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LIZ PURCELL - Page 2 of 73 - freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University

What is Citizen Journalism?

Reporting the news isn’t just for journalists anymore. The closing of hundreds of newspapers nationwide has left a vacuum in news coverage that everyday people are stepping up to fill. The result is a diverse collection of web sites and blogs that serve as an information hub for many communities.

The term for this trend is citizen journalism, and it is a major component of “hyperlocal” news coverage. What was once just a job for journalists employed by a news agency has made its way into the hands of individuals who do not have a formal journalism background. Many individuals are contributing through writing stories, uploading photos, or submitting other community events. This phenomenon has even been picked up on by major media outlets: CNN’s iReport being a prime example. Users are especially encouraged to use their mobile devices for sending in content to CNN and other major media companies.

There are many ways this trend has improved local news coverage. For example, many of the hyperlocal sites that use citizen journalists cover small events that are no longer in the mainstream press. Also, citizen-journalists are able to cover more events and profile a larger diversity of happenings because there are just not enough reporters to go around – especially with all the layoffs and newspaper closures during the last year. With so many smart phones out there many people are perfectly equipped to share content. News sites are making wider use of user-generated content, especially during natural disasters or other breaking news events.

There are some compromises to this shift in coverage. While news organizations generally take aims to ensure there are minimal conflicts of interests between their writers and subjects, no such boundaries or rules exist for citizen journalists. Readers don’t know for sure how much fact checking the citizen journalist did, or if there if there is some sort of cozy relationship between source and reporter. The bottom line is that regular citizens typically did not receive any formal journalistic training – so some of the details and news copy might be a bit rough.

In the past many people looked at their news with a Walter Cronkite-type of believability – if he said it then it must be true. Unfortunately for readers of hyperlocal sites this just isn’t the case. There are thousands of sources daily that contribute to hyperlocal sites, and it is difficult off-hand to verify if the information is correct. It is the dilemma with user-generated content. It creates a great sense of community among the users, but it means much of the information may be suspect. While overall most of the content that appears at such sites is probably pretty accurate, as a reader it would definitely be worth looking at it with a critical eye.

Despite these concerns the trend toward more citizen journalism is growing. More and more news sites are accepting amateur content, and other sites are building their entire platform around it. The question has become not whether citizen journalism should exist, but how sites should be using it to enhance some elements of news coverage.

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Writer’s Block – Or Writer’s Overload?

SLAM! Just when you thought you had it licked, that blank wall gobsmacked you!

There you were, all nice and cozy in front of your pristine writing surface, all primed and ready to write! And waited. And waited. And waited. Forever, it seemed. NOTHING!

After what seemed an eternity, you turned off the computer in disgust, put your well-crafted writing utensil back in its velvet-lined box, and slunk back to the land of the living.

Drained. Disheartened. Disheveled. Disgusted.

What a waste, I’m no writer. Heck, writers go through this a mile a minute. Me? An old, sprained mule could beat me on days like today.

And there’s been altogether too many days just like this, for my tastes. Perhaps I’m not cut out for this kind of work. Perhaps Mom was right: “Be an orthodontist,” she had said. But NO! I knew in my heart I was a WRITER!!!

Sound familiar? Some of the details may be changed, but I’ll bet you’ve had the same kind of roadblock a number of times before.

And in all cases, you’ve wandered away from the trades, feeling lower than a snail’s left kneecap.

Take heart! You’re not alone. Thousands of writers and writer would-be’s pound themselves in waves against the same wall. Some give in.

Want fries with that?”

Others finally figure out the key. But they don’t share.

Let’s look at what you call your “Writer’s Block.”

There are two aspects.

One, we’ve decided who is probably the main culprit: Your inner critic and censor, working overtime to actively prevent you from being “too creative”.

The other is more subtle, but just as real: you may be suffering from “information overload”.

Let me explain.

If you look closely at what you’ve been experiencing, you’ll probably find that one of the reasons that you’ve frozen at the writing surface is NOT for lack of ideas. It’s precisely the opposite.

