Got Writer's Block? My Favorite Free Tool to Bust Through The Wall

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If you've ever written anything, you've probably had a run-in with that pesky thing called writer's block.

For the past few weeks, I've been laid up with a badly sprained ankle and deep soft tissue bruising. With all this time to sit on my butt, you'd think that I'd be able to get all this writing done. But instead, the exact opposite happened. I felt blocked, actually, I kind of still do. 

It's no secret that everyone works better with deadlines. Often, when no deadline is present and I have nothing but time, I tend to feel something many people call "writer's block", but I call it a lack of motivation. Here is where you can debate the actual existence of this malady--I know a few authors who say it absolutely does not exist. LOL.

That lack of motivation can quickly eat up all this time I had to write, and replace it with me scrambling to get things done. If you're anything like me, you don't enjoy that feeling.

That's where this handly FREE tool comes in. It's an online program called Final Deadline, and it's what I use to kickstart my motivation and force myself to bust right through that supposed "writer's block". 

Final Deadline is a fairly simple concept. It's a text box where you type, and you can set your "taskmaster" to a set amount of time that you have to write for, and a permisible idle time before the taskmaster starts to get after you by way of blaring horns and sirens out of your speakers. I like to set mine for 20 minutes of non-stop writing, with an allowed idle time of 10 seconds. Once my 20 minutes is up, I copy and paste it down into my word document and either call it quits for the day, or take a short break and then start another 20 minutes.

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Maybe you're wondering how beneficial this is. Well, here's the thing. Sitting around and waiting is not going to break through your writer's block. There are many different ways to do it. Sometimes getting busy, taking a walk, going for a drive...etc... will let that story get flowing again. But what happens when those things don't work? That's when the "job" aspect of being a writer comes in and you force yourself to just SIT DOWN AND WRITE. Final Deadline is just that annoying person who tells you to keep writing when you get distracted.

This is for first drafts, and it's a great tool that falls under my writing philosophy of "stop thinking, start writing"...

There are a lot of other ways to utilize Final Deadline, including project goals and reminder emails...etc... So I definitely recommend exploring the site a little.

Check out Final Deadline HERE and let me know what you think in the comments below. Or, comment with your favorite writer's block busting technique or tool. I'd love to hear from you :)

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Thanks for reading,

Christine Steendam