always thanks for your Inspiration Katie!!

Zac

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Heather Carr October 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Great advice Katie! :) I always find that meditation, being in nature, music, reading something inspirational gets me inspired.
It’s good to keep a notebook handy, so you can track ideas as they pop up.
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Ryan January 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Thanks Katie,

That is a great tip for getting through writer’s block. I have a part inside that seems to be stuck in procrastination mode and I usually just try to come back another time when the energy is flowing better.

I’ll try being more proactive with it through inspirational activities now that you’ve brought it to my awareness.

For me, I have a baseball tee and net set up in my garage so I just go out there and hit balls for a while. It really helps me get out of my head and back into my body. Of course, sometimes its good to take a walk, dance to some music, or do some yoga stuff, those all help too.

Cheers,

Ryan
P.S. Powerful site you have here, this is my first time visiting and you’ve done a great job. Take care.
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Patch January 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Hi Katie,
Great topic! I myself go for a run and find it gets my creative juices flowing (and I’m not talking about the sweat, either). The only problem I have is that I get so many darn ideas while running that I only recall about half of them by the time I get back! Seriously though, you are bang on with your advice and I completely agree that you can’t MAKE yourself write, it has to come naturally. So rather than wasting time trying to force it, change it up and try something else – the inspiration will come and it might not be what you originally intended in the first place, but that’s totally okay too!
Keep up the great work and I’ll pop in to see what you’re up to.
Patch
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Shannon Tecson March 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Aloha Katie:
I’ve found that when I feel stuck in activity I am putting too much emphasis on the “thinking” processes. What I do to inspire myself and get reconnected is I take a break. Simple! I go out and play with my kittens, pet my dogs, I sit under the big mango tree out front and just allow the wind to touch my face. I breath and repeat the words, trust, love, peace of mind…and this immediately shifts me out from being in control, to being at peace!

Thanks a bunch Katie!
btw, I just rememebered to tell you how much I loved the background of the shoji door in one of your videos. This background too, looks and feels very peaceful!
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Lori Robertson March 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

Katie, I am suffering from writers block right now and so I took you advice walked away from the computer, I took a couple of deep breaths and I actually cleared my mind and a topic came to me just like that and the thoughts started to flow again and I was back in business. Thanks so much this really worked!
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Chuck Bluestein May 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I would not use the word inspiring for those things that you described. I would call it things where you do not think. Eckhart Tolle would call it being in the present. I could use the word that psychologists use but I think it is a bad word since it is associated with other things.

But here is how they found this thing. A guy (a psychologist’s brother) started looking through his microscope at crystals in the morning. Then after an hour or 2 he had trouble seeing through the microscope. The reason was because it was using the light from outside and it was now getting dark out. So he had spent the entire day doing this and it only felt like an hour so the psychologists describe it as an experience where time stops.

Of course this is where you stop thinking. Your body lives in space and your mind lives in time. But your soul lives in that place that is beyond time and space. The psychologists call it ‘flow.’ This is also the secret to happiness.

The best ways of producing this have been around for thousands of years like yoga, martial arts and meditation. But a new way of producing this type of consciousness is sudoku. I actuallly have a webpage all about it. http://www.phifoundation.org/enlightenment.html Money cannot bring you happiness but the flow experience can.
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Sukie Baxter May 26, 2010 at 4:37 am

Writer’s block is the pits. I will often have floods of ideas and when I sit down to write or record a video my mind blanks. It usually means I need to slow down and do something relaxing to center myself again.
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Jennifer May July 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Katie… what a great cure! I have moments where I just get caught up in what I am doing and how many things I need to get done… it will block my creative energy which in return can stop me from writing, etc. So I definitely agree with everything you said here!

I always LOVE to be inspired. It is the high of my day truly. And every time I do this (you are very right I might add) I feel so much more creative, motivated and in the flow of things! A few things that truly inspire me are:

1. Music! I LOVE music… If I am feeling down in all honesty I will start cleaning my house (weird I know, but cleaning calms me) and putting on some positive music in the background. And I will admit I jam out, dance, sing… whatever while I am cleaning. My daughters do this with me, so much fun!

2. Spend time with my daughters. Take them to the park, spend time with them in the backyard playing, actually sit down and play with them in their room, etc. They ARE my inspiration, so honestly just looking at them or spending time with them gives me everything I need! They are my whole reason for doing all of this!

3.Watch an inspiring movie. I love The Secret and The Pursuit Of Happyness! There are tons others, but those two always get me inspired and ready to go!

4. Taking a walk or jog, going to the gym. I always feel so much better once I go to the gym. I LOVE to do Zumba.. which always gets me pumped up, happy and inspired. So much fun!

5. And of course Videos! I always love to listen to your videos, Amanda’s videos or anyone who truly teaches and inspires me. Anything on personal development or building a better you will inspire me and open my mind!

Thank you so much for this… I actually wish I had a Ocean I could go to! That is one of my favorite places to relax, revamp and re-energize! I was born and raised in CA but now live in Phoenix, AZ… a little far from the beach! lol :) Great video and thanks for the Writer’s Block Cure!
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Carlos M. September 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I going to this process right now :S

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Luis September 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

this is a great cure :)

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Elena J Forbes November 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Thank you for sharing… This is great! I suffer with BLOCK all the time. I usually find that when I am trying too hard, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get anything done. What I like to do is get a good work out because I can mentally work through all the garbage that is going though my thoughts and then kind of narrow things down from there. The I start with brief notes on the subject as an outline, then I transfer it to paper/computer. This seems to work for me.

This is a great post Katie – just love all of the value content you have provide to all of us.

Elena

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