writer's block
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In this second installment of the series, I’m going to discuss how to use the second technique that I listed in “Writer’s Block: Curing the Affliction.”  The second technique that I recommend is to turn your gab into written words.

Okay, it’s easier said than done, so let’s see how it’s done.

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m garrulous, voluble, talkative, verbose. Get the picture? I’m bumping my gums about something nearly all the time. I have passion and opinion and interests that I want to share, and sometimes I don’t care if others are interested in being on the receiving end of my excitement. So, I harness that energy and put it into words on paper (or the screen) and that’s one of many ways I get down to the business of writing. I harness my excitement about oral communication, and convert it into a different form of communication.

Essentially, it’s a translation from one interest to another. I like to talk, but I can’t sit at my computer and talk all day, so I write instead. It satisfies my interest in teaching, explaining, discussing, lecturing, admonishing or whatever I feel like I need to do that day or at that moment. Instead of flapping my mouth, I’m tapping on the keyword. I simply funnel my desire to speak through my fingers and what I’d like to discuss comes out on the screen in front of me instead of being heard in the room.

Simple enough. But quite troubling for those who are reticent or even taciturn by nature. There must be another solution. There is.

For those who find it hard to speak out loud, start finding a way to be more vocal in your daily life. Try the following:

  • Teach someone a skill.
  • Preach about the virtues of an activity.
  • Tell a joke to amuse others.
  • Take an interest in the life of another by asking questions.
  • Talk to yourself or your pet about a problem or idea.
  • Read a book aloud.
  • Talk to a child.
  • Converse with someone who is even less comfortable with conversation, so you’ll need to carry the conversation.

Do something to fire up your ability to converse with yourself or others, then turn that energy, those ideas and that experience into a piece of writing.

If you’re not big on talking, then that’s okay. It’s not for everyone. Like one of my acquaintances from Thailand said to me when I asked him why he wasn’t going to go up on stage, like me, and sing a song with the band, “Someone has to listen.”

So, if you’re a talker, use this technique. If you’re a listener, then wait for technique #20 and I’ll tell you how I use that to create great opportunities to write about what others talk about while you simply listen.

Clair Schwan is the managing editor of Self-Reliance-Works.com where he and his team of writers meet the challenge of regularly writing about nearly everything under the sun that is oriented towards self-reliance, including the many forms of human communication.