Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner loves writing about technology and the impact it has on our day to day lives. When not writing, Kevin enjoys working out at the gym and hiking in the mountains. Follow his adventures on twitter @kevgardner83.

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  1. Emenike Emmanuel
    January 1, 2019 @ 5:47 pm

    Well said, Kevin.

    The super easy way I use in crushing writer’s block is by either reading a new book or changing my environment.

    Alternatively, I might want to do something that will stretch my thought.

    Thanks for your amazing contribution to this topic.

    Emenike

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    • Elvis Michael
      January 28, 2019 @ 7:50 pm

      Thats the beauty of this whole thing: Everyone has a unique method that works for them 🙂

      Elvis

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  2. Pedro :: Astute Copy Blogging
    January 8, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

    Hi Kevin and Hello Elvis,

    A fantastic new year 2019 to you both!

    Kevin, thanks for a fascinating post.

    Let’s face it…

    Writer’s block is something all writer (including bloggers) experience in one form or another, and it is a huge problem. According to Wikipedia, “Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.”

    Jeff Goins puts it this way: “[Writer’s block] happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose has turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you want to throw in the towel. Writer’s block. Every writer struggles with it. But what you do with it is what really matters.”

    Jeff Goins continues: “The reasons for your block may vary, but some common ones include:

    1. Timing: It’s simply not the right time to write. Your ideas may need to stew a little longer before writing them down.
    2. Fear: Many writers struggle with being afraid, with putting their ideas (and themselves) out there for everyone to see and critique. Fear is a major reason some writers never become writers.
    3. Perfectionism: You want everything to be just right before you ever put pen to paper or touch a keyboard. You try to get it perfect in your head and never do, so you never begin.”

    Even the amazing, and larger than life Maya Angelou also experienced writer’s block! She explained in the book ‘Writers Dreaming’: “I suppose I do get ‘blocked’ sometimes but I don’t like to call it that. That seems to give it more power than I want it to have. What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’ you know. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’”

    Hilary Mantel who the Costa prize for her novel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, gives this advice: “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”

    On his part, Jeff Goins offers the following solutions:
    1. Go for a walk.
    2. Eliminate distractions (Goins uses Ommwriter to focus on just writing).
    3. Do something to get your blood flowing.
    4. Play.
    5. Change your environment.
    6. Read a book.
    7. Freewrite.
    8. Listen to music (try classical or jazz to mix it up).
    9. Brew some coffee
    10. Create a routine. Many famous writers have daily routines to summon the Muse.
    11. Spend time with someone who makes you feel good.
    12. Call an old friend.
    13. Brainstorm ideas in bullet points.
    14. Read some inspiring quotes to get you started.

    Finally, let me end this comment by referring to Brian Clark’s ’10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer’, which I try to live by. He says:

    1. Write.
    2. Write more.
    3. Write even more.
    4. Write even more than that.
    5. Write when you don’t want to.
    6. Write when you do.
    7. Write when you have something to say.
    8. Write when you don’t.
    9. Write every day.
    10. Keep writing.

    Kevin, thanks again for your thought-provoking piece. And Elvis, thanks for the awesome job here on Listiller.

    Best regards,

    Pedro

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    • Elvis Michael
      January 28, 2019 @ 7:48 pm

      Superb post, Pedro!!!
      Can’t help but agree 100% with #13 (writing ideas in bullets). This is how i normally approach my content, and it really keeps me from feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed overall.

      Thanks for dropping by, hope you have an awesome 2019!

      Elvis

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  3. Aleaji Uzoma
    January 16, 2019 @ 12:50 am

    Great blog post this is,

    Personally, I take a walk or dimples take a pause.

    With time, ideas start flowing and I get back to it fast.
    Thank you.

    Uzoma

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  4. Nirv
    January 17, 2019 @ 8:19 am

    Hey, Kevin!

    As a writer myself, I must say that you are bang on the money, mate!

    One thing that I do is talk to three types of people – someone younger, someone my age, and someone older; all on the same topic. Then I go into a deep think about myself and try to identify my mindset.

    Sounds weird, but works like a charm.
    Also, I smoke! LOL.

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