We've all experienced writer's block at some point in our lives. Ah yes, that horrible feeling where you stare at a blank computer screen for so long that you swear the blinking cursor is mocking you – or maybe that you'll be buried alive by all the crumpled up pieces of paper from your notebook. Writer's block strips you of your creative juices, turns your brain into mush – and honestly, makes you feel like a horrible writer. Well, that's what it does to me, anyway. So what
It doesn't matter if you're a veteran writer or an aspiring one, there is always room for improvement. I'm a big believer in this and even had an editor at a newspaper tell me once, "you'll be dead before you fix everything about your writing." A morbid outlook? Perhaps. But yes, becoming a better writer is a lifelong process. I certainly don't take my own growth for granted, and I feel it is my responsibility to share with other writers and editors what I've learned – especi
While spending time at a client's office last week, I commented that the big lunch I ate an hour earlier made me a little sleepy. One of the ladies offered to get some coffee, to which I replied, "Oh, no thank you. I don't drink coffee." "That's the weirdest thing I've ever heard," she said with a smile. "You're a writer." She's mostly right. Coffee IS insanely popular, and most writers (including me) are known for hanging out at coffee shops. Even many stock photos (like the
Have you ever wondered if writer's block can be a good thing? Psshhhhh! Of course not! Writer's block is like that bully on the playground who always gave you a wedgie right as you were finally about to talk to the prettiest girl at school. It's like the ketchup stain on your nice shirt just before a big interview. It's that one thing every writer knows about and tries to avoid at all costs. So how could anyone – anyone – find a positive in being saddled with writer's block?
So there I was trying to crank out an article when I realized how little I had accomplished. Four hours later – just me and a blank computer screen. Oh, the joy of writer's block. Writer's block happens to me, oh, almost every day. It's the bane of my existence, and the havoc it creates knows no limits. Writer's block can strip you of your creative juices, turn your brain into mush – and honestly, make you feel like a horrible writer. I was in pretty deep. But just as I was a