The #1 Way to Overcome Writer's Block | Ken Wells | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Why Should I Take This Class?

      1:31
    • 2. Understanding the Best Brain States for Producing Creativity

      7:32
    • 3. How to Overcome Writer's Block...The Right Way

      4:55
    • 4. How to Complete the Class Project

      1:11
    • 5. How to Leave a Review for This Class

      1:01
    • 6. Conclusion and Next Steps

      1:43

About This Class

You're sitting there...staring at a blank sheet....trying to come up with the right words to begin...

...deleting...erasing...backspace backspace backspace

It's frustrating because you know that other times, the words just flow, as if by magic...

I'm not going to tell you that this class is going to solve all your creativity problems and that you'll never experience writer's block or creative block again.

What I will tell you is once you understand the mechanics of how the creative process works as well as how we get blocked, you'll find yourself having a lot of more control over your creative states of mind as well as a way to more predictably produce your best quality creative work.

Although this class is primarily for writers of all kinds (book writers, content creators, bloggers, copywriters, infopreneurs), it will also help you become overcome creative block of any kind.

In this class you will learn:

  • The Cause of Writer's Block and How to Avoid It in The First Place
  • The Easiest Way to Become More Creative
  • How to Quickly Get Unstuck From Problems
  • The Gateway to the Source of All Creativity
  • How to Overcome Writer's Block Quickly

So, go ahead and enroll now so that you can experience deeper creative inspiration, much more of the time.

