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How to Successfully Deal with the Maddening Frustrations of Writer’s Block

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“Ryan, it takes me HOURS to write a 1,000 word blog post.”

“RB, I felt excited to write this blog post but 15 hours later I am disgusted and ready to throw in the towel.”

I regularly receive emails from my readers bemoaning their WBW: Writer’s Block Woes. People want to know more than anything how to beat writer’s block.

Hey, I have been there.

8 years ago I could not complete a 300 word blog post in one sitting. Tears would sometimes stream down my face as frustration set in and my brain seemed to freeze and seize. Almost like attempting to start a car on a bitterly cold, brutal morning. The engine strains to turn over but no dice.

Fast forward 8 years. I have written and self-published 123 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Each eBook length spans 7,000 to 15,000 words. I have written and published over 5000 blog posts during my online career. Although I affix some of my prolific nature to Voodoo dolls, tossing salt over my shoulders and Balinese Black Magic (which I learned during my year spent in Bali), good old fashioned, sometimes maddening but always rewarding inner work helped me go from Writer’s Block Victim to Prolific Blogger in Paradise.

Benefits of Making Writer’s Block Disappear

You’ll establish blogging peace of mind.

You’ll increase your blogging traffic and income.

You may just build a full time income generating blog if you can beat writer’s block into a bloody pulp.

Let’s put it this way: does it *ever* hurt to have an abundance of creative, profitable blog post ideas knocking on your mind’s door? Does it hurt your blog to have a flood of prospering ideas screaming to get inside of your noggin? No way.

I once went through a stretch where I wrote and self-published 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row.

Imagine writing and publishing a 7,000 to 15,000 word blog post *every* day for 3 months straight?

This is the type of stuff you can achieve if you erase the idea of writer’s block from your mind.

If You Are Fed Up

If you are absolutely disgusted with suffering through writer’s block use these tips to become a prolific blogging dynamo.

1: Take a Deep Breath

Take 1 deep, relaxed, full breath. Right now.

Doesn’t that feel better?

Writer’s block is an idea, a concept, that you cling to. Fighting the idea leads to frustration, missed deadlines, anger and an assortment of nasty feelings and outcomes. Taking a full, deep breath brings you and your mind into the present moment, which makes you fully aware of the writer’s block feeling/idea/concept in your mind.

When you become fully aware of the feeling you will stop fighting the feeling and more than that, you’ll release it.

When you’re not in the moment you fight your thoughts and feelings. Almost like banging your head against a wall again, and again, and again. Breathing deeply to become fully aware of the feeling is like stepping away from the wall. You cease to consciously abuse yourself, becoming fully non-resistant to your feelings.

After you have breathed deeply and released the frustrated feelings associated with writer’s block you can ponder a few actionable, helpful solutions.

2: Ask this Sometimes Painful Question

Do you have fun blogging about your niche?

Ideas seemed as scarce as rain in the Middle Eastern desert during my old blogging days. I didn’t feel passionate about my niche. Blogging felt like drudgery. Work. I rarely had fun writing blog posts. Naturally, this strained, forced, low energy vibe literally blocked fun, profitable ideas from finding my mind.

Writer’s block dissolved into my passion but only after I decided to blog about 2 enjoyable topics (for me): blogging and traveling. I’ve circled the globe for nearly 5 years straight. I have a barrel of monkeys when blogging. So I trashed my old blog, mixed the 2 niches and Blogging from Paradise was born.

Blog your passions. Blog for fun. Fun-loving, passionate energy dissolves any foggy notion of writer’s block. If you can talk about a topic all day long just start blogging about that topic all day long. Writer’s block will make a hasty retreat from your mind.

3: Scour Your Niche for Rentable Ideas

Rent ideas from successful, relevant bloggers.

Example: I may read a fascinating post on Darren Rowse’s Pro Blogger. So I rent it. Meaning I tackle the topic from my perspective. I solve the problem in my authentic voice but more importantly, with a freshly-written, genuine, Blogging from Paradise centered approach to the subject of discussion.

