Writers Block…

What is it and how to get past it!

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There are times in a writer’s life when they have no energy or motivation to write. They may stare at a blank page not knowing what to write. Not knowing where to start.

This can be for a few days or weeks. It is a difficult time for a writer. Most will tell you this is a frustrating situation to be in. So, what is this issue?

Well, according to Wikipedia, this is known as writer’s block. This is how Wikipedia defines it:

a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.

What causes writer’s block:

There are several reasons for a writer to feel blocked. If you don’t know what is causing your block, how can you overcome it? When you’re blocked it is easy to feel like you are being unproductive. You can feel like your writing career has taken a large step backward. It is not a good feeling to have. it can bring you down and make you feel depressed. Here are some of the most common causes of writer’s block:

  • Fear of failure

All writers tend to have a fear of failure at some point in their lives. They may have family and friends that they are wasting time trying to have a full time writing career. Their told that they are no good and they will never make any money writing. Some don’t let it affect their career. But for others, it can take over their dream of writing. Sometimes it can cause a writer to give up on writing completely.

  • Perfectionism

Some don’t get very far with writing because they are always going over every word they write. There trying to make it perfect the first time around. They don’t feel free to write everything in their head all out on paper or computer screen. It must be perfect. With this holding them back they can’t get anything written. Or if they do actually write something they have to go back over and over it many times. This will take them forever to get any fair amount written.

  • Imposter syndrome

For those who write nonfiction or blog, this is a common one to go through. They may not consider themselves an expert on what they are writing. So what happens? They feel like they are an imposter and that people will see right through them. This isn’t how it actually is in real life, but it is how they feel none the less. It can cause them to give up and not want to write.

  • Exhaustion

It could be that you are trying to do too much too fast. Or you’re trying too do too much in a day. Or you have a full-time day job that you work 60 hours a week and a family to take care of. This can make things difficult. When this happens you may be running on empty and need to take a step back and recharge. Suffering from exhaustion is not a way for you to be productive with your writing. It makes you put it off again and again. Try working only a few hours one day a week when you are off of work. Like a Saturday or a Sunday.

  • You’re distracted

It is impossible to write when you’re distracted. You may have lots of people around you. Or a tragedy has happened in your family. Or, it is right now when we in the world is having to deal with the Covid 19. This has everyone distracted. Kids are home and everyones shut in the house unable to go anywhere other than to get food and necessities.

It’s hard. I understand. I have am shut in the house for the past 2 weeks and I have 5 other people in the house causing all kinds of distractions. This has caused me to be very unproductive when it comes to my writing. My medium earnings have gone down a lot the past couple of months. Mostly because of so many people in the house causing my distraction.

It is my hope that in the next few weeks I am able to get into an apartment of my own with my daughter. I hope that with the two of us I will be less distracted and be more productive. Then my case of writer’s block will be gone completely. What I am lacking is routines. My routines without a house full of people interrupting or changing them on me.

  • Pressure from previous success

Have you had a book or two already published and found some success with them? This can cause you to become blocked also. You may be afraid that your next project will not do as well. Or that your books will stop doing well. Fear is a very powerful thing. It can stifle your creativity. OK so your not afraid that you won’t succeed again, but you are afraid you will. And you won’t know how to handle the situation should it arise. If you have never succeeded at something before and all the sudden you do, it can be hard to handle.

How to overcome writer’s block:

So, now that we know what can cause writer’s block we need to figure out how to overcome it. This can be easy and it can become difficult to get rid of it. Depending on the circumstances and what is causing the block. In this next section, I will talk about several different ways to try and overcome writer’s block. if you want to know more read on and I will tell you.

  • Plot out your book or articles

I know you may be a panser but sometimes doing some plotting can help with writer’s block. It gives you an idea of what you want to write or how to write it. It doesn’t have to be an extensive outline. In fact, it doesn’t have to be an outline in the traditional sense. List some scenes you may want to add. Or topics you wish to write about.

  • Keep a writers notebook

whether it is on paper or on your phone write down all your ideas, quotes you find interesting, writing prompts, and everything else you can think of. This will help you to keep from forgetting things that may find a place in your writing one day. This also helps to give you ideas about what to write about.

  • End distractions

Try writing in a quiet room of the house and close the door. Or you could wake up before everyone else to get some writing done. If you are able you could even stay up a little later after the family goes to bed to do your writing.

  • Read a book

Reading books is very important for writers. This is not only to entertain but also to learn more about the writing process. When you read books in the same genres you write in, you can see how they are written. It ccan even give you ideas for your own book. As long as you don’t copy word for word from them.

  • Free write

You can start out by freewriting until you begin to get into the flow of writing. Sometimes this is all it takes to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Brainstorm

Start by asking: “what if….” Then begin asking questions. Don’t worry if they are impossible or plain crazy. The point is to get your creativity going. Start with a single idea, sentence, or prompt. Then begin asking your what-if questions. See where it takes you.

  • Create a writers routine

Create a routine to get you in the writing mode. For instance: get a cup of your favorite beverage, light a candle, put some background on, and sit down to write. This is only an example. Your routine may be different. But this can help get you into the writing process easier.

