The Daily Feed Issue #17: Curing writer’s block

August 31, 2010  |  The Daily Feed

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Today I have writer’s block so what better subject to write about than finding the cure. In previous editions of The Daily Feed I’ve written about the importance of creating new, unique and useful content to get traffic from search engines. It’s tough to come up with an on-topic page of great content every day for your blog or website, so here are a few tips to overcome writer’s block. 
CopyBlogger says the best way to overcome writer’s block is to start digging through famous quotes and draw inspiration from them. Many quotes can be the seed for an entire blog entry. Wikiquote is a great resource for finding quotes. In fact the quote on the home page today would make a fine blog entry:  ”The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.” ~ Eldridge Cleaver ~
Hemingway, one of my favorite authors, wrote a lot about his own life experiences. If you’re run out of things to write about, one approach is to go and have some fun or go out and have an adventure. Clamber down into a canyon you’ve never been in to go fishing. Or walk up to 3 random strangers in the mall and ask them a question. That should quickly fill your literary fuel tank. 

There are the usual cliche’s of “Carry a notebook with you” or “go and get some excercise – the blood flow to your brain will increase creativity”. Well what if you weren’t carrying the darn notebook with you and now you’re working to a deadline? Or it’s 2am and the neighbors might call the cops if they see you out running right now. That’s the situation I find myself in on this Tuesday morning at 2:22am pacific standard time.

The very best advice I’ve ever read on overcoming writer’s block is the following from Gary Bencivenga, a former Madison Avenue ad exec:

“I discovered that “writer’s block” is just a symptom of a rather easily cured malady—”LRS,” or Lazy Research Syndrome. It took me a while to realize that the best copywriters are the most tenacious researchers. Like miners, they dig, drill, dynamite, and chip until they have carloads of valuable ore. John Caples advised me once to gather seven times more interesting information than I could possibly use.”

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Mark Maunder
Feedjit Founder & CEO