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8 Tips for Writing Sucessfully in Front of the Small Screen

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Struggling to find time to update your blog. Yet you never miss your favorite TV shows or somehow find yourself watching "Roeasanne" again, c'mon "Roeasanne". What channel even has the audacity to still play that show anyway.

You could be writing right now. Or least sitting there with pencil and paper in hand looking like a writer. Don't worry we'll get your hand moving across that page. This post will cover some tips to make things happen in front of the small screen.

1. Relax

Your writing can't be as bad as another episode of "Night Court".

2. Love the Reruns

Usually reruns are boring. "Seinfield" isn't so funny the 5th time. But when its time to write in front of the TV reruns are your best choice. The more times you've watched a show the easier it will be for you to tune it out and write. In fact buy some "Friends" DVDs and play them while prime time is on. You might miss the next "Prison Break" or "24", but you'll write better. Who am I kidding. I'm not missing my favorite shows.

3. Embrace Distraction

There is a reason your in front of the boob tube. Either your feeling tired, lazy, bored, stress-out, or your just procrastinating. In any case your there for distraction. Well writing is as good a distraction as any.

4. Accept that Your Not Shakespeare

Clearly the greatest poets of all time didn't write in front of the TV, which is good. It takes the pressure off. You don't need a muse flowing through you to get some good ideas down on paper. Your also there ready with pencil in hand if lighting does strike. And we're bloggers anyway. Not poets for god's sake. Take that black turtle neck sweater off.

5. Let Your Ideas Flow

Don't furrow your brow with concentration. You didn't sit down in front of the TV to concentrate. Just let the ideas flow without pressure.

6. Capture Your Thoughts

This isn't the time to do your most detailed writing or work on polishing a draft. It is a great time to come up with some ideas. Make lists of topics for your blog, or lists of headlines that interest you, sketch out some concepts, or write a rough article outline.

7. Turn Off the Editor

If inspiration comes run with it. This is a great time to turn off that internal editor. Don't worry about misspellings or bad ideas. Just run with your thought process. You'll be surprised at how much good stuff comes out. You might surprise yourself and bang out a good first draft during a 30 minute episode of, yet again, "Cheers".

Even if you end up cutting out half of your writing once you go to edit later on that's OK. This is work you might not have gotten written down any other way. Would you have found the energy or the time otherwise?

8. Have Fun While Finding Your Voice

Writing in Front of the TV is a great way to inject some of your personality into your posts. Your relaxed, your defenses are down, your just having fun writing. Its a good way to find your voice.

Worst Case Scenario

If all else fails you could actually watch that episode of "Law and Order" for the eighth time, which is what you sat down to do anyway.

Now tell the truth. How many of you have been writing in front of the TV lately?

TV

My TV is always on. So much for saving the planet...

Thank you!

Thnkas for post and useful tips

Cool!

Cool!

simultaneously

These are great tips and cool question for many of us if we can stay in front of TV and write simultaneously.

News

id like to read the new entries, for when???

I ave never had any problems

I ave never had any problems wth watching TV and writing at the same time.

This post struck a bit of a

This post struck a bit of a chord with me. When I don't know what the hell to write, I pick out a line on the TV show and try to work it into the post.

Great tips for budding

Great tips for budding writers. thanks a lot!

overcoming writer's block when writing articles

A great set of tips.

My feeling is we are all very different. What works for me, may not be so effective for anyone else.

However, I think it's fair to say that the worst thing you can do, when looking for inspiration, is to sit and stare at a blank PC screen. Inspiration rarely happens in a vacuum.

You need to stimulate your mind and feed your inner creative engine with fresh images and ideas. Going for a walk can help, riding on a bus seems to work for some and certainly watching TV with a notebook is a good practical tip to consider.

Perhaps the best advice of all is to experiment with different techniques and see what works for you.

Silence is best

This is a good blog and thanks for the wonderful tips. I prefer silence when writing.

Your tips are super cool and

Your tips are super cool and I know one thing, while writing, keep on writing and writing. Don't edit content or don't emphasize on formatting, just write what is in your mind. It worked all the time for me.

Nice post

Nice post there. It's real hard sometimes to find something to write about, and even harder to write it well.

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I think that your advice and

I think that your advice and know all the truth the most important thing in our lives this holiday after a heavy work day!

It is about the output and

It is about the output and results. I feel that I always perform better while watching the TV. I don't know what it is but it is true. I like your post because it removed many of my confusions.

Since I actually write about

Since I actually write about TVs for a living, I often have to write in front of them...of course, though, we tend to watch test patterns, not re-runs!

When I was young,I sat down

When I was young,I sat down doing the homework and watched tv.Usually I could not finish the homework.And now i am a writer,I can not concentrate my mind on the writing if I watched tv at the same time.

I am a blogger.I like to

I am a blogger.I like to write the blog quietly.I never imagine that I can focus on the writing with tv on.Maybe I deserve a try.

