The 3 Rs of beating writer’s block

Writer’s block is inevitable. But it doesn’t have to be debilitating.

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How to beat writer's block

We’ve all been there: you’re staring at an aggressive deadline to turn in a piece of content, and it feels like you’ve forgotten every word in the English language. You have nothing interesting to say, you’ve never had an original idea in your life and the words just won’t come.

You’ve got writer’s block.

This difficult condition is a near inevitability in every communicator’s life. But it is treatable.

Keisha-Gaye Anderson, former VP of communications for the Jed Foundation, recently shared some of her tips for combatting writer’s block on Ragan Training. She identified the 3 Rs that will help you beat back the negative voices in your head and get back to creating great work.

“Instead of a block, I think about it more like stumbling around a dark room without a flashlight,” Anderson said. “And the key to moving through this block is to shine a light on internal and external obstacles that may be holding us back, on things you may not even be aware of halting your creative flow, so that you can engage in effective planning, brainstorming and ultimately the execution of messaging that gets you the results you want.”


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