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Overcoming Writer's Block When Writing Your Ebook

Mar 28, 2008
Whether you are writing an ordinary book or an ebook, writer's block is the patron demon of the blank page, or screen. You may think you know exactly what you're going to write, but as soon as that evil white screen appears before you, your mind suddenly goes completely blank.. The tighter the deadline, the worse the anguish of writer's block gets. The more important you get this job done, the more your mind wanders to other things.

Now, can you figure out what might possibly be causing this horrible plunge into speechlessness? The answer is obvious: FEAR! You are terrified of that blank page. You are terrified you have absolutely nothing of value to say. You are afraid of the fear of writer's block itself! It does not necessarily matter if you've done a decade of research and all you have to do is string sentences you can repeat in your sleep together into coherent paragraphs.

Let's make a list of what might possibly be beneath this terrible and terrifying condition.

1. Perfectionism. You must absolutely produce a masterpiece of literature straight off in the first draft. Reality check - Never going to happen.

2. Editing instead of composing.

3. Self-consciousness.

4. You're not focusing on what you're trying to write.

5. Can't get started. It's always the first sentence that's the hardest.

6. Shattered concentration. You're cat is sick. You suspect your mate is cheating on you. Your electricity might be turned off any second. You have a crush on the local UPS deliveryman. How can you possibly concentrate with all this mental clutter?

7. Procrastination. It's your favourite hobby.

How to Overcome Writer's Block

Here are a few easy steps to follow:

1. Be prepared. The only thing to fear is fear itself. (If you spend some time mulling over your project before you actually sit down to write, you may be able to circumvent the worst of the crippling panic.

2. Forget perfectionism. No one ever writes a masterpiece in the first draft.

3. Compose instead of editing. Take a deep breath and blow out all your thoughts.

4. Forget the first sentence. You can sweat over that all-important one-liner when you've finished your piece. Skip it! Go for the middle or even the end.

5. Concentration. How about thinking about your writing time as a little vacation from all those annoying worries. Create a space, perhaps even a physical one, where nothing exists except the single present moment.

6. Stop procrastinating. Write an outline. Keep your research notes within sight. Use someone else's writing to get going.
About the Author
Craig Summer is the compiler of
The Ebook Process
- How to Write Publish and Market an Ebook
which can be found at
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