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It happens to all of us. We’re making progress writing something, then we hit a wall. No matter what we can’t break through that wall. We can’t escape that corner we’ve written ourselves into.

Facing a thorny writing problem can be worse than dealing with writer’s block. Because you can feel that a resolution is in sight, that thorny problem be more frustrating. It can make you want to toss your computer out the window.

To overcome that problem, you need to get your mind off it. Here are some tips that can help you do that.
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If you’re on the go, or even if you’re not, it’s faster and easier to jot down and idea or quote with a notebook and a pen than it is with a smartphone or tablet.

What paper notebook you use is a personal choice. I’ve met writers whose favourites, and the reasons for choosing those favourites, don’t mesh with mine. There’s nothing wrong with that — I don’t believe there’s a one-size-fits-all solution to anything.

Here’s some advice to help you if you’re struggling to find the right paper notebook.
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Failure.

It's not a four-letter word, but it's treated like one. It supposedly has a stench. If nothing else, failure has a number of negative connotations — both perceptually and psychologically.

Failure isn't a word many of us like to hear. But failure is more than a word or an idea, though. It's a force that can mold you. A force that can drive you to strive to succeed. Or a force that can crush you. It's a force that forces you to pull back from a trying something and not try it again
Embrace Failure. 03 Feb 2016 | by Scott Nesbitt. A woman with her head in her hands, crying. (Note: This post was originally published, in a slightly different form, at Words on a Page, and appears here via a Creative Commons license.) Failure. It's not a four-letter word, but it's treated like ...
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We sat down with former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich to talk about his new Brave web browser:
On January 20, Andreas Gal, former CTO of Mozilla, the company behind the popular open source browser Mozilla Firefox, announced in a blog post that former Mozilla CEO and Javascript founder Brendan Eich had launched a browser called Brave. "Brendan is back to save the web," Andreas wrote, and I quickly went to the Brave GitHub repository and cloned the repository to build a binary from source so I could check out what Brave was all about.
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While I don’t indulge in (much) tool fetishism, every so often I re-evaluate the tools that I use to write, and the ones I use to plan and organize my writing.

The tools I’ve been using over the last couple of years have been fairly stable, but at the end of 2015 I decided to pare down the number of tools that I use.
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Switch strategies : http://sivers.org/switch
The directions to get you anywhere include a few turns.
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So I published another ebook. This one, a collection of essays culled from my newsletter News from Somewhere.

For less than the price of your favourite hot beverage at your favourite cafe, you can join me for a glimpse into some unique sights in Asia and the U.K. You can join me as I share my ideas and insights into ad blocking and surveillance technologies. You can join me as I try to understand and explain the deterioration of participation in civic life. And more.

You can find more information at the link below.
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Even though longer-form writing is making something of a resurgence, it’s still important to know how to write tightly. That’s regardless of whether you’re writing online or offline.

Learning to write short takes work. It can be difficult if you don’t have a good teacher or a good guide. How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark tries to be that guide. And it succeeds.

It’s a useful book that can help you come to grips with condensing your message without losing any of its impact
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"Making open source software, Cory Doctorow explained, is an artistic endeavor. Any analysis of why people do it should begin with that assumption."
Research on what motivates open source programmers to do their work could illuminate something important about the reasons we organize today.
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Get up to speed on the biggest open source news from last week:
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at GitLab's new features, OneOps continuous app lifecycle management software from Walmart, Gizmo from The New York Times, and more. Open source news roundup for January 23 - 29, 2016
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While I’m not sure that a picture is worth a thousand words, I know that a good photo can enhance your blog posts.

It’s easy, even for someone like me who’s not a visual person, to choose the right photo to accompany a post. Well, most of the time anyway. Having said that, there are a few small challenges around using photos with your blog posts.

Here are some ideas that can help you overcome those challenges.
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We all have ideas. Ideas for businesses, services, apps, a blog post or an article or a book. With some of us, those ideas come in fast and furious. With others, ideas come in a slow trickle. In either case, those ideas tend to pile up either on slips of paper, in notebooks, or in tools like Simplenote or Evernote.

A lot of ideas come into my head each week. A majority of those ideas wither and die on the vine. Why? Often, I just don't have the time to tackle them. But in some cases, the ideas aren't any good.

In the past, I'd cling to ideas with a knuckle-whitening death grip. Years would pass, and those ideas would still linger.

Stuffing them away like a squirrel hoarding nuts for winter isn't going to do any good. It won't get you any closer to making those ideas a reality. You'll just increase your digital or paper clutter, and older ideas will be buried under newer ones.
Dealing With Your Ideas. 27 Jan 2016 | by Scott Nesbitt. A pen, a notebook, and a crumpled ball of paper. We all have ideas. Ideas for businesses, services, apps, a blog post or an article or a book. With some of us, those ideas come in fast and furious. With others, ideas come in a slow trickle ...
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Writer. Blogger. Editor. Speaker. Consultant. Sometimes even a content strategist. Combining all of those skills, and adding a deft hand with technology, I help firms create focused, interesting, and insightful content.

I also help companies reshape, reorganize, and refocus their exisiting content to ensure that content is the best it can be.

It's not about the technology. It's about words and how those words help drive and advance a company's goals.

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