As bloggers and writers, we are responsible for producing quality content as often as we can (or have to). When the creative juices are running, content seems to flow from our fingers like magic. The perfect words form the perfect thoughts, thus creating the perfect posts that our readers are bound to love and share all over the Internet.
But sometimes, the magic just doesn’t happen. Writer’s block is the bane of our existences, and it always seems to strike at the worst possible times. Nothing comes out. The fingers don’t move, or if they do, you delete whatever you just wrote because it sounded awful. The brain brakes screech to a stop and it’s over.
Real talk, though: writer’s block is the worst. If only there were things we could do to combat the plague of writer’s block… oh wait, there ARE ways to get past it and get the creativity flowing again!
Here are my six best, no-fail suggestions for conquering writer’s block as a blogger!
1. Go to your master list of ideas.
I have a blogging journal in which I keep multiple lists of blog post ideas (among other blog-related notes and ideas). When I’m in a blogging rut or battling writer’s block, this is usually the first place I look for inspiration. More often than not, some random note or idea sparks something that evolves into a great blog post. If you don’t keep a blogging journal (or any kind of notebook), I highly recommend starting one. It’s a great habit, for blogging and beyond.
My dear friend Gina wrote about blogging notebooks as her #1 blogging tool. She’s spot on about why they’re helpful and important!
2. Do something completely different.
Switch gears to another task for at least another half-hour. It doesn’t have to be another work- or blog-related task; you can vacuum your carpet if that’s what it takes. The point is, mentally stepping away from the blog post and focusing on something else will give your brain a chance to rest and recharge, so that when you go back to the post, you can approach it with a fresh mind.
I’ve mentioned the 50/10 rule before: for every 50 minutes of work, take a 10-minute break. You can apply the same concept to blogging, maybe not in the 50/10 ratio, but something similar.
3. Step away + take a walk.
Physically step away from your computer and do something else. If the weather permits, go outside and take a walk. This takes the previous tip to another level and really helps clear and refresh the mind. Taking a walk is also amazing for boosting productivity and your overall mood.Are you battling #writersblock? Check out these 6 #tips to beat it! Click To Tweet
4. Mind dump.
Take out a sheet of paper, or open a blank document, and write or type down anything and everything that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter how silly or dumb or smart or practical those thoughts are. Write them down. One thing always leads to another, which leads to another, which ultimately leads to an awesome blog post idea.
Sure, you may end up with a page full of unorganized thoughts and scattered ideas that, on the surface, probably don’t make any sense. But go back to it after a little bit, and something will jump out at you.
Pro tip: you can also do a mini mind dump in the “notes” app on your phone, if you don’t have a pen and paper within easy reach!
5. Talk out loud to yourself.
You might sound like a crazy person, but talking out loud can help lead you to a new idea. Some people think better if they talk to someone, even if that someone is themselves. There’s something about hearing thoughts out loud that helps piece ideas together, find commonalities, reach a conclusion or have an “a-ha!” moment. Give it a try and see where your audible thinking takes you!Writer's block is the worst. Conquer it with these 6 #tips! Click To Tweet
6. Look back at your old posts.
I mean your REALLY old posts. I’ve got four years worth of old posts. Sometimes I find an old post and decide to write up a new and improved version of that post. Other times I read an old post and something I said inspires a whole new thought or idea. Or sometimes I’ll write a follow-up to an old post. No matter the outcome, going through my old posts helped me conquer writer’s block and create new content to share with my audience. And that’s the ultimate goal.
Writer’s block happens, but don’t fear it. There are ways to fight it and get your thinking back on track. How do YOU fight writer’s block? What are your best tips for refreshing your brain?