I’ll bet that if you are honest with yourself, you’ll find that the ideas come to you all jumbled up and in great profusion. Your challenge, and why you freeze up, is because you’re having a hard time selecting from all of those ideas and themes.

At the risk of boring you, please permit me to tell you a little story as a way of illustrating my premise.

Imagine that you are in an empty, windowless room. In front of you is a blank wall with a door sporting an ornate door handle. As you look around the room, you notice that all of the walls are blank, bland, formless, faceless. A soft glow permeates the room and just barely dispels the gloomy darkness. Over in one corner of this otherwise bare room, you see a wizened old man sporting a green eyeshade, his sleeves rolled half way up, and he is studiously peering through coke-bottle bottom glasses at a clipboard he’s clutching in his gnarled, arthritic hands. The clipboard is festooned with rubber hand stamps of various colors and sizes, and, curiously enough, each of them has the same words on its stamp face: “Rejected. Not Relevant.” This little old man is also wearing a large, red button lapel that proclaims in bright contrasting letters, “Mental Story Idea Selector.” Your room companion ignores you, but you realize with a flash of recognition that this decrepit old man is your own, personal story filter.

You step forward, reach out your hand, turn the door handle and the door swings inwards. Through the open door, you see an expansive meadow filled with little bright yellow flowers that are gently swaying in a light breeze. There’s a hint of music in the air from some unseen source. The meadow stretches far into the distance.You notice that the meadow borders a forest of shockingly and brilliantly colored pine trees. Behind the pine trees, you see a towering blue-tinted mountain range. A rime of snow covers the very tips of the mountains.

It’s all so serene.

You call out, “Any ideas around here? Any at all??”

The words are barely out of your mouth when up from between those delightful flowers jumps a horde of slavering, scaly, hairy, slimy, green, brown, toothy ogres of all manner of shape and sizes from all over that beautiful meadow, and from even as far away as the furthest pine trees. Each of these unholy abominations is clutching some sort of large, heavy, pointed or rounded tool. Pounding the earth, mashing the flowers to used coffee grounds, they soundlessly run towards you.

You slam the door just in time.

You hear the myriad thuds as the monsters crash into each other. They pound furiously on the door, trying to break through.

Those ideas are ready to do you some serious mayhem!

The door groans from the strain of those ideas. As you watch in rapt amazement, the door pops open under the furious onslaught. You are aghast. There, seized in the doorway is a mélange of ideas, their arms intertwined, their legs locked together, and they’re wedged into an almost impenetrable mass, all trying to squeeze through that small doorway at once.

Your Mental Story Idea Selector, ignoring the open doorway, looks around the empty room and declares, “No idea leads here!!”

You look helplessly back at the door, and to your horror, notice that the door frame has begin to shrink. The ideas are further being squeezed out.

Again your Mental Story Idea Selector looks around and declares in a loud voice, “Nope, no ideas!!” Then your Mental Story Idea Selector reaches out his hand and without looking, slams the door closed.

“Well, guess we’ll call it a day. Nothing here. No ideas. Nothing at all! Perhaps we’ll have better luck tomorrow.”

You watch helplessly as your oblivious Mental Story Idea Selector stalks out of the room through another door which has magically appeared in an adjoining wall, leaving you now completely alone.

And you call it Writer’s Block!

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Role and Duties of a Motivational Speaker

Maintaining motivation level

Motivation is one of the most important factors that every person thrives to maintain all the time. This factor is required so that the task that they perform is completed successfully and at the same time they are capable enough to handle the situation if it runs out of time. This can be clearly witnessed in organization where the level of motivation is always required to be high. But there are times when your organizations workforce would come to lose their interest from job or they may start losing their motivation towards the work they perform.

