James Patterson & Freewriting Fight Writer’s Block

writer's blockWe had a comment recently asking how to generate ideas for blog posts. To quote the anonymous person, “I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.”

We’re here to help.

First, a while back we had a post about freewriting. That could be helpful. Freewriting forces you to separate the creative and critical parts of the brain. Freewriting works. We’ve used it for years and have taught it to others.

Second, a while back, writer James Patterson was on The World Over on EWTN. Really interesting guy. He writes  a lot! Like prolific is his middle name. During the interview, the host asked Patterson about writer’s block. His reply was on point. For years he worked in a major ad agency, maybe even owned it. In an ad agency you are always working on different projects. So if you get stymied on one project, move to another. There’s no time for writer’s block. That made sense to us. We’ll tell you why in a moment. But to watch the interview, click here.

Personal Note

We’re not putting ourselves in a class with James Patterson. But his concept works. For example:

  • We have this blog to which we try to post at least once a week.
  • We write articles for an online newspaper, so that requires interviews and research.
  • We just wrote an introduction for a PhD’s book on training and edited a chapter for their second book.
  • We are revising a handbook on team development.
  • We are revising web site content.
  • Etc.

If we hit a wall with one project, we close it out and move to another. It works. Try it.

Comments welcomed!

About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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