Transcripts

1. Why Should I Take This Class?: you're sitting there staring at a blank sheet, trying to come up with the right words to begin deleting, erasing backspace, backspace, backspace. It's frustrating because you know that at other times the words just flow, as if by magic. Now I'm not going to tell you that this class is going to solve all your creativity problems and that you'll never experience writers blocker creative block again. What I will tell you is, once you understand the mechanics of how the creative process works, as well as how we get blocked, you'll find yourself having a lot more control over your creative states of mind, as well as a way to more predictably produce your best quality creative work. And although this class is primarily for writers of all kinds, so book writers, content writers, bloggers, copywriters, infra preneurs, etcetera, it will also help you overcome creative blocks of any kind. So in this class you will learn the cause of writer's block and how to avoid it in the first place. You're also gonna learn the easiest way to become more creative. You're gonna learn how to quickly get unstuck from problems. You're also gonna learn about the gateway to the source of all creativity, as well as how to overcome writer's block quickly. So go ahead and enroll now so that you can experience deeper creative inspiration much more of the time. 2. Understanding the Best Brain States for Producing Creativity: in this lesson, we're gonna be discussing something that most people are entirely unaware of, which is their brain waves and the role that brainwaves have in giving rise to various states of consciousness. And the fact is that certain states of consciousness are better for achieving certain tasks . So, for example, do in a highly analytical task requires a different state of consciousness than coming up with new creative ideas. And while we all know this intuitively, the fact is that most people don't understand their own brain or how to use it to achieve maximum results. The easiest way to become more creative is to change your state of consciousness. But before we get into exactly how to do that and how all of that is done, let's talk a bit about brainwaves. You see. In 1924 a German physiologist and psychiatrist named Hans Berger recorded the first human E E G in an E. G is a device that measures electrical activity in the brain, So I e brainwaves. The four most common brainwave types are beta alfa, fada and delta. Now, when your brain is predominantly producing beta waves, that is a state of consciousness that is generally associated with being wide awake and alert. So for most people, it is our normal waking state, and stimulating beta activity in the brain can do things like improve emotional stability, improve energy levels, attentiveness and concentration. When you're in baby, your brain is making finer and finer distinctions in his processing mawr information than some of the other brain wave states that we're gonna talk about. So one way you can think of it is when you're in beta, you are basically Mawr zoomed in on your experience. The problem was spending too much time in beta, which is what many people in the Western world do is that it's easy to miss the bigger picture and recognize the bigger patterns of situations and in our lives in general. I mean, you've probably heard the expression, you know, missing the forest through the trees, or you can't see the forest through the trees as a side note. When you get stuck on a particular problem, when you just can't. When your mind is just in information overload and you just feel like you can't see solutions to problems, it's normally because you're overly zoomed in and you're in a beta ST. So one other thing is, if you consume a lot of caffeine and sugar, it can also keep you in that state as well. One of one important thing to realize is that none of these brain wave states are bad or good. They're just better or worse for certain results that you're trying to achieve. Now. The thing about bait it is it. It is not the optimal state for giving rise to creativity, so the next common brainwave state is called Alfa. Now Alfa is commonly referred to as the gateway to the subconscious mind, and Alfa is a slower brainwave state than beta. In beta, your brain is producing brainwaves in a frequency range of between 12 2 27 hurts, whereas in Alfa it's producing a range of between 8 to 12 hurts. So the point is, your brain in Alfa is slowing down in beginning to process less bits of information. When you're in Alfa, you're awake but relaxed. You can recognize this state when you're deeply absorbed in a movie with your attention fixated or right when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed. Now, when your brain is predominantly producing alfa waves, you see mental imagery and visualizations. More vividly. New creative ideas tend to arise spontaneously. When you're in this state, you tend to notice different patterns in life because you're starting to zoom out a bit as it were, producing more awful waves will lead to more creativity Now. One way to look at brain waves is that different information is associated with different brain wave states. So, for example, excuse me. In other words, when you're in one brain wave state, you're literally processing the world in your experience differently than when you're in another brainwave state. Now the next one is theater. Dita is slower than Alfa and is a frequency range of between 3 to 8 hurts. This state is associated with light, sleep deep, relax ation and, interestingly enough, hyper suggestibility. When someone is in deep trance from hypnosis or an experienced meditator, they can reach that state while maintaining consciousness. This state is also associated with realms. Sleep states. Now Delta is the final brain wave that we're going to discuss. It's the slowest out of the four being a range of between point to hurts to three hurts. This is a state of deep, dreamless. Sleep when you're brain is predominantly producing Delta waves. Your body is in a healing and restorative mode and is resetting your internal clocks. You do not dream at all when you're in this state, and most people are completely unconscious. You know some some researchers will tell you that everybody is completely unconscious, but that's entirely open to mean. That entirely depends on who you ask. So again, we go in and out of these brain wave states. Naturally, when most people don't realize is that you can recognize an intentionally create various brain wave states at will, and there's many interesting things that you can do by stimulating certain brain wave frequencies. Now you'll also notice that the brain wave states Aaron ranges. So there are some interesting effects that can be experienced by being on the cusp between two states or by stimulating different parts of the brain in different ways. And there are other brain wave states beyond the four that we've discussed here, and there's a whole fascinating field of research that covers all of this in more depth. So if you look in the resource section of this lecture, you're gonna find some links, and some resource is that provide further explanation, and I strongly encourage you to look into that. The important point to realize is that you can change your brain with frequencies and use these different states for your benefit. Now, four highly effective ways to change your state are hypnosis, meditation, brain wave, entrainment and biofeedback. And I actually do have a course on meditation for beginners. If you'd like to check that out as well. So now that we've covered brainwaves a little bit, let's move on to some practical application of this knowledge. 