Losing the level of motivation

Employees can lose their inspiration level for varied reasons. Such reasons will not be identified easily. During this time organization will witness a great downturn in its business activities. Managers or the owner of business enterprise will try all possible ways to bring back its work force in a right track. Some will win over this but some will not be successful enough to win the situation. And thus at this point of time they would look for third parties assistance so as to re-build the inspiration level of its employee’s.

Role of motivational speaker

Third parties who are ready to offer their services in re-building of inspiration level are commonly known to be as motivational speaker(s). These speakers are not ordinary spoke persons. They carry years of rich experience and they very well knew what has to be done so as to bring back the motivation level in minds and hearts of employees. Such spoke persons play a very important role in every industry and field. They perform the role of adviser, motivator, a teacher, manager, friend, colleague and many more such roles are performed by them. They ensure that no person is left out as de-motivated.

How do they perform their duty?

Motivational speakers are considered to be as a person who has the capability of showing directions to people who feel that they are cramped in their life. Their speech will consist of many live examples of famous icons. They will show case how a particular person struggled hard in his life and yet he/she was successful enough in achieving their dreams.

Motivational speaker will see to that the person is able to follow its speech and act accordingly. With the help of motivational videos, audios, play and mind games they would carry on their duty of expressing speech. Apart from this they would ensure to conduct a questionnaire session so as to check the level of competency among the group of people.

The job of motivational speaker is not as easy as we have thought it to be so. During their activities they must keep a watch on the group ensuring that everyone is taking part in it and enjoying what is been conducted. Those individuals who feel that they require additional assistance so as to solve their problems they can very well approach motivational speaker in personal and get their problems solved.

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Source by Sabrina Jose

Making Freelance Writing Niche Types Fit: A Few Niche Types by Definition and Description

Our Freelance Writing Needs Defined

We must make freelance niche types fit our needs, wants,

values and lifestyles, and we also must make ourselves fit

freelance niche types. Of our waking hours, we work more

than we do anything else. I keep this in mind when college

students come to me concerned about what to do for a living,

and I tell them (because I want them happy) to do what they

love. I also tell them (because I believe in the truth) to

do what they are good at.

The same goes for freelance writers. If we are talented, we

have a chance. If we have a severe work ethic we have a

better chance. And if we are devoted enough and relentless

enough (and¡ªahem–masochistic enough) about writing for a

living, we will be able to put on our vitaes that we are

indeed professional writers. But in order to do and be so,

we best find the freelance writing niche types or type we

will be spectacular at, staking out a corner in the niche

market, one which we¡¯ll bring passion to every morning as

that damned alarm (later a wonderful thing) sounds.

Niche Defined

From the Italian-derived French for nicchia, “a shell-like

recess in a wall,” a niche is an inset, concave enclosure.

It is this little enclosure we freelance writers need to

find, study, practice, and own. It is the small area of

specialty we make ours and offer to those in need. So the

smaller (and therefore the less competitive) the better.

We in the freelance writing business and those of us working

to get into it have plenty of industries to work with:


B2B (Business to Business)

B2C (Business to Customer/Client)





Publishing (online/offline)



Real Estate



Niche Types Defined

And for every industry there are tens of freelance writing niche types:

Creative Writing- I¡¯ll say again from my lofty loft of

opinions that I believe all writing is creative, as it is

generative. My point is affirmed when we look at all of the

kinds of writing projects a creative freelancer can do or

get into, from magazine articles about bushwackers and

George Bush to books about needlepoint and pine cone needles

and needling family members to¡­

Ghost Writing- Ghost writing is a popular preferred

choice of many clients, even those who have hung out a

writer shingle (or banner) and outsource the assignments,

collect them, pay us (hopefully well), and put their own

names on the work, be it a booklet or a book, a piece of web

copy or a piece of ad copy.

