An easy way to smash writer’s block (warning: contains sweat)/



Writer’s block hits us all at one time or another.

Some days, no matter how hard you wring your brain, the words just won’t trickle out.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re going through a word-drought of your own.

You’ve tried all your usual methods to clear the jam, but nothing’s shifting it.

What, then, if I told you there was an easy way to set the words flowing again?

One that will put you on a high for the rest of the day?

Believe it or not, such a method does exist.

Here’s all you have to do:

Put on your trainers. Step outside. And start running. 

It’s what I do whenever my mind goes blank during a sports translation or copywriting project.

I don’t waste time grappling with my muse – I just get up and go for a run.

And it works every time.

I don’t know if there’s any science behind it.

But for some reason the combination of sweat, endorphins and fresh air always seems to untangle the word-hose and fill my head with ideas.

Some of my best ideas, in fact, come to me during my runs – usually at the top of the hill at Alexandra Palace, overlooking the City of London.

As I stand there, bent double and wheezing like a deflating football, everything just clicks into place.

Running doesn’t just cure writer’s block, by the way.

It also helps if you’re stressed after a bad day, struggling with a tough decision or simply in need of a clear head.

Getting away from your desk and doing something different is always good.

But going out and working up a sweat is even better.

Try it yourself next time writer’s block strikes.

You’ll be amazed how quickly the inspiration comes pouring back.

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