  • Write something else

If you are stuck on a work in progress, put it away for a while. Go onto something else. Sometimes when you set a piece of work away then come back a few day, weeks, or months later your coming back at it with fresh eyes. This can bring back your creativity.

  • Take a shower

When you’re stuck on a work in progress take a shower and let your mind wander. Not only will you feel refreshed, but this can also help your mind work it out in the background.

  • Exercise

The same as taking a shower you can work it out in your head. Just let your mind wander while you’re exercising. Sometimes when your doing mindless tasks your mind takes over. You can then come up with ideas you couldn’t before.


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5+ Book Promotion Sites…

…For you to choose to use!

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When you self-publish your book you need to get the word out to let people know about it. Your book won’t sell if no one knows it exists then how can they buy it. The saying, “if you build it, they will come!” does not work with book publishing.

If you’re like me and hate the marketing process of it, I understand. But it is necessary to do it.

I have 3 books up on Amazon that I have self-published. But because of my lack of marketing skills, I have sold very few copies. But I am learning more about marketing every day.

My smoothie book will occasionally get reads through the kindle unlimited program. I have learned enough about marketing that I can market them better to get the word out. But I have decided to wait for a little on that.

See, since I have published them I have learned better editing skills. So before marketing, I want to take one down at a time and edit them all over again. Once I do this I will republish them and market the heck out of them.

I was reading a newsletter article about more than 100 websites for marketing your book or books. Some are free to use their services and some were offering paid marketing services. I was excited to read about those sites.

I had to share some of these sites with you because I was that excited. In this article, I talk about 5 different ones. All these offer a free plan and some offer small payment offers.

In this article, I have mentioned the free plans and paid plans. This will give you a glance at all that they have to offer. Also, don’t forget the extra link at the end of the article with bonus sites.

So what sites can you use for free? Well read on and I will tell you.

1. All author

Free plan:

  • Up to 4 books listed
  • Basic author page.
  • Up to 100 auto-tweets with the tweet scheduler.
  • Listing in the book directory.

Paid plan $59/6mo.

  • Unlimited books listed.
  • Not auto-renewed must be renewed every 6 months.
  • Premium author page.
  • 1 book in the features section.
  • List books that are free, KU, and 99¢ in the book deals section.
  • Author interview.
  • Unlimited 3D mock-up banner.
  • Weekly book mockup banner.
  • Review gif maker.

2. Book Angel

  • Books must be free or 99¢
  • Available also on Amazon.uk
  • The free or 99¢ deal must not only be available on prime or KU.
  • Free to advertise on this site.

3. Book of the day

Free option

  • Open admission

Paid option

  • $9.95.
  • 2 weeks on the front page.
  • 7 days on the sidebar.
  • In the newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Added to the categories page.

4. Ebook lister

  • Requires a 3.5-star review
  • Or a fiction book with no reviews.
  • A nonfiction book must have 5 reviews.
  • Books must be $2.99 or less.
  • It does not charge to list your book.

5. Human-made

Regular/free listing

  • Listed under 1 genre.
  • A permanent dedicated page per book.
  • Permanent author’s personal profile page.
  • These pages are shared on social media pages.
  • Takes 3–4 weeks from the submitted data to be listed.

Powered listing

  • All benefits of free listing.
  • Listed within 48 hours.
  • Extensive posting on social media sites.
  • Includes a random book block on the site. This is extra advertising.
  • Costs $4.99

Free books and deals

  • Costs $3.99
  • Will spread the word about your free or discounted promotion.
  • Will be extensively shared and announced.
  • The review process will take 24–48 hours.

Advertise with us

  • $5–50
  • Open to any company, organization or author. for those who want to advertise their products and services. Not just books and publications, through the website.
  • The adds will be placed on one of 3 specific spots that you can choose from.
  • The adds will run either 1 week, 2 weeks or 1 month.

Bonus list of 100+ sites:

Here is a bonus link to the original article that contains these site links. Be careful though, some of the links to these sites listed in this article don’t work. But there are still so many that do work and will keep you happy to use for a long time.

There is one difference between the article I read and my article here. In this article, I listed all the services you receive on these sites and any fees associated with them. The other article doesn’t list the complete services by the site.

There are only 5 sites mentioned in this article but the other one lists many more.

Conclusion:

Now you have some free marketing tools to get you started. Market your book or books. And one site even allows you to market your other services or mailing list if you want.

Try choosing one site per day. Spend no more than 15 or 30 minutes researching and requesting your book or books to be marketed. The next day goes to another site and do it again.

Be sure to keep notes on the following:

  • What sites you started marketing on
  • The date the promotion started on that site
  • How long the advertising will last on that site.
  • How much did you spend on marketing for that site?
  • And the data. Was it a success? Or did it fail? How many books sold due to the site (if the data is available)?

This shows what succeeds and what failed. What you want to use again and what you don’t want to use again.

So have fun with your marketing!


Note: none of these links are affiliates. I do not make any money by sharing this information other than what medium pays me for your read time on this article.


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