Thursday, October 7, 2010

About Writer's Block

I have been getting some emails asking me about various aspects of writing and publishing. I am not always good at answering back because i tend to have long winded answers. For example, I have had a few people ask about self-publishing vs. traditional. I have a lot to say about that. If you want to talk about it, I would request you set up a time to talk to me on the phone. Email me and we can set up a time.

Recently, someone asked what I do if I feel writers block. I have answered that one so, just in case you are interested, this was my reply:

1. pause and step back from your push to produce. find a book, a podcast or a TV show that has similar themes and allow that to feed your soul and mind. sometimes taking in other's work will inspire and stir up what will become your work.

2. pick something that is fun or interesting for you to write about. even if this doesn't mean writing "the assignment," the most important thing is to feel that flow of creativity. that flow can only begin when you feel inspired. once the creativity floods open, then you will be more likely to write on the "assigned" topic.

3. write to someone. it is easier to write to a person or group of people you know than to write in general. pick a very specific audience and tell them what you want them to know. this makes the writing about them, not you, and the words may flow easier. this may mean tweaks will be necessary later in order to fit the format, but you will be surprised at how much will be used and well written when you take the mind's focus off of yourself.

As for myself, I am excited about 2 new books I am writing. I am currently co-writing a book with Stacie Peacock about African Americans and advance care planning through Project Compassion. Second, I am taking my work to a more spiritual realm and writing a book I am currently calling "Lessons from the Edge: What Almost Dying Taught Me about Really Living."

I am excited about both! Thank you for your continued support. I wish you all inspiration and free-flowing creativity!
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