Proposal and Business Plan Writing- For profit or not,

businesses need writers to create proposals that show need

and get that need satisfied¡ªmonetarily. As there is with

all freelance writing niche types, with proposal and plan

writing a freelancer has the skill sets and experience to

prepare documents that will be convincing enough that if the

client needs hot soup sold in hell the writer will be able

to deliver. I have written two successful proposals and a

number of grant proposal reports (that ensured continuation

of the grant). They are somewhat interesting, but only to

those writers with a particular finesse for a cross between

technical and creative/dynamic writing.

PR (Public Relations) Writing- PR writers do concept copy

or concept to completion work in a number of media, writing

ad copy, doing the layout, and designing such items as

brochures, newsletters, press releases, media kits, and

more, to achieve the ultimate goal for the client: name


Technical Writing- Involving everything technical, from

professional, consumer, and user manuals to white papers,

technical writing depends upon a writer¡¯s ability to

organize, synchronize, structure, and develop the details of

technical content.

Web Content Writing- To meet the client¡¯s goals of web

presence and online branding using highly trafficked,

sticky websites/pages, the web content developer or

producer writes what are known as KRPs, keyword-rich pages.

This particular wave of freelance niche types was discovered

(years ago) to be most beneficial as SEO, search-engine

optimizing/optimized/ optimization, text (or content).

While I also specialize in mental health/disability writing

and creative and memoir writing, web content development is

one of my favorite freelance niche types. To get the

keywordphrase keywordphrase keywordphrase construction

clear, engaging, and entertaining while keeping it from

doing a hideous grammatical/ rhetorical pileup is a

challenge I look forward to every morning.

Hey, it beats the alarm clock jangling, signaling the dread

of having to punch a card at a factory or see the boss off

to work so I can clean her toilets and scrub her floors. Of

course, there’s no shame in those jobs­. I did them for

years to get through grad school. But that’s more to do

with the other definition of niche: “the status of an

organism within its environment/community, affecting its

survival as a species.”

And besides, I love writing so much, much more. It’s a

much better fit, one I wish for all of you who adore the

writing process as much as I adore it.*


*If this is the case, you definitely need to check out the

pages on my site with web content and writing niche samples,

articles that exemplify good, tight, even humorous writing

and that are about writing at the same time.

Works Consulted

Bly, Robert W.. Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make

$85,000 a Year. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988.

Hyperdictionary. WEBNOX CORP., 2000-2003

http://www.hyperdictionary.com/search.aspx?define=niche> 7

Dec. 2004.

Konradt, Brian. “Creating a Specialty.” Write from Home. http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/145.

htm> 7 Dec. 2004.

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How to Write – A Methodical Approach

Writing requires a methodology, at least if you intend publishing something a little larger than a blog post. A common mistake authors make is that they just start writing. This is like driving down a country road not sure where you are heading.. After a while, you will disorientate yourself in trying to decide whether content should be here, there or somewhere else. The end result is likely to be messy and the time and effort involved will be far larger.

Proper planning requires a top-down approach, not unlike the planning approach used in software engineering. It will save you time and produce a better result. Here are the essential steps.

  1. Purpose
  2. Research
  3. Audience
  4. Outline
  5. Content
  6. Presentation
  7. Review


Write down the purpose of your writing assignment, it will help in focusing your mind. What are you trying to achieve and why?


It goes without saying that you should know something about your subject matter. Find as much information as you can gather on the Internet, in magazines or books. Write down what is relevant to the purpose of your writing project.


Define your audience. It is essential for you to know for whom you are writing as it determines structure, language and content. Are you writing for children or adults, a technical or non-technical audience, a superior audience, peer group or a subordinate group of people? Maybe your audience is unknown?

  • If writing for a superior audience, you may need to start your document with an executive summary. Use it to identify your purpose in writing and what conclusions or recommendation you intend making, then use the remainder of your document to argue your case.
  • If writing for a subordinate audience, you need to decide if the content is instructional or informative in nature. Instructional writing requires a different style to informational writing.
  • If writing for a peer group, you need to accept that members of your audience may know more than you do about the material you are presenting, or they may know less. You need to take a less authoritative tone in the way you express yourself and possibly invite comments.