After I write and publish the post I remember that I rented the idea. Here’s the kicker: if Darren helped to inspire me through his idea I need to mention him through my blog. This is good karma. This is the rent. This is the payment. He did me a solid by sparking this idea in my mind so I’ll rent the idea by giving him space on my blog.

You are surrounded by actionable ideas if you’ll just do a little bit of legwork. Get off of your cyber fanny. See what niche big dawgs are blogging about. Tackle the topic from a different point of view. Devise similar or new solutions. Give bloggers credit, paying your rent by referring your readers to their article.

4: Read…..Read…..Read….and Read Some More

I am reading “Life of Pi” now.

I wrapped up a John Grisham novel yesterday.

I read voraciously. Reading voraciously exposes me to creative, prolific authors. These dynamos may just inspire you to leave writer’s block behind for good.

Example; reading a colorful novel forces me to obliterate the idea of writer’s block because if George R.R. Martin can write a 700 page, epic, brilliantly engineered novel I can at leas churn out a 3,000 word blog post. I challenge my limiting beliefs based on the limits that the best authors challenge. If they can do something other worldly I can at least do something on a much lesser, but still impressive, scale.

Sometimes we need to see someone has done something epic for us to baby step through our limiting beliefs.

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Read extensively. Cover a wide range of genres. Read fiction and non-fiction. Expose yourself to different styles of writing. Dissect best sellers. What makes these books great? I recently read the brilliantly-written novel “A Panther in the Sky” twice. Once to enjoy the story and twice to analyze why this book was so stupendous. Reading and re-reading a 700 page book was well worth it; I’ve been writing and publishing a 2,000 to 3,000 word blog post every other day on Blogging from Paradise for the past few weeks, riding the inspired wave of picking apart this classic work of historical fiction.

5: Get Rid of These People

I am compassionate. Sometimes.

I am empathetic. Sometimes.

But my mind is my little baby, my precious gift, or as Napoleon Hill called it, my spiritual estate.

I protect my mind with pitbull-like tenacity.

I guard my mind like they guard Brinks trucks here in Costa Rica.

A few hours ago I spotted a Brinks truck outside of the bank where I use the ATM. I was allowed in through a separate door by 2 armed guards. These guards typically pack semi-automatic machine guns or shotguns. Petty theft is rampant in some corners of the country and the odd heist puts folks on guard.

I guard my mind in a similar manner. Because if I let a struggling blogger infect my mind with their complaints about having writer’s block their low energy, limiting, blog post killing belief may have an adverse effect on me and my blog.

I don’t associate with such folks. I only hang with top bloggers.

Surround yourself with the crème de la blogging crème. Release the struggling, writer’s block stricken bloggers who will do their best to infect your noodle with their mental block.

Conclusion

Take a deep breath.

Ask a question to dig for the truth.

Read like a demon.

Release writer’s block stricken bloggers.

Become a creative, prolific dynamo.

Your Turn

Do you suffer from writer’s block?

Have you defeated this insidious blogging disease?

What tips can you add to this list?

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Blog Writing Techniques: 5 Tips

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Writing intimidates most new bloggers.

Even veterans shudder at the prospect of writing and publishing posts sometimes.

Cut through the fear of writing to become a skilled writer. Following specific tips eases writing anxiety into a calm, confident energy. I write like I breathe. But I had to follow these tips diligently to develop writing skills.

Writing is your chief blogging skill to develop. If you write well you blog well.

Follow these 6 tips.

1: Write in a Word Document Daily

Write 500 words or more in a Word document daily. Hone and own your #1 blogging skill through the #1 way to develop the skill: write your butt off. Practice diligently. Practice patiently. Blogging becomes easier if you practice writing daily because advertisers, readers, clients and customers seek skilled writers who impress. Write 500 words daily. Trash the document to detach from your writing. No one becomes skilled without practicing the skill. Write about your niche. Write fiction. Write whatever but just write.

2: Read Skilled Authors

Read skilled authors. Expose yourself to serious writers. Up your writing game through osmosis. Reading skilled authors gives you shining examples of how to write. I tighten up my writing after reading novels by pros like Lee Child, George R.R. Martin and James Patterson. Icons offer you excellent examples for how to write cleanly, clearly and crisply.

