Every time I hear about someone complaining of writers block I don't know whether to feel sorry for them or be jealous. How I wonder in this day and age could anyone be suffering about something to write about? Most authors suffer from over exposure to ideas.
There is 24 hour cable news. Hour after hour of infomercials. Mail boxes full of 3rd class mail advertising more stuff than a person could catalog. Apartment stores like Walmart, Kmart and Target with aisle after aisle of interesting items in every color and size imaginable.
Writers Block Is An Attitude
May I suggest that the main problem of writers block is not an absence of subject material but an attitude. You just can't get started because you are spending time worrying about what you do not know about something instead of concentrating about what you do know about it.
Listen, life is like a magnet. You can not possibly get through life with out your brain cells storing away little items that you seldom think about until you really have to. There are a number of tactics you can use to get started writing about a subject you know little about and I have listed several of them I have written about at the end of this article.
But try this the next time you are faced with writing an article about something you feel you are unfamiliar with and you feel that old writer's block approaching.
First forget about what the article is going to be used for or how long it needs to be. You can make the decision once the article is written whether you will place it on a personal site, submit to Infobarrel or some other article directory or put it to some other use such as selling it to a webmaster hungry for content.
Get started this way. Simply open Notepad if you enjoy working on a computer or a pad or notebook if you like putting your thoughts on paper in your own handwriting. Just pick a subject and then without doing any research began writing what ever comes to mind in no special order.
Your Memory Probably Holds A Number Of Articles Ready To Erase Writers Block
As an example, suppose I was tasked to write an article about leaf blowers and I had never owned or used one. (In fact I was and I did and you can read the Infobarrel article here). What might my life's experience cause me to know about those things. I would just start writing or if I was using voice recognition software, just start talking.
- I know that those things are extremely noisy.
- I know that every landscape company uses them.
- I know that I see and hear them year around but mostly in the fall.
- I have seen models that are hand held and some models that use backpacks.
- I have seen them used for blowing leaves and clearing grass clipping from sidewalks.
- I have noticed that some have vacuums built in with bags to catch debris.
- I know that some are gas models and some are electrical.
Although I have never used or owned any leaf blowers I feel confident that what I remember from my own life's experience that the above thoughts are accurate.
What could I further add by again using my personal experience to discuss the above thoughts?
Well I know that that noise will cause hearing damage and that eye protection should be worn.
I know from experience with other gas powered tools that oil and gas and extra maintenance will be necessary to keep those models in working order.
I am also convinced that the electric models will need a long electric cord and from personal experience I am convinced that any cord over 2 feet long comes from the factory with a built in sensor that automatically searches out the most minute obstruction and causes the cord to become entangled as if by magic.
I also know that if a good electric cord attachment is not designed into the machine that the cord will constantly become dislodged. I don't need to own any leaf blowers to know this. It is part of any electric tool that uses long cords and I have had personal experience with many of those.
This pretty well exhausts my personal observations and assumptions but actually it is quite a bit of information.
However just to round out my knowledge before I began to formally write the article I will spend a little time at Amazon and see how the manufactures descriptions and the customer comments might add to my knowledge.
Within a few minutes I find that some customers complain about these features:
Some models with vacuums have poorly designed bags that are hard to attach or remove from the machine. The zippered opening on some bags is too small to allow them to be easily emptied.
Some of these blower/vacuum machines have complicated switches making the change from blower to vacuum very inconvenient. Some models have vacuum attachments that are very difficult to attach or remove.
While all of these machines are noisy, some leaf blowers are noisier than others.
At this point I have gathered more than enough information to write a useful article with out even mentioning any particular brands. Think of what I could write if I decided to review distinct models or brands.
I could probably write 500 words about electric cords. Do all electric blowers need grounded cords? How does wire gage affect the length of a cord? Which cord coverings are best for outdoor use? What are the best methods of connecting cords to blowers? What is the best way of storing long cords? Should they be coiled or can they be twisted as I see some professionals store them?
How about the bags? Size? Material? Zipper or Velcro closures? How should they be attached to the machine and how should the machines be stored.
Samual Johnson, (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), once wrote:
"When a man writes from his own mind, he writes very rapidly. The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."
Whats that? You say you need to write an article about “particulate matter”. Hmm. Perhaps you should use one of the methods I have listed below from my Infobarrel list.