Writer’s Block: How to Borrow Content While Staying Original
The biggest hurdle to creativity is when people think they have to be original. If you accept that nothing is completely original and all creative work builds on what came before, it frees you up to start embracing influence instead of running away from it.
Experiencing writer’s block?
Every blogger goes through it. It comes with the commitment to creating quality content!
But what if I told you there was an easier way?
When I started blogging, I had no idea what to say…
I had no results…
I had no team…
I had no money…
I thought why would anybody listen to me?? I have nothing to say…
Then I discovered how I can use content created by someone else… While remaining completely original.
Today I’m going to show you how to easily overcome writers block.
What is Writer’s Block?
Google’s definition of writer’s block is:
Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.
Writer’s block is experienced in many different ways.
Timing: It’s simply not the right time to write. Your ideas may need to stew a little longer before writing them down.
Fear: Many writers struggle with being afraid, with putting their ideas (and themselves) out there for everyone to see and critique. Fear is a major reason some writers never become writers.
Perfectionism: You want everything to be just right before you ever put pen to paper or touch a keyboard. You try to get it perfect in your head and never do, so you never begin.
I personally struggle with perfectionism the most. I almost never wrote this post but eventually decided to just get started. I’m pretty much just winging it with a vague outline right now…
The point is I got STARTED!
Don’t let writers block stop you from getting started and creating awesome content!
How to Overcome Writer’s Block
Earlier this month I listened to a podcast from The Art of Charm titled “Steal Like an Artist“.
The guest was Austin Kleon who discussed what it meant to steal like an artist.
In it, he discussed how the people doing amazing work in the world take inspiration from others and create their own thing.
If you want to get creative but your experiencing writers block. Look at the content around you!
Take inspiration from it and create something with it.
Most of your favorite artists are shameless thieves, and will freely admit it. In other words, they don’t get bogged down by the fear of not creating something entirely from themselves — they observe what’s come before, learn from these influences, and adapt the work to suit their needs.
This is exactly what I teach you with I.L.T. (Invest – Learn – Teach)
- Invest in products that will help you build your MLM business.
- Learn from the content inside.
- Teach what you’ve learned while putting your own spin on it!
This will help you to combat writer’s block in no time! Heck, I got the idea for this post by listening to a podcast!
If you continue to struggle with writers block, take a 20 minute break. Listen to some music or go for a walk.
When you get back, take something you learned today and reteach it. Even this post.
If you’re going to steal, steal like an artist and put your own creative spin on it! And always cite the original source in your post.
What do you do to get over writer’s block? Share in the comments below.
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