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Good advice from Da Vinci

By 02/01/2011August 12th, 2022No Comments

Cure for writer’s block

(or business person’s block, or salesman’s block, or artist’s block…)

“The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.”

— Leonardo Da Vinci, Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, scientist and writer, 1452-1519 

When writer’s block hits (or any creative block to your productivity), do what Leonardo did – take a break. 

It sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes working less actually helps you accomplish more. 

When Da Vinci was painting The Last Supper, he would spend some days working from dawn to dusk.  Then, without warning, he’d take a break for a day or two.  The duke who commissioned him was not amused, but Da Vinci convinced him that he often did his best work after a well-needed respite. 

Most of us can’t afford to take off for a couple days, but give yourself a short recess now and then. 

Go for a walk around the block, lay in the hammock out back and daydream, or read your favorite fishing magazine or romance novel for half an hour.  You might just find yourself coming back to your writing with fresh ideas.

Steve Roller

Author Steve Roller

I'm a business coach, author, copywriter, world traveler (33 countries on five continents so far), and professional speaker. In addition to helping companies get more customers and make more money, I help other writers create profitable businesses. I offer one-on-one coaching, professional copy critiques, and live, in-person business-building workshops. When I'm not writing, coaching, or speaking, I enjoy nothing more than hanging out with my wife and four kids and planning my next adventure.

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