You know, I used to feel so depressed when my brain wouldn’t cooperate. I mean, I’ve written three novels, 10 nonfiction books, and countless articles and short stories, and guess what? That feeling that I can’t get my thoughts out on paper NEVER happens to me anymore.

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It used to be that when I felt constipation of the brain that I’d go into my artwork. I used to paint quite a lot when we lived in Pennsylvania. I was never really uber good at it, but it was fun for me.  So, I’d neglect writing entirely and be creative in another way. It was only a short while before the blog disappeared. Something like that might work for you, too.

But what if you don’t have another creative outlet or the time or resources to pursue it?

There’s a simple solution. But I have to tell you, it might be painful at first.  Yet, if you do this, I guarantee that you’ll be writing like crazy, just like I do every single day of my life.

Listen, I write articles by the score and I’m in the middle of writing a book for Overcome Everything right now. Do I worry that I won’t do it because I have writer’s block? Absolutely not! Writing just comes off my fingertips as fast as I think.

So, how did I do that? How did that happen?

I wrote — every… single… day.

It doesn’t matter what you write, but you have to do that if you’re a serious writer. You have to write every day, 365 days, year after year. And after a while, guess what? It doesn’t hurt anymore. It’s easy and even fun.

Think of yourself as an athlete. He or she doesn’t just start running marathons, right? Heck no! They start with short distances and build up their stamina and their muscles until they’re ready to run that longer distance.

It’s the same for you. Write every day. Build your writing muscles and before too long, you’ll see. It will just come naturally to you!

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