3. How to Overcome Writer's Block...The Right Way: Now let's talk about how to overcome writer's block specifically. And although the things that I've been discussing in the last few lessons and that techniques are going apply absolutely to overcoming writer's block, this is a specific problem that many, many people have. So I wanted to address it head on. I mean, any writer has experienced this. You sit down to write, and there's just none of those creative sparks are are going, You know you everything feels disconnected. You feel muddled, like you're thinking through molasses is nothing's flowing. There's no inspiration behind what you're doing and you just feel like you're at a standstill. And so let's talk about how to overcome that. So here's what you do. One of the simplest things you can do is when you hit that wall, get up and do something else. Okay, go exercise. Go read a book. Go do something other than continue to try to write temporarily. The next thing to understand is, you want to remember back to what I said in the section on tapping into the source of creative genius about the conscious and subconscious mind. Okay, if you remember back to the example that I used there. The example. Waas. Have you ever been struggling to remember the name of a movie? And so you're you're at the dinner table and you're talking with your friend and you guys were like, What was that? The name of that movie that we saw? We really liked it. And you just for the life of you. You sit there and you're like, Oh, it's right on the tip of my brain. What What's the name of that movie? And you can't think of it. And then what happens is that you finally give up from trying to think about it, and you go and you get your mind on something else. And then what happens is is shortly after that. As soon as you fully get your mind off of it, then all of a sudden it just pops into your head, as if by magic. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's not magic. It's how our minds work. We have a conscious mind in a subconscious mind, and they do different things for us. So one of the biggest challenges in regards to overcoming writer's block and why people are in writer's block, you know, stuck having writer's block in the first place is that they're trying to do too much with their conscious mind so often times when you have writer's block it because your conscious mind is too involved in the process. You're overly zoomed in. Your brain is predominantly producing beta waves, and you're trying to do something creative from an analytical portion of your brain. The very best way to overcome writer's block is to change your state, okay, and I've included a couple of specific tools in the resource section of this lecture, along with instructions on how to use those tools there. A couple of brain wave entrainment tracks. This is one way that you can change your state and begin to start producing more powerful waves, which is a state correlated with creativity. Alert. Relax ation in. Being in a predominantly Alfa state is again often times referred to as the gateway to the subconscious mind, which is a source of creativity. Now, if you've skipped the section on tapping into the source of your creative genius, go back and review that whole section again because a lot of the the tools and things that I'm discussing in these later videos. They're not gonna make sense if you don't have that foundation. And finally toe overcome writer's block, you need to just write. You need toe flat out, right? You can't just wait to write until you're feeling that inspiration. In that creative flow, you have to just write, write anything. So change your state, get into a creative state of mind through the techniques that are revealed in this course. Right, Right, some more. And then when you hit that wall, when you hit that place where you feel consciously exhausted and you need to take a break, take a break. And don't when you're on your break, don't sit there and try to think, Continue to work on your writing in your head. That is a bad idea. You need to do whatever it takes to get your mind off of the process. And you can't trick yourself. I said that before. I'm gonna say it again. You cannot trick yourself and pretend like you're not thinking about it. You have to really forget about it for a little while. What happens when you do that is it gets delegated to your subconscious mind. And then, all of a sudden you'll notice that cool, creative, fresh ideas just begin to pop into your head spontaneously. So you want to be able to record those with a note pad or your voice recorder. So now that you have some ways to overcome writer's block, let's move on to the next video. 4. How to Complete the Class Project: Now that you've gone to the lessons, it's time to put what you've learned into action. So go ahead and practice what you've learned. And then to complete the project for this class, simply scroll down to here where it says, Start your project, Go ahead and add a title to your project and then in this space here simply include a comment, a question you have or a challenge that you'd like additional help with. And this could be a simple as a description of your experience. Then, once you've got this filled out, simply go down to this button. Click Create project and you're done. Now I invite you to go ahead, and you also have the opportunity to share your project as well on social media by clicking these buttons here or sharing the link to your project. So go ahead and take a moment and complete your class project now and then join me in the next video 5. How to Leave a Review for This Class : a lot of people don't know how to leave a review on skill share. So I wanted to just give you a quick video showing you how you can leave a review and help me continue to improve this class and future classes moving forward. So when you're on your course dashboard here, um, all you do is you go down to this little button here Ah, with the three dots, and then you scroll down to leave a review, and you can put a yes or no thumbs up or thumbs down, and you can include private feedbag, public feedback. What I would encourage you to do is, if you do decide to put a thumbs down for any reason, please leave a public review with some sort of statement of why you chose that so that I I can actually have feedback on how to improve. Um, And if you choose to instead put a thumbs up for the course, I would also encourage you to leave some comments so that I know what I'm doing, right. So again, thank you for your time and join me in the next video 6. Conclusion and Next Steps: congratulations on finishing the class. Thank you so much for enrolling and taking the time to go through the lessons. To really get the most out of this class, I invite you to review and practice this material multiple times. I'm not sure if you're aware, but we only retain about 7 to 10% of information that were presented with one time to really get the most benefit. It's advisable to review the material and practise the exercises at least 10 to 15 times to really get it now. You can also revisit the project area and continue to keep us updated on your progress by posting comments with your experiences, questions and challenges that you'd like additional help with. So what are the next steps from here? If you find this class to be really helpful, I invite you to go ahead and enroll in my other classes and give those a shot as well. Now, if you really enjoyed your experience, I also encourage you to go ahead and share this class with other friends, family members or colleagues that you feel would benefit also. And finally, if you'd like to be notified of free Webinars and resource is that will help you on your own journey of personal and spiritual growth. You can do that by going to my website in joining our email list for the Academy of Self Mastery. And some of the things I would invite you to notice is that the webinars that you're given access to for free the recordings of those air actually used commercially. So you're literally getting paid content for free when you choose to join our email list. So again, thank you so much for your time and for enrolling in the class. And I will see you next time.