procrastination

7 Hacks to Unleash Creative Thinking (When Writers Need It Most)

7 hacks to unleash creative thinking (when writers need it most). Makealivingwriting.com

You’re on deadline. You must finish your article on time. That’s when your creative thinking decides to take a leave of absence. And it does so with no notice.

You’re stuck. You have to write, but you just stare at the computer screen and your fingers do not move.

Every writer has been in this situation. But knowing you aren’t alone won’t help you finish your piece and turn it in on schedule.

These seven creativity hacks will, though.

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4 Ways to Make Time for Your Writing (Even if You Really, REALLY Don’t Have Any)

Make Time for Writing (even if you don't have any) - Makealivingwriting.com

You want to write … you really, really do.

You keep waiting for a good time to open up in your schedule, but it seems that every day you hit the sack wondering, “Where did the time go?”

I get that. Between our jobs, families, housekeeping chores, and other obligations, it seems like we have zero minutes left over to work on our passions.

And building our writing business takes a backseat to the rest of the tasks on our to-do lists.

I’ve coached many, many writers around this theme, and also wrote a book for women who want to do it all—including starting a side business—but don’t seem to have the time: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life — While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. (Though the book is aimed at women, the strategies apply to men, too!)

Ready to make the time to write more—and get your writing business off the ground? Here are the top tips from my research:

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Do You Have Story Idea Constipation? How to Break the Logjam

Waiting to use the bathroomEver had a great idea for an article?

The moment you think of it, everything comes to a halt. You are entranced. You love this idea!

You’re sure you know the ideal publication for it, too. A big, important, great-paying magazine.

This is the idea that’s going to transform your portfolio and make your career take off. You can hardly sleep at night, thinking about how great this is going to be.

And there, your troubles begin.

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How to Stop the Psychodramas and Get Your Writing Done

“My freelance writing business is in trouble,” Julia told me this week. “It’s because I get depression, and when I’m depressed, I can’t write.” This is a big problem, and I think all writers get something similar to Julia’s problem

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How Writers Can Stop Procrastinating Forever

Having trouble getting to the writing? Here’s a perspective on writing procrastination that may help you get organized.

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Why You Keep Goofing Off Instead of Writing or Marketing

Do you find yourself unable to get focused on your writing? It’s a pretty common problem among writers. Among all freelancers, really. Let’s face it — distractions are everywhere for the home-based, self-employed person. There’s laundry to do, neighbors who

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