An outline is a plan for the structure of your document and an essential step in organizing your content. If you are the creative type, you could start with some brainstorming. Use a text editor and write down everything that comes to mind. When finished, sort the content into a logical document structure. Revisit your outline and add issues as they come to mind. If you are the methodical type, structure your document into headings and sub-headings, then make appropriate comments under each heading about the content you want to include.

Do not write your final content now and do not worry about language at this stage. Just concentrate on the issues you want to include. Make sure there is a logical flow in your outline and a proper sequence in the information you present. Does each problem or issue you raise lead to an explanation or argument about its relevance or its solution?

What you should now have is a document outline.


With your outline completed, you are now in a far better position to complete the details and write the actual content. Follow the document outline you have produced and now concentrate on presenting your content in clear, uncomplicated language. Avoid long verbose paragraphs, accept that readers are more likely to skim your document rather than reading it in detail. Long paragraphs are not appreciated. If you present a series of points or issues, write them as a bullet list or a numbered list. If appropriate, finish your writing with a brief summary of the main points you have tried to convey.


You need not worry about the presentation until you have completed the actual content. Now you can decide what you document will look like. You can now finalize the following details:

  • Document size.
  • Background color and borders.
  • Font selection for body text and lists.
  • Font selection, color and size for different headings.
  • Inclusion of images and their location in your document.
  • Headers and footers.


A final and essential step in your writing process is to spell check and proofread your document. The spell check you can do immediately, but I caution you to take a break before you proofread. We have a tendency to stare blindly at our own writing, not noticing obvious small mistakes. Rest and proofread with a fresh mind, not once but preferably a couple of times.

A final precaution

Save your work regularly. Re-writing a document that you have lost is far more difficult because you will concentrate on remembering what you wrote last time and this blocks the creative process.

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Source by Alex Backlund

The History Of Fountain Pens Part One-The Evolution Of The Pen-From Stone To Feather

The first primitive type of paper were clay tablets that were engraved with the help of a straw, the forerunner of the pen, cut diagonally in such a way to leave a mark on the soft, wet surface of the clay that in a second phase would then be dried so that the lines previously engraved would become imprinted.

Overlooking this interesting part of our past, the true history of the pen begins with the invention of the paper made from papyrus thanks to the skilled Egyptian people. This introduction generated a significant change which was dictated from the intrinsic characteristics of the papyrus paper that demanded ink in order to leave legible marks, and lines. The Egyptian scribes learned to fabricate red and black ink by mixing soot and oxidized iron with water and glue. In order to write with this tenacious, yet elementary ink, the scribe would submerge the point of a reed that by capillary action was able to absorb a small quantity of ink, enough to allow several characters to be written. This action was then repeated numerous times until the scribe completed his work: a task that followed writing through history until the end of the 19th century.

The evolution of the pen was a direct result of the development of the accessories of writing: from utilizing papyrus to parchment, and finally to the paper that we are familiar with today.

The first writing instrument with a point similar to a nib, made from a papyrus stem, was created during the antique Greek civilization. This pen with a nib was constructed by first drying a papyrus stem and then cutting it on one side in such a way that the point (a flute’s mouth) results split in two from one opening so that the pen obtained had a better result in respect to that of the reed used by the Egyptians, even though it’s correct use required much practice with the instrument.

With the introduction of parchment paper, the goose feather pen surpassed that of the reed (straw) given it’s strength and flexibility. From the 16th century, this kind of writing instrument was commonly used thanks also to the introduction of paper. The feather that became individualized as the most suitable for writing was the most external one of the right wing of the bird, that is then naturally turned to embrace the hand of who holds it. The process of making the goose feather pen that was introduced by the Dutch was composed of two phases: during the first phase, the feather was buried for a short time under a layer of fine and very warm sand in order to dry it’s inner and external membrane; and then, it was immersed in a boiling solution of alum or nitric acid to strengthen the feather for future use.

