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How Imagineers Beat Writers Block

June 14, 2012 by Jeff James, Vice President & General Manager, Disney Institute

The pressure of meeting deadlines can be a powerful force. Disney Imagineers believe that the best ideas are brought to life after being given time to mature. They spend a considerable amount of time writing and can, on occasion, find it difficult to create a new idea or keep the ball rolling.

Remember, it was Walt Disney who said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Here are several steps you can take to help avoid writer’s block and meet your next deadline on time:

  • Get something on paper first: Resist the temptation to stare at a blank page. Some with something, anything, to work with.
  • Set it aside: Sometimes the best course of action is to set the project aside for a few weeks, days or even minutes.?
  • Come back later: Once you have given yourself a break from your project, come back and look for ways to improve the work you have already done. Consider asking the opinion of a coworker or friend.
  • Start over: You may reach a point where your idea just doesn’t stick. Don’t be afraid to start fresh with a new idea.

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