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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?

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Hello

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.

Hello

Such interesting read and information, thanks for sharing this post. I will check back to read your other new posts.

I can watch a movie over and over, but I can't tune it out.

I find that no matter how many times I have watched something, if it is good, I tend to get drawn back in... but I would have to say that watching something like "Green Mile" or something that is really long would probably work the best for me. I find that sitting in my hammock with my journal is the best way for me to get some writing done.

its the relax thing,you

its the relax thing,you could watch tv while writing. Just keep in mind what you are thinking to write.

Great stuff

Thanks for the tips

Make your editor watch reruns

I often write in front of the TV, and you´re absolutely right: reruns are perfect for writing - or for falling asleep. You don´t have to concentrate on the series at the TV if you know nearly every action and work. But the most important thing is to turn off the editor. At the beginning, it´s difficult to ignore him, but it becomes easier every time, and one day he will stay calm and watch the rerun while you are writing!

I almost always have

I almost always have background noise in and out of my head going on....

Not Shakespeare?

Iám exactly like Shakespeare! So this list only contains 7 tips for me :)

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Roeasanne is still on... the

Roeasanne is still on... the thing is, a lot of people don't watch TV anymore anyway. They watch everything on computers, which is even more distracting.

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I usually find myself wasting time on the internet...when I should be writing. Thanks for the tips.

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I have suffered writers block and usually i given short. Than, mostly i like that the TV helps some people to write.THANKS LOT

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I have suffered writers block and usually i given short. Than, mostly i like that the TV helps some people to write.THANKS LOT

Wonderful advices

If I take some of the ideas from what you are watching at that time on TV, and then craft them into posts, I guess. :)

These have really helped me!

I did read a similar article and i must say since i have started practicing the stuff given in the post, My skill of writing have amazingly developed.

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Most suits me the number 1. :)

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Nice info .. it may be helping, but i usually get inspired by browsing, but i will try your tips anyway .. :)

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when i use to study i love to hear music and that still continue when i write my articles..get some nice ideas if i do so..

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HI! Thanks for this wonderful post. As a writer, i get into episodes of "writer's block". Now when i came across this post, and tried to incorporate this with my writing regimen. And guess what, i've been more productive than ever!

Great Idea

Great idea...
Cool tips...I always write infornt of the TV...
I am doing so now..
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Thanks again.

New inspireing...

Thanks! But if you had writed this article in 2 years ago it would be better. Today I have an 24 :)

Thanks for sharing your

Thanks for sharing your tips!
Everytime, i'm in front of the tv watching a movie, i always do something else in the same time like drawing or writing, tv inspires me! :D

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What a shame you can't seem to live up to your own idea and can't find the time to keep up your blog. I love the design and the subjects. I hope you find the time to continue soon.

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Thank you for good information respecting :)

pen and paper, ha!

great tips! I've been trying to do that. Net book in front of me and remote control in one hand, not successful. I shall try the pen and paper instead... I might just scribble my way to a great post like this one. Keep it up!

pen and paper, ha!

great tips! I've been trying to do that. Net book in front of me and remote control in one hand, not successful. I shall try the pen and paper instead... I might just scribble my way to a great post like this one. Keep it up!

Television... such a waste

Television... 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.

Yes!

I always have the TV on, keeping track of all the sporting events. Right now, World Cup!

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This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.

Great tips, I actually did

Great tips, I actually did not think of many of these before, so thanks!

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thanks for the tips, i will try some...

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I will probably just get the

I will probably just get the cable connections here. Then I can put Sci-Fi channel and is an alien monster movies, the background noise while I work.

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Thanks for this good article.
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