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How to Make Money Fast, Ghost Writing Articles

Whenever making money from article writing is discussed, the first way that everyone thinks about is ghost writing.

This means writing articles for other people that they can use however they want and even put their own name to them as the author.

Ghost writers only get paid once for each article they write, but because there is a constant demand for article writers, it’s possible to earn a good living this way.

But as you can imagine, in this profession, time really is money because you need to produce as many articles as possible in the shortest time possible. If you can only write one article an hour, you won’t earn as much money as someone who can write 3 or 4 article an hour, if you get paid the same amount per article.

Clients looking for article writers usually only want short articles on a fast turn around and they don’t want to pay a lot of them. This is why you need to be able to write articles quickly.

Ideally, you need to aim at completing an article, from research to proof reading, in 15 minutes flat. This means you can produce 4 completed articles every hour.

If you write full-time, this can produce quite a good income and as you continue to work, your process of writing will become easier and faster and you may end up writing as many as 7 or 8 articles an hour.

I have found that I can take one article idea and write it out 7 different ways which has really speeded up my article writing output because I spend less time researching because I only have to do it once to produce 7 articles.

But when you first begin, 15 minutes isn’t long to write an article, so you need to practice.

But within a week you’ll find it easy to write 4 articles an hour, including the research and proof reading.

To do that, you need to be focused and only allow a minute or 2 for research and proof reading, and no more than 10 minutes for writing.

Time is money so you don’t have time to procrastinate or criticise your own writing. Working to such tight time restrictions can really help with that because it leaves you no time to do anything except what you’re supposed to be doing.

And if you’re producing 4 articles an hour, working 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, that’s 100 articles a week.

Which makes it easy to see how writing faster can help to increase your income from ghost writing articles.

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Source by Ruth Barringham

Rap Songwriting Forum

When it comes to a rap songwriting forum, there is no better place to find the information that you need in order to write a rap song. Forums offer advice and tips from many people that are also involved in the rap music field and the majority of them know what they are talking about. You can learn how to rhyme words that are commonly used in rap songs and also the type of lyrics that you typically need in a rap song.

Additionally, in a rap songwriting forum, you can find many producers that are looking for people to write songs or rap skits for them. The forums can offer a great opportunity to hook up with a producer that could take you to the top of your music career. On the other hand, if you are looking for a rapper, a rap songwriting forum is a good way to discover new and fresh talent.

When looking for a forum, you will notice that there are many available over the Internet. You can look them up in the search engine and you will get many results. The best forums are the more popular ones that are listed at the top of the search engine results. Most forums will allow anyone to sign up and it is typically free though, some will require a special permission or invite in order to join the rap songwriting forum.

If you are a songwriter or a producer, it is important to have a network and people that you can rely on for support in order to get your career off the ground because there are many people in this world that are trying to get into the rap music field. The more people you know, the better off you will be. You never know who you will meet that might know someone very high up and can get you in the right door. However done, networking is important in the music field and a rap songwriting forum can be the perfect opportunity to meet some new people in the field in order to get your career going.

A rap songwriting forum is a great way to get feedback and ideas for your rap songs. In addition or as a supplement to rap songwriting forums, you can work with rap ghostwriters and editors. Ghostwriters can write you an original and new song or edit and rewrite one of your songs.

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Source by John Halas

Newspapers – The Vital Part of Journalism

Newspapers, in the beginning, started as a journal. Today, newspapers have become an essential part of human life. The profession which involved the creation of newspapers is today called as journalism. A newspaper is a printed media which publishes information on the hot sensational topics and breaking news from all over the world. It connects the people worldwide and keeps us well informed. From daily life tragedies to sports, politics, entertainments, advertisements, etc., a newspaper has all in it.

