Are You Experiencing Drought Conditions

Last Update: August 13, 2018

Can you imagine Sweden having forest fires? Hard to imagine but that is a reality that happened in Sweden during the month of July. You see like most of the world, Sweden has been experiencing a dry spell with extremely high temperatures and that has caused the forests to be sensitive to wildfires. Temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius are being experienced in places in Africa and people have actually died, due to the heat in Canada and Japan.

To me the concept of a forest fires in Sweden are like snow in Las Vegas. It is not something you thought you would ever hear or see. Both locations do not have the capacity to manage these types of situation. In fact, Sweden had to send an international call for help. Both Italy and Norway responded to the call.

Along with sustained conditions of high temperature comes the drying up of water sources and drought conditions occur.

Where I am currently vacationing in a part of Jamaica, Boston Bay, Portland, that is known for its rainfall we are experience the heat and dry conditions. It is widely known that rain falls daily somewhere in Portland. Not necessarily for long periods. The current conditions however, stretches right across the island and water restrictions are in place for some areas, especially in the corporate areas of Kingston, the capital.

What has this to do with Wealthy Affiliate? Well when you are staring at that blank screen and are trying to write that next post but nothing seems to materialize, you are experiencing what is commonly called “Writer’s Block.” I am sure we have all experienced this in some form or the other. It is not water, but the drying up of words. That is a form of drought.

You have done your research, gathered together the information you want to share, but the words just are not coming together. What do you do?

Well if you are like me you buy a plane ticket or jump in your car and take a trip. I carry my iPad with me, because of the length of time I will be away. When I was working however, and there were deadlines, the trips were out of the question. What I did then was to get up from my chair, go for a walk and change my environment. Most of the time that worked.

Another approach, and one that I teach to my karate students is to meditate before doing something active. Take your mind off what it is that you need to do or what problems that are bothering you, and focus in on the activity you are about to do. Then spend 30 minutes or more being active what ever your sport or activity may be, karate, racket ball, basketball, hockey.

The idea is to get your adrenaline flowing, work up a sweat, and your mind off the post that you want to write or the problem that needs to be solved. After the workout mediate again, still no focus on the post, but reflect on the activity in which you just participated. This does work, and there is actual scientific proof that it works.

If the above two do not break the block my last effort is to write down all the information that I have gathered in no particular order. Similar to Brainstorming solo. Once I have everything down I start to re-read it and see if I can make sense out of it.

Those are my solutions when I am experiencing a writing drought. I would love to hear how you deal with this common phenomenon?

Please leave a like below and if you have some other approach for solving the writer’s drought, please comment.

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newmarketpro Premium
A great post Harvey.
When I encountered with ' writer block' either I take a nap or go for a short walk. It's kind of clearing browser cache on a computer. LOL. The brain need a break from time to time.

Joe
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HarveyBrown Premium
Thanks Joe, both methods have proven helpful over the years, especially the walk. I like the browser cache analogy. The brain very much needs a shut down every so often..
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Vickic3 Premium
I go out in my garden and sit for a while
This refreshes me almost instantly
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and keep on with the good work
Vicki
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HarveyBrown Premium
Thanks Vicki, change of surroundings is a good way of clearing the fog and giving the mind a rest.
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Tirolith Premium
Australia is a country of extremes.
The tropical north was flooded earlier this year while the center has not seen rain for two years. The Snowy Mts in the south has had the best snow for years. The south-west is having a lot of rain.
A big drought is hurting the middle eastern state and thousands of sheep and cattle are dying. Hundreds of huge trucks are sending feed thousands of miles to help out.
Thousands of farmers are on their last legs. Now huge bushfires are starting.
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HarveyBrown Premium
Thanks for the information Tom. It really is incredible what is happening around the globe. Thanks for the photo, that is a lot of hay and really demonstrates how people will pull together in a time of crisis.
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Tirolith Premium
People are donating millions of dollars to help the farmers on the brink of losing everything. Hundreds of kangaroos are coming out of the bush and eating the hay as well.
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HarveyBrown Premium
It really is a global phenomenon. Let us pray everyone comes out the other end.
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JWhite5 Premium
Well written,thought provoking effective post my friend Harvey!
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HarveyBrown Premium
Thank you John
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JWhite5 Premium
You are welcome
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IamVirginia Premium
A hot bath, a scented candle, and a glass of wine clears my head.
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HarveyBrown Premium
Lol, water and aromatherapy are two excellent ways to relax the mind and body at the same time. I usually reserve the wine or beer until after I have completed the task. Might get carried away with that part and not return to the task at hand. Thanks for sharing.
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IamVirginia Premium
I do too. The wine is a late night, wind down thingy for me.
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IamVirginia Premium
If I get writer's block during the day, I just walk away from it for a while. I focus on something else. I may not get back to writing that day. But that is OK. I give myself permission to take breaks. I am my own master! No more due dates for me!
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HarveyBrown Premium
Thanks Virginia, that is a proven approach. We are sometimes our own hardest masters when it comes to delivering post and setting time.
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IamVirginia Premium
I love the fact that I do not have to rush this. I have a meager income right now, so I get by. I can take my time working on my dream. I love to write, so I know that I am where I am supposed to be. Writing is not a problem for me. It is the training that is tedious . But I'll get there! I'm not a quitter!
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