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The most compelling stories online describe someone doing, seeing, or experiencing something. And what hooks a reader is that it's something they can't or wouldn't normally see or experience.
Take some of the most popular online writers…
- Anthony Moore started a podcast about beer several years ago then wrote about its failure and the lessons he learned.
- Time Denning recently left the business he spent years building to become a full-time content creator.
- Jon Brosio went to a local ice cream shop with some friends and wrote about the inquisitive conversation.
While all three experiences are vastly different— they each describe a unique, personal experience.
Each author gives us intimate details about their life and supports any claims with specific, personal examples. Furthermore, they each share their experiences in a way that helps us better understand how and why they know what they're talking about.
The stories that are most interesting are the ones that describe someone doing, seeing, or experiencing something.
Banishing Writer’s Block
Writer’s block is something that plagues every writer. It holds no prejudices, and it doesn’t discriminate.
Young and old. Experienced and inexperienced. Whether you like it or not — at some point, you will have to face a blank mind and a white, wordless screen.
Writer’s block is something to be dealt with, not to be avoided.
You aren’t helpless. Every writer has experienced writer’s block before. And nearly all of them have found a way to push past it.
One of the most effective strategies to smash through writer’s block and boost your creativity is by doing something.
When your mind is blank, and you can't put two words together, go do something. Step away from the computer and let your mind decompress without the weight of 'having' to write.
Take a walk. Wash the dishes. Take a shower. Talk with your neighbor. Build a treehouse. Read a book in a coffee shop. People watch at the mall.
Just do something other than stare at a blank computer screen.
Interesting stories don’t come from sitting on your couch watching Netflix. They come from experiencing the world in a unique and interesting way — and then telling that story to the rest of the world.
When you can’t seem to put two words together, get out of the house, and experience the world.
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Do Something You Don’t Normally Do
Creativity comes from doing things. Usually, from doing stuff that you don’t normally do.
So, to break through writer’s block, you can either:
- Do something you don’t normally do.
- Or, write about a time you did something you don’t normally do.
People don’t want to read about the time you sat on the couch and typed on your computer.
People want to read about the time you rode a horse through the Rocky mountains while being chased by coyotes. Or the time you ran a 50-mile foot race. Or the time you went to the grocery store and someone slapped a carton of eggs out of your hands.
Write about your life. It could be as simple as what you learned while walking through the neighborhood or as complex as the time you spent 10 days in a monastery without a cell-phone.
The inspiration to write doesn’t come from sitting at your computer, staring at a blank screen. It comes from doing stuff. From experiencing the world.
When you find yourself with zero inspiration and a completely blank brain, get away from the computer and do something. It doesn’t matter what you do, just that you take some time away from the screen.
Go for a run. Call your Mom. Lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling.
Interestingly enough, compelling, thought-provoking stories don’t come from sitting and watching Netflix. They come from experiencing the world in a unique and different way and then sharing that experience with the rest of the world.