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5 ways to break writer’s block

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If you are facing a writing deadline at work, and you just can’t find the words to put down on paper, consider these off-the-wall ideas to power through:

  1. Talk to an imaginary friend. In an office setting, you might risk looking a little crazy. Talking through your ideas out loud, however, can often spark your creativity.
  2. Change the way you write. If you are on a PC, switch to paper. If you are using Word, use Google docs. Change the size or color of your font. A new look or format can make your writing feel interesting again.
  3. Dump ideas. For 25 minutes, write everything that comes to mind. Don’t worry about structure or flow, and don’t edit. Take a five minute break, and then start again. Once you have dumped all your ideas, use 25-minute blocks to revise and ­polish.
  4. Complete a routine task. Clean your desk, make photocopies or some other quick to-do that doesn’t use brain power.
  5. Skip the introduction. People often become stuck trying to craft the perfect opening lines. Move straight to the meat of your content, and write the introduction later.

— Adapted from “27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block,” Henneke Duistermaat, Boost Blog Traffic.

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