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Unblocking Creativity

Writer's block strikes us all. As Black and Stern noted, it's darned hard to sit down in front of a blank computer screen and start putting words in the computer.

Here are some ways to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Bounce ideas off others. Simply talking about your project typically will give you a whole new perspective. Listening to questions posed to you about your work will help you focus your writing.

  • Change your work environment. I have the luxury of going outside and sitting on a rocking chair overlooking a lovely valley. That moment in the fresh air helps bust loose a few cobwebs.

  • Turn away from your computer and grab a yellow legal pad and a felt-tip pen. Scribble down some ideas. Connect the thoughts on paper.

  • Take a break. Listen to a great tune. Take a jog. Then get back to work—you're on deadline!

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