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Article Writing - How to Overcome Writer's Block and Successfully Write Your First Article

Lessie Harvey
 


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Writer's block occurs when authors have trouble getting their thoughts on paper. They know what they want to say, but just can't seem to find the words to say it. This is a temporary problem for beginning, intermediate, and experienced writers. Temporary because you can learn techniques to overcome writer's block.

Over the years, many writers have shared their solution to overcoming writer's block, but the method that works best for me is mind-mapping. A less intimidating name for mind-mapping is a word I learned in elementary school - outlining. Remember that word?

When you mind-map, you are simply outlining what is to be included in your article. But the outline does not take the form of the usual outline - roman numerals, alphabets, and numbers. No, a mind-mapping outline is similar to a bicycle wheel. Your title is the center of the wheel (hub), the arrows connecting your title to your ideas are the bicycle spokes, and your ideas are enclosed in circles on the rim. Circles and arrows are all you need for mind-mapping.

Let's use this article as an example. The title was placed in a circle on a blank sheet of paper which represents the bicycle hub. From the hub, I drew an arrow to the rim for the first point I wanted to make. Above that arrow I drew a circle on the rim and wrote my point. I repeated the process for each point I wanted to make about mind-mapping. When I finished, my map looked like a bicycle wheel. The major difference is that individual circles replace a solid rim.

My title, “How to Overcome Writer's Block and Successfully Write Your First Article, " is in the center circle (hub). The points I wanted to make - define writer's block; give an example; define mind-mapping; compare it with something that is known; give an example; and encourage writer's to use mind mapping - are enclosed in circles (rim) surrounding the center circle (hub). One-way arrows (spokes) extending from the center circle (hub) connect the circles.

As you can see, I followed my mind-mapping outline. To see if mind-mapping is a technique you can use, try it. If it's too much of a hassle, ditch it but don't stop writing. Find a method that works best for you. Your goal is to write. Whatever it takes to write, do it.

If mind-mapping is a good fit for you and helps you write more articles, use it. Once you have learned this technique, apply it to writing templates. The more you write, the more your article writing skills will improve.

To receive a step-by-step guide to writing your first article, go to http://www.icoach-howtowriteyourfirstarticle.com

After writing your first article, you can also get two more free templates at: http://www.tipsforwritersandspeakers.com

I invite you to also check out the free weekly teleseminars on article writing at: http://www.icoach-articlewritingfreeteleseminars.com

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