Note; skilled writing bloggers do the trick too. Read top bloggers to adopt their ways. Write in your voice but mimic certain elements employed by skilled bloggers to up your writing game too. Read for 30 minutes or more daily. Skilled writers seem to be voracious readers. Read frequently. Practice writing. Write well.

3: Write Short Sentences

Craft short, punchy sentences to make an impact through your writing. Write crisply. Short, concise sentences grab your reader’s attention span. Imagine following a type writer. Eyes follow words until the “ping” sound; eyes travel to the next line. Short, clear sentences allow posts to flow with grace and purpose. Writing short sentences also respects your reader’s time as long, bloated sentences waste folk’s time. Why say it in 45 words if you can say it in 10?

4: Use Frequent Paragraphs

Apply paragraphs liberally to your blog posts. Paragraphs break up your posts in sufficient fashion. Run on sentences confuse readers. Boring readers never seems to be a smart idea. But using frequent paragraphs helps readers latch on to your work because you move their eyes North-South in effective fashion. Format your blog post in page turner fashion. Use frequent paragraphs to write effectively.

5: Alternate Formatting to Promote Flow

Observe one of my recent blog posts:

Notice how I use:

  • H2 tags
  • bold text
  • bullet point lists

to promote flow through the blog post. Skilled bloggers write with contrast in mind. Readers enjoy following alternative text formats because just reading plain text words leads to snoozing; not a good thing. Change formatting routinely through your blog posts. Use headers, bullet point lists, bold text and italics text to draw readers to your posts. Think flow. How do you let posts flow freely? Changing formatting provides necessary change ups to keep your readers on their cyber toes.

Blogging is writing-focused. Never forget this simple, powerful blogging truth. Skilled writers make a seismic impact online. Everybody else fades into the shadows. No blogger needs to be incredibly skilled – like a Blogging Hemingway – to make a successful impact. Writing in your one a kind voice does the trick nicely. Toss in key tips for blog post formatting and you will write skilled enough to succeed online.

 

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5 Biggest Blogging Mistakes That Even Experts Make

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Are you not getting the desired results for your blog?

Well, don’t worry too much. The best bloggers, after all, have made lots of mistakes along the way — and sometimes, they’re still making them!

Then again, just because they’ve made mistakes doesn’t mean you need to make them as well. What you can do at this point is beware of what these mistakes are.

So in this article, let’s look at the five biggest blogging mistakes that even experts make. This way, you can learn from other people’s mistakes. And hopefully, you can do better.

Striving for Perfection

In blogging, you’ll find yourself continually rewriting and updating old posts. It’s mostly because new information has resurfaced. And sometimes, it’s also because you stumbled upon errors in your posts.

Either way, that’s okay. It’s understandable to be scared of making a mistake. But you know what? It’s not the end of the world.

Wanting matters to go flawlessly during the first go is good. It means you want to start on the right foot.

But you have to give it up. And focus on getting something out there.

Just be active. Take it from 70% of bloggers who make over $50,000 a year.

Remember, it’s better to get something done even if it’s rough on the edges. Just understand and accept that the need for perfection can slow you down. And it may also prevent you from moving forward at all.

Choosing Profit over Passion

Focus on a blog topic you feel strongly about. And don’t just do it for the money.

That way, you can keep the discussions coming. At the same time, you can still hold on to that sparkle in you.

Let’s set things straight, though:

Getting compensated for your writing is excellent. But if you’re playing for the long haul, it’s a different story.

Once you realize you’re writing about a topic that bores you, earning money won’t matter. And over time, you won’t have the heart to continue blogging.

So write about something you’re passionate about. Don’t fret about the money. If you focus on your passion, the money will come rolling in as you go.

Suffering from “Shiny Object Syndrome”

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Do you turn to the allure of another project instead of completing the one you’re currently working on? Then it looks like you’re suffering from the Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS).

It’s a disease of distraction. And it’s out to get those with high motivation such as entrepreneurs and those with similar mindsets.

If you have SOS, you tend to crave new things. And while craving for the latest developments is good for business, it can work against this goal.

You know how a small child chases after a shiny object? And you know how he immediately loses interest in it the moment he catches it? Then he would drop it like a hot potato and begin chasing after a new shiny object.