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exelent post! gracias!!!

Embrace distraction!

Humm! Distractions will happen.. but i usually get pissed off for that.. I never tried to embrace it..
Good tips! I'm not Shakespeare.. I can very well accept it.. But, u could have made it better!

Thanks for a great tips ...

Thanks for a great tips ...

Haha I love the worst case

Haha I love the worst case scenario. This is great, thanks!

Nice

Nice tips. Thank you. nikon p90 canon a480

Watching the Tube

It's great when you can multitask and write while watching the tube. I seem to do a lot better when I just turn it off, but I'll try some of these tips and see what happens. Thanks!

online distractions

i find online distractions even more tempting, forget the tv. So many websites and feeds to check but hey i update my blogs in the end!

You mean I could be watching

You mean I could be watching TV? Sweet! But here I am writing. Sometimes I wonder which is the REAL better use of my time.

Guys are easily distracted

Thought that this was a bunch of great advice for helping us guys find ways to get our work done while relaxing at the same time.

hard to write when football starts

hey, these are great tips... specially since the nfl season is starting, its always hard for me to update my blog on sunday because of the football games but ive started to DVR games now and concentrate more on my writings. again thanks for the tips.

Turn the silly thing off...unless you are using it to inspire!

TV...such a waste of good time. Just turn it off and focus. Of course...writers block can be a killer. Sometimes I do turn it on just to give me some thinking material. Most TV is not really that creative...but every now and then I see something on the screen that just inspires me to start writing or gives me an idea about something else to follow up on.

Haha this is great. Good on

Haha this is great. Good on your for not just admitting you work in front of the TV, but for promoting it :) I do it all the time ;)

Tips are good enough! Your

Tips are good enough!

Your tips are superb and I know one thing, while writing, keep on writing and writing. Don't edit content or don't emphasize on formatting, just write what is in your mind. Its worked all the time for me.

secondly, I don't want to miss my favourite TV

I don't want to miss my favourite TV shows but I can't stay in front of TV to watch and write simultaneously.That's why I thank you very much for these tips.

Great I also do the same

I also love to have music or something that will entertain me while I am doing something Important. I have the habit right from my childhood while i was schooling. My Mom used to get annoyed with me many times for this.

thanks for the idea...i

thanks for the idea...i spend a lot of time on the internet...thanks for the tip dude...will be checking back for more

I do so very often. I

I do so very often. I confess I can not watch the evening romantic episodes. But I absolutely did not prevent write articles that appear in the future on my blog.

I always write...

in front of the tube. I get tons of ideas about articles. There is something about it that invigorates the writing spirit.

Nice Tips

Thanks for the tips Sean. We can't really avoid distraction sometimes. It's a good thing you've come up with these tips because personally, I easily get distracted.

This is such a well written

This is such a well written piece of work! Thank you so much. I have been an avid web writer and now see the error of my ways! If more people read this site, then the internet will become a more useful place!

Fajerwerki

awsome topic, just bookmarked your article for future referrence

Working with your TV on is bit disturbing

Ya I face problems when my kids watch their favorite programs and I have assignments to complete.

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You write awsome article, thank you for interesting read

Brilliant stuff! cant agree

Brilliant stuff! cant agree more with the tips you've come up with. This should definitely help people relax much more with their own self consciousness! great article..cheers

Tips

Thanks for the tips.

writing or work on polishing

writing or work on polishing a draft. It is a great time to come up with some ideas. Make lists of topics for your blog, or lists of headlines that interest you, sketch out some concepts, or write a rough article outline.

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The more times you've

The more times you've watched a show the easier it will be for you to tune it out and write. In fact buy some "Friends" DVDs and play them while prime time is on. You might miss the next "Prison Break" or "24", but you'll write better. Who am I kidding. I'm not missing my favorite shows.

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true

It's an interesting phenomen,it's true it really does come easy when writing something also watching the TV.

Perfect 5

I guess these are the most perfect 5 tips for writing. thanks.

Interesting

Your tips are cool and informative. Keep on posting. Thanks a lot.

Great article. I especially

Great article. I especially liked the second tip, it is ofent overlooked.

I can't get any work done in front of the TV

My concentration span is like 3 seconds and if I try and work in front of the TV AND write something - I'll probably just keep checking my email every minute.

The only way I can do it is really force myself into some kind of time pressure - the pomodoro tecjnique works pretty well for me, working in 25 minute bursts, but there is no way I could use it in front of the TV.

That's a very inspiring idea

That's a very inspiring idea actually, there are thousands of things one can comment on over any current TV shows and people know TV shows. I don't know if I ever sat in front of the TV and write, considering the informative specific of my articles I should probably write during the news. I promise you I'll try that, I am sure it will be fun.

I cant' do it!

Great tips but I don't I'll be able to do that. I'm an easily distracted person and once I have the TV on... my eyes will be glued to it... and my hands would not be moving...

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