You want to write some new posts for your blog but all you can do is stare at your computer screen with no words coming to mind. Or you’re in the middle of your writing and you suddenly just get stuck with no idea how to proceed.
As a writer, you’ve probably suffered from this at some point in your career. The infamous writer’s block! That seemingly impenetrable barrier that, for whatever reason, you just can’t seem to get through.
As frustrating as it may seem, however, it’s not the end of the world! With the following helpful tricks and tricks you can get your engine going again!
Don’t start with a blank page.
For most writers, a blank page can be very intimidating and overwhelming. So don’t start with one! Find an interesting title and write it down. Write a quick outline for your post. Jot down ideas and phrases as they occur to you. Don’t think about having to write sentences or paragraphs – give yourself the permission to write badly and just leave the editing until later.
Many authors advocate freewriting as a wonderful way of nudging “inspiration“. Spend ten to fifteen minutes just writing whatever comes off the top of your head. If you can’t think of anything to say, you can just write, “blah, blah, blah,” over and over. The trick is to not stop writing until your time is up. This process trains your brain to tap into the words inside your head and it may even inspire new ideas for your future writing projects.
If you find yourself just sitting in front of your computer for too long without anything to show for it, grab a piece of paper and a pen and create an “idea map” where you make a visual drawing of your topic’s ideas and how they relate to each other. You can also try talking to people around you and discussing any topic that you’re interested in. Getting another person’s perspective on your topic might lead to a breakthrough that can kick your writer’s block.
Before you start writing, read something on a topic that you enjoy. Try seeking inspiration from some of your favorite authors by reading their work. Create an RSS dashboard of top bloggers in your niche or set up an alert on some of the keywords in your niche. Sometimes, reading can give you the drive and confidence you need to get back to the keyboard and start writing again.
Do something physical.
Engage in an activity that has nothing to do with reading or writing. You can try taking a walk, dancing, practicing yoga, or doing any other physical exercise that gets your blood flowing. Exercise clears your head, reduces stress and lifts your mood, making it easier for you to put your thoughts in some type of order.
These are just five of the most effective tricks you can use for overcoming your writer’s block. Apply one or all of these methods and you’ll find that writer’s block is simply a minor stumbling block that you can easily overcome in your writing journey!