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I cannot concentrate. I try to write and my mind wanders all over the place. I have writer's block again. Help!


1. If you can't concentrate while writing your essay, you're in very good company! Every writer is familiar with the meandering mind, and a lack of concentration is the irritating root of writer's block.

Here are a few ways to get back your focus:

1. Write in solitude. You can't produce good work if there's loud music playing nearby or friends trying to get your attention. Find a quiet place and settle in to write.

2. Write when you're most alert. Everyone is different—some people are morning people while others are night owls. I do my best work in the afternoon. Figure out what's best for you and write during those hours.

3. Turn off the TV. And the radio. Mute your phone and put it in a drawer.

4. Understand your topic. If you're writing an essay on "The Catcher in the Rye," you'd better read it from start to finish before you sit down to write. How can you write an essay on something you know nothing about?

5. Set a goal. Example: "I'll write my first body paragraph today, and when I've completed it I'll go to the gym."

6. Give yourself a break. Set a timer to go off every hour. Get up, get a drink or use the restroom, and then write for another hour.

7. Check out Stephen King's book, "On Writing." It's the best book on writing that I've ever read. You'll find it packed full of tips and tricks to help you decimate the writing block monster so you can concentrate on your work.

These are just a few things that can help you concentrate on your writing. Check out this link, too: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/6-tips-for-focusing-when-writing/"

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