Dealing with anxiety as an author can cause often put undo strain on your creativity. If you have ever experienced writer’s block as an author, you know that it can be frustrating, stressful and anxious.
Writer’s block is often caused by a lack or loss of confidence due to a variety of things. There might be outside issues putting pressure on you to produce a quality product (e.g. a publication deadline, personal issues, loss of inspiration, or possibly a previous work that was not well received by readers and critics). Whatever the reason for the block, it is important to try to get past it before more serious issues result (e.g. physical or mental issues).
Authors often search for new inspiration and ideas when writing a book or article and for ways of overcoming writer’s block when it strikes. While research shows that there is no absolute way of totally eliminating anxiety for authors when they experience self-doubt or loss of focus, there are many ways that you might rebound if you feel that you are dealing with anxiety as an author. If you suffer from this condition and cannot get past it on your own, it is important to get professional help before potential long-term harm is done.
Here are three simple writing tips that might help you get back on track to a successful book or article:
1. Validate your title. Before writing an article or book, test out the topic to see if it is something that people even want or that might be a viable topic. For example, go online to Google AdWords Keyword Planner (or whatever Google is calling it at the time you read this article, since they change the site regularly) and search potential words that you intend to use in your title. This is especially important if you are posting articles on a blog or website since common keyword terms are how people search topics and find your work.
Other sources for finding a good title are Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble online. Go to them to search potential book titles by typing in your book topic to see what has already been published. If the title you planned is already in use; move to an alternate so that competitors do not benefit from your future marketing efforts. For example, if you use the same or similar title, a potential customer might search and end up on the competing book instead of yours.
2. Do background research on your subject. Once you decide on a topic or genre, go online, to a bookstore, or to a library and search out other books, articles and information on your intended work. Look for reference books that might help provide ideas for articles or other written products (e.g.10,000 ideas for term papers, projects, reports and speeches). Also search for materials that have been written on your topic and do some reading to see the types of content, style and information that the authors of those products used. Check out the sources they used or referenced in their work for additional ideas.
3. Check out your competition. While any current issue or trend is a potential topic target, if your research indicates that there is a plethora of material on it, you might want to fine tune or reduce the focus of your intended work. For example, instead of a book on “Successful Internet Marketing,” try something like “Successful Internet Marketing on Facebook.”
For more ideas and information on writer’s block and how to potentially reduce it, check out these resources on Amazon.