People should make a habit of reading newspapers every day. Newspapers also have some interesting sections for children like solving puzzles, sudoku, and many other interesting stories and GK contents. Reading a newspaper is fun as it refreshes your mood. One can improve his or her vocabulary in the language in which it is printed. Newspapers are not limited to any languages, and I think that is the best part of it. Nowadays, newspapers are not only available in print but are also published online in the form of news websites. Every journalism organisations have their own printed publication as well as news websites. Today, in this modern world, newspapers are playing an important role in the exercise of freedom of expression.

The national daily that I read every day is “The Hitavada”. It is one of the best and top selling newspaper in my city. Unlike every other newspaper like “The Times of India”, “The Hindu”, “The Hindustan Times” and to name a few which is available all over India, the Hitavada is distributed in only four selected cities. And they are Nagpur, Raipur, Jabalpur and Bhopal. It is divided into two sections- “The Hitavada” which keeps you informed about the worldwide events and news, and “The City Line” which keeps you well updated with the city whereabouts and happenings. An additional segment is printed on every Sunday called as the “Insight” which carries various pieces of stuff like articles on social topics, poems, health and fitness, biographies, feng shui facts, astrology and several other interesting sections including articles on different holiday destinations and places to visit in India.

On a concluding note, I would like to highlight that reading of a newspaper is of utmost importance for every individual since it not only broadens our views and aspects about life but also keeps us connected to the society. Newspaper, being a highly organised industry today, it is one of the cheapest and powerful weapons in the last analysis.

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Source by Sujish Kandampully

Dealing With Writer’s Block

If you’re a writer, you have, at one time or another, suffered from writer’s block. There is nothing quite as frustrating for a writer as sitting down to an empty computer screen – or blank piece of paper, if you are analog – and the words simply will not come. No matter how much you tell yourself that it will pass, or remember the old adage that “only writer’s get writer’s block” in an attempt to cheer yourself up, grappling with writer’s block can range from a minor irritation to a horrifying malady that stretches on for days, months, even years.

There is no surefire way to overcome writer’s block, no hard and fast rules that will combat the hopeless feeling you get when in the grip of a dry spell that you fear will never end. Sometimes, no matter what you do and no matter how hard you try, you just have to endure the pain and console yourself with the knowledge that this too shall pass. However, there are things you can try to break out of your rut, rather than placidly waiting for the block to resolve itself.

• Brainstorm. This is perhaps the most basic – and popular – method writers try to get their creative juices flowing. Sit down with a notepad – or open up your word processing program – and write down whatever comes to mind, whether you think it is a viable idea or not. You are not trying to rate your ideas right now, just generate them. If nothing is coming to you, switch to doing something else not writing related, but keep your notepad close at hand, and write down any ideas that pop into your head. Later on you can go back and go over the list, throwing out those ideas that aren’t worth pursuing.

• Browse the Web. The internet is home to a wealth of writing ideas. Hit up your favorite search engine and type in a word or phrase and see where it takes you. For me, news websites are a good place to go for story ideas, as there are unique and interesting things happening in the world every day. Even your friends and family can inspire – check out their Facebook or Twitter accounts and see what they are talking about.

• Take a break. Sometimes you just need to get away from your writing desk when inspiration isn’t forthcoming. Take a walk, ride your bike, or go for a drive, anything to get away from the blank page. You may find ideas coming to you while doing so – if not, some time away, not waiting for inspiration to strike, can do a world of good.

• Just write. Get rid of that blank page any way you can. Start writing with no objective in mind. Stream of consciousness is always popular, even if you are only writing about how you are feeling about not being able to write. I like to find an object in my office, be it a piece of furniture, my cats, or my computer itself, and describe it. Even if you end up deleting what you wrote or throwing it away, you are exercising the writing muscles in your brain, as well as honing your descriptive skills for when you do tackle a project you are passionate about later on.

These are, of course, just a few ideas. Search the internet for “writer’s block” and you’ll find pages upon pages of sites with ideas for combating it. Above all, the important thing is to not let the fact that you are stuck keep you down. Don’t give up, and like centuries of writers before, eventually the creative juices will begin to flow, and your writing will be productive again.

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Source by Trey Rosier

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