Well, that’s the entrepreneurial equivalent of the disease. And if you go by with it as you venture into blogging, you’re not going to walk away with the best results. What you should do instead is to focus on your current task.

Going for Cheap Tools

There’s nothing wrong with using free tools to help you get started with your blog. But they will bite you in the ass if you depend on them too much.

Remember, blogging is an investment. And eventually, you have to shell out cash for tools that will help your blog in the long run.

For instance, you need to set up your blog on the right web host. The decision of which host to choose when setting up your blog is essential. Your choice can make or break your blog’s success.

So don’t base your decision on a host’s cost. Instead, focus on the resources that this host can provide.

Skimping on Guest Posts

Think that you should always publish your best content on your blog? Well, you need to rethink it.

The thing is, publishing top-notch articles as guest posts is a “more crowded” way to go. The visitors on the site where you submitted your post can see your work. As a result, it raises your visibility and exposure. And because it can further increase your online reach, you would want that.

Plus, you can build your readership this way. If your submitted post is beloved by a site’s many visitors, you can begin counting them as your fans.

Final Thoughts

Making mistakes is terrible. But it would help if you got over them. What’s important is how you deal with your mistakes.

The way I see it, you shouldn’t let your fear of making a mistake get the best of you. Instead of giving in to anxieties, you should do something about the problem. If you sit there, nothing will happen. But if you get up, something good and promising just might come knocking on your door.

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Blogging for a Living: Mindset Considerations

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Blogging for a living seems fun and freeing. I agree.

I blogged for a bit as a pro. Living this lifestyle of working when, how and where you want to work feels awesome. But mindset plays a chief role in becoming a professional blogger. Few aspiring bloggers know this. I believe successful blogging is between the ears. How you choose to think, feel and act determines your blogging success or failure. Before you decide to blog for a living keep these considerations in mind.

Big Shifts Needed

I made a huge shift from scarcity to abundance to blog full time. You likely need to make the same shift because most folks grow up conditioned with feelings of poverty, scarcity, lack and limitation. Prepare for uncomfortable bumps in the blogging road during early days. Although you desire success and work hard, owning, facing, feeling and releasing fear-pain to develop your abundance consciousness feels highly unpleasant in moments. Be ready to make a huge mindset shift in order to blog full time.

Manage Your Energy Daily

Spend 30 minutes or more managing your energy to vibe from abundance, love, peace, generosity and trust. Pro bloggers vibe stable to become pro bloggers. Manage your energy to maintain a stable, calm vibe. I meditate, do Kriya yoga, do yin yoga and exercise daily. Do whatever vibes with you. Begin meditating with 5 minute sessions to slowly build up your habit. Expand your awareness. Manage your energy daily.

Be Aware of Your Thoughts and Feelings

Hands down, this is the most uncomfortable mental consideration to make because people plow through life on auto pilot. Most bloggers have no idea how they think and feel. Fewer understand how their thinking and feeling affects their blogging campaign or life in general. Blogging seems difficult but discomfort seems to be the culprit. Become hyper aware of your thoughts and feelings. Observe the difference between discomfort and true difficulties. I feel discomfort now because I have 3 hours to get my work done. We meet with friends tonight for dinner. But completing work in 3 hours seems not difficult to me, although finishing the task tests my limits, feeling quite uncomfortable.

Blogging for a living requires intense mental due diligence. Some people seem born with an expanded awareness. Other folks grow up around success conscious people. But the majority needs to practice being aware of their thoughts and feelings to succeed because until you own, feel and release destructive thought and feeling patterns you have a tough time making any headway with your blogging campaign. Being a successful business owner requires complete honesty with self. Example; 2 minutes ago, after enjoying a quick bowl of cereal, I found myself lost in a 5 minute YouTube basketball loop. I scanned a few videos to enjoy. But being honest with myself alerted me to my error; I have less than 3 hours to get my work done, so why do I waste time scanning YouTube basketball videos? Being honest and flat out straight with myself brought me back to here to write this post.

Nobody said this blogging journey guarantees an easy ride, but the fun and freedom of blogging for a living seems worth the mental discomfort.

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