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Is There A Scientific Explanation for Writer’s Block And How Do You Overcome It?

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writer's blockExperiencing writer’s block when there’s a looming deadline is a blogger’s worst nightmare.

Nothing is worse than staring at a blank computer screen after hours of squeezing your brain, trying to come up with words, phrases, and sentences that actually make sense.

When you don’t know what to blog about, it’s very easy to blame it on writer’s block.

Writer’s block–real or product of a writer’s imagination?

Does writer’s block really exist?

People view this differently. For many, this is just an excuse creative people, like writers, use when they feel too lazy to write. These people don’t believe that it’s an actual condition that hinders writers. Others simply think of it as lack of inspiration.

Bloggers, especially those who write a lot of stuff on a regular basis, are more likely to run out of inspiration. It’s not surprising because if you had to churn blog posts and articles all the time, you’d eventually run out of fuel.

When that moment comes, you’re most likely to miss a deadline or turn in a mediocre work that your boss will not love.

And that’s when “writer’s block” is used as an excuse.

But is it really okay to blame “writer’s block” when it’s not even a real condition?

Is there any scientific truth about writer’s block?

The closest thing we can get as a scientific explanation for this condition is the findings of neurologist Alice Flaherty. An article published on ScienceBlogs.com in 2006 revealed that Flaherty did a study on hypergraphia, a condition that causes an uncontrollable compulsion to write (won’t we love that?).

frontal and temporal lobe of the brain where writer's block occursThis condition makes an individual’s brain to overflow with meaning (ideas, concepts, etc.) and causes them to spill the content out by writing. Turned out that this is due to unusual activities in the temporal lobe–the area in the brain responsible for giving meaning and significance to language–that saturates the brain with so many ideas.

This led her to discover some things about writer’s block. During a bout of writer’s block, which is the complete opposite of hypergraphia, an writer’s temporal lobe is in super active mode, meaning there are lots of ideas, but the frontal lobe–the language center–has reduced activity.

That means the mind is flowing with ideas but it cannot, literally, find the words to express them. That’s why you feel you know what you’re going to blog about but can’t think of the words to express them.

While this findings can give us a little insight on what really happens when we experience “writer’s block” it’s still does not provide concrete evidence that it’s a legitimate, mental condition that affects our ability to write.

Regardless of whether it’s really a condition or just a better term for laziness or unpreparedness, we can’t ignore the fact that a lot of us experience that.

We don’t really need to know if it’s something we can use as an excuse to clients when we fail to meet deadlines the way we would when we experience allergies, anxiety attacks, or even flu because it’s not going to work.

Clients are most likely to think that you were plain lazy or didn’t have the time to work on the blog (or article).

Ways to overcome writer’s block and start writing something

overcome writer's blockThere are several ways to overcome writer’s block. That’s the great news.

When you already know what you need to write about but can’t find the words, here are some things you need to do:

Create an outline. An outline will help you plan your blog well. You’ll know exactly what you need to talk about in certain parts of the post. It makes writing easier because you don’t have to write continuously, which is where most writers struggle.

Do a lot of research. Research is the key to any successful blog post. You can’t come up with something worth reading if you don’t know anything about the topic. Look for lots of information. You’re more likely to easily write about something you know much about.

Don’t start at the beginning. Ever found yourself stuck at the first sentence but already know how your body is going to look like? Sometimes, we need to not start at the beginning. The lead or first paragraph is always crucial, which is why it’s always hard to write, and it’s possible that our subconscious is keeping us from getting started because it wants us to compose something extraordinary.

Step away. Most of the time, when we force our brains to spill words it doesn’t happen. One of the most common ways to overcome writer’s block is to step away. Turn your computer off and watch some T.V. Go out for a walk or talk to someone. Play a video game or shoot some hoops. You need to get your mind off it so you can focus more. The idea will come when your mind is relaxed.

In case you have absolutely no idea what to write, here are some techniques that can help:

Come up with a how-to post. This is a sure-fire way to get you writing. You won’t need to do a lot of thinking (creatively). Just present the facts and list down the steps on how to do something. Before you know it. you’re halfway the 500-word requirement.

Create a different spin on a post you find interesting. Think of an insightful post and try to give it a different angle. This works well because you already have a topic and the details. All you need to do is present it in a different way, using your own words.

Stir the pot. Controversy is great for blogs because it engages readers. Try to present a different view on a certain topic. Present an argument. Challenge someone else’s opinion. Since you’re writing about your opinion, it should be easy to do. Just make sure that you don’t come off as offensive. Be objective in your arguments and back them up with information.

Create an infographic. An infographic is great because it summarizes everything you need to say and it does not require you to write lengthily. The key here is creativity. Make sure you can create images that will catch attention.

Make a survey and present the results. This is an effective way to write about something totally unique. And all the data you need is right there. Just ask a question to your audience. It can be about anything that concerns them. Compile the results and come up with your interpretation.

It does not matter what others think of writer’s block because all that matters is how you deal with it. You must learn to deal with it. It should not impede you. You have the power to control your mind and what you can write. Hopefully, these tips can help you continue writing even when you don’t feel inspired.

 

 

 

 

Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?

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Nobody knows.

But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.

Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.

Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.

Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.

Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.

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How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog

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Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.

New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.

I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.

Follow these tips.

1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog

Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.

2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers

Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.

Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.

3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens

Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.

If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.

4: Do Energy Work

I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.

Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.

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Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?

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Why?

Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.

I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.

Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.

What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.

Go with What You Know

When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.

But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.

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