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Transcript of HOW TO OVERCOME


You can't come up with an idea
You literally can't even get started because you have no clue what to write about, or what story you want to tell. You're stopped before you even start.
You have a ton of ideas but can't commit to any of them, and they all peter out.
The good news? Usually when you're faced with the "too many ideas, none of them works" problem, you're a few days away from coming up with the idea that does work
You have an outline but you can't get through this one part of it.
There are two different reasons you could be getting stuck:

1) Your outline has a major flaw and you just won't admit it.

2)Your outline is basically fine, but there's a part that you can't get past.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Paint pictures, write poetry, design images in Photoshop, make a scrapbook or collage, or if you’re masculine, build something in the garage. Work on another creative project for a few hours or days and then go back to writing.
1.) Step away from whatever you’re writing and do anything that’s creative.
Do freewriting, outlining, or an inspiration web
When you get your body into flow, your mind follows
Move your body
Eliminate distractions.
Write early in the morning
When you first wake up, your brain is still in Theta mode, the brainwave pattern that your mind is in when you dream
Write while you sleep
Think about the problem. The next morning you will likely wake up with a solution to the problem and get back into the flow of writing.
The Glass-of-Water Technique
1. Before bed, fill up a glass of water. Hold it up and speak an intention into the water.
2. Drink half the water and then set the half-full glass on your nightstand.
3. Go to sleep
4. When you wake up the next morning, drink the rest of the water immediately.
5. Then go straight to your computer and write at least an hour without distraction.
6. Do this technique for three nights straight

You're stuck in the middle and have no idea what comes next.
You were on a roll the day before, and you wrote a whole lot of promising developments...but today... you have no idea where this is going.
You hit a dead end.
This is the worst. You realize that you made a horrible mistake and you've gone off course.
You're bored
The assignment doesn't interest you whatsoever. And the thought of writing on the topic makes standing in line at the DMV sound appealing.
Your feel your paper stinks, and it paralyzes you.
Otherwise known as the Inner Critic - you can't make any choices, because you keep imagining your professor tearing your paper apart.
You can't think of the right words for what you're trying to convey.
You can't move forward until you find just the right verb in this one sentence, and you spend a whole day's writing time staring at the screen and trying to figure it out.
You had this incredibly cool idea in your head, and now you're turning it into words on a screen and it's suddenly dumb.
This is your inner critic talking. It's possible you're actually seeing a real problem with your idea, and with the execution, but don't give up too fast. It's possible that part of your idea is salvageable, or that the idea is genuinely cool and you've gotten yourself stuck into a weak execution of it.
You're revising your work, and you can't see your way past all those blocks of text you already wrote.
Revising is a nightmare. There's no way to make this process go faster or more smoothly, a lot of the time. Sometimes it takes a while of looking at your text from different angles to figure out where the problems are, and sometimes you need more feedback from more people to figure out where the real structural weaknesses are.
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