You never know when you’re going to get stuck. It may be the first sentence, the third paragraph or the last line. But when you feel stuck, here are my top 10 tips to get your writing flowing again:
1. Take a break. Go for a walk or just stand outside in the sun. Even five minutes in the outdoors does wonders for your mood and creativity.
2. Look at bold, bright colors for a few minutes. These change your mood.
3. Smell something fresh. Cut an orange and smell it. Don’t have an orange? Ground coffee works just as well. Smells awaken your creativity and trigger memories.
5. Talk. Spend a few minutes brainstorming or talking over your ideas with a colleague. Explaining it to others is often enough to get your ideas flowing.
6. Draw or doodle. Draw a picture of your client, your product or your idea. Let your mind wander and the creativity will creep back in.
7. Mine for nuggets. Read through notes, brochures, web sites and completed writing projects. Cut and paste the words that inspire you into your blank page and begin again.
8. Start writing. Do not think about what it says or even if it makes sense. Silence your internal editor. Just put down thoughts, words and phrases as they come to mind.
9. Mind map. Jot down words and phrases as they come to mind. Connect them to one another with lines and circles. Add thought bubbles and appropriate buzzwords.
10. Google. Google keywords that relate to your project. Pick and choose words and phrases from the search results and paste them onto the draft of your document. I left this one for last because it’s my favorite. It works every time.
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