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Wrecking Balls for Writer’s Block: Tips from the Greats

Do you ever find yourself experiencing writer’s block?  Do you sometimes have trouble transferring your thoughts into words on paper?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone!  Producing a well-written piece can be one of the most rewarding feelings ever, but the process of getting there can sometimes be extremely frustrating.  Here are some quotes from published authors to remember that should have you on your way in no time.

You might be the sort of person who gets caught up in trying to make everything sound nice from the beginning, but that’s not what you should be worrying about.  When you first start writing, just focus on getting your thoughts down on paper.  If you write the first draft with the mindset that it doesn’t matter how it sounds and you’re just going to discard it anyway, you’ll find that ideas will start coming to you with greater ease.  Note that often Hemingway’s well-known books didn’t start out as the classics we know today.

If you’re the sort of person who likes having your books perfectly outlined before you start writing, think again.  No matter how perfectly something is planned, you’re going to experience roadblocks.  If you keep your planning for your book flexible, the ideas you come up with along the way might surprise you.  In new ideas come better ideas, and maybe it’ll lead you to an ending that surprises you as much as it will its readers!

You should always remember that there’s a difference between constructive and destructive feedback.  If someone has concerns about something in your writing, it’s a good idea to take their opinion into consideration.  Chances are other people will share the same opinion.  However, you should draw the line when someone tries to tell you exactly how to fix the issue.  Remember to keep your work authentically yours: don’t let other people try to persuade you that their ideas are better than yours.

Keep your writing simple.  Remember that although something might make perfect sense to you, it does not always mean that it will make sense to your readers.  While you should always have your own voice, you have to keep your readers in mind.  Keep your writing accessible: you want to relate to your readers, not stump them.

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