We have all experienced that crushing moment – when you stare at a piece of paper or your computer screen – and you have nothing to say.

Your mind is blank. Your hands sweat. You hyperventilate. And you want to give up.

Writer’s block is soul-destroying and can leave you wondering whether you are meant to be a writer or not.

But you’re not alone; a great many famous writers have tasted the bitter gall of not being able to put words onto paper.writers-block-vintage

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.

One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”  George Orwell

Diana Heuser is a South African-based author and entrepreneur, focusing on Content Creation Strategies, Personal Branding and Publishing

Diana Heuser is a South African-based author and entrepreneur, focusing on Content Creation Strategies, Personal Branding and Publishing

“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me.

“Then I can go on.” Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game

Lists are just another form of outlining.

When you’ve put it down on paper, the path forward is clearer:

  • Using lists is an efficient and effective way of clawing your way out of the creative abyss.
  • They help you clarify your thinking and allow you to see the gaps in your writing.
  • The great part is that this process can be used for both fiction and non-fiction books.

Click here to read how Bryn Donavan from The Write Life approaches the process.

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