How To Get Over Writer’s Block

Seeing as a major part of being a successful poker affiliate is writing content, the last thing you want to do is get stuck by not being able to produce new articles for your site(s). The more content you can write the merrier, as the more content you have on your website the more likely it is that you will be successful.

If I’m being honest, I’m no psychologist, so I can’t really explain scientifically why writer’s block comes about or how to manipulate your mind to get over it. However, I have suffered from writer’s block on a number of occasions, and this is how I get back into the swing of writing good content regularly…

How writer’s block comes about

In my opinion, you find it more difficult to write because you are simply thinking about it too much. For example, if you decide to go bungee jumping, anyone will tell you that it’s best to just get up and jump as soon as you are ready. The longer you take to do it, the more time you will have to think about it, and therefore the less likely you are to do it. The same kind of thing applies to writing.

If you start to over-think things, you can become incredibly critical of your own writing style. I don’t know about you, but every time I used to read someone else’s story as a kid in school, I used to think “whoa, that’s so much better than mine”. Although I used to think this, the real fact of the matter was that my work was just as good or better, yet the fact that I was so critical of my work meant that I couldn’t truly appreciate it.

How to get over writer’s block

If I could tell you to stop being so critical I would, but that’s just not going to have any effect. So here’s what you need to do…

  • Open up Word (or whatever you use to write)
  • Write the title of your article
  • Ignore the fact you have writer’s block
  • Write a paragraph, regardless of how shoddy you think it is

I feel that the core problem of writer’s block is actually getting started. If you think about what you are writing in your head, it’s easier to criticize it and pull it apart, putting you off from actually writing in the first place. So push your writer’s block to the side, and just write.

When you see that first paragraph in front of you, it should help to make you realise that your work isn’t half bad at all. But if you are still not happy, just continue writing another paragraph and another. After a while you will feel compelled to finish the piece because of the fact that you have already come so far, and that’s when things will start to flow naturally once again.

Poker affiliate writer’s block

As a poker affiliate, one of the most common reasons for writer’s block is the fact that you haven’t actually been playing poker much. If you haven’t actually been playing the game, then how can you expect yourself to have a passion for what you are writing? So play some poker to remind yourself what it is all about, and those fingers should flow more freely when you decide to type.

On the flip side, I used to find it difficult to write poker strategy if I was in the middle of a bad run of cards and losing money. I used to think that if I couldn’t win money myself, then how could I teach others? The fact of the matter was that I was a winning player, but the losing streak used to make me lose my motivation to write strategy. So instead, I would write news or articles other than strategy to help compensate for the lack of strategy articles.

Summary

Although writer’s block amongst affiliates might be a little more unheard of in comparison to a novelist’s writer’s block, it’s not all that uncommon. As a poker affiliate you could be writing hundreds or thousands of words every day for your site(s), and so it’s not that difficult to let one small criticism of your work escalate into full-blown writer’s block.

Some people are more susceptible to writer’s block that others, it’s just the way things work. But the majority of regular writers will have difficulty putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards for affiliates) at some point in their careers. So when it does come about, just remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and just keep writing regardless of how poor you think your work might be. It’s better to press on rather than come to a complete standstill.

If worst comes to worst, you can always outsource your content for a bit.

For more information on writing content, check out the content writing tips.

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