Having a writer’s block is something most writers experience hence you should feel awkward.
For most writers and bloggers, there comes a time when you just know that you should be writing. But it seems your mind doesn’t want to play along with you. You sit down in front of your tool and you are staring into the empty space for minutes/hours without dropping as much as a word.
Sometimes this can occur if a writer is having a knack for excellence or uniqueness.
This kind of writer may find that after blogging for some time, ideas just seem to vanish into thin air. Because all the great topics on his/her blogging pad seem to have either been flawlessly covered in another blog or you simply have the title, but no content to write.
What should one do when they experience this?
Here are 7 creative solutions to crushing writer’s block as a blogger or content writer.
1. Change your environment:
A good way to get the creative juices flowing is to change your environment. Making a change in your surrounding will bring you to a point where you find yourself looking at things in a new perspective and generating new ideas.
Get away from your workspace to a place that has nothing to do with work. Go to a place where you can just sit down, observe and be distracted.
One tip that has proved very helpful in crushing writer’s block; is to go to where you find people your writing is targeted at.
For instance, If I run a fitness blog; I could just take a walk in the park, visit the gym, visit a restaurant that serves healthy meal etc.
Watching people in the category I want to write for, and “eavesdropping” in conversations surrounding my niche could spark up ideas that can solve real issues for these people.
2. Quit consuming and write freestyle
Using social media, the internet or reading materials relating to what your niche can be a source of inspiration. But at that point where you have already picked up your own tool to write, you should stop every consumption.
Mindlessly consuming contents has a way of sucking up your energy and reducing your creativity. Attempt writing without distraction. It doesn’t matter if what you are writing is making any sense or not, JUST WRITE.
When you are done writing; walk away, engage in another form of activity without thinking of your write up.
After a while, get back to your writing again; read, write and re-write some more.
This has helped me a lot of times in overcoming writer’s block. And I can bet you that it works almost all the time.
3. Talk to your mirror and record it:
Yes, I know this sounds funny. But we are talking about practical stuff here so I am going to keep it real.
This is very useful especially if you already have a title but cannot get yourself to write anything. A friend told me about this and I can boldly agree that it works wonders.
This is what you should do. Whenever you feel stuck and can’t get over writer’s crush; stand in front of your mirror with a voice recorder and talk about the subject you are supposed to be addressing in your writing.
Talk as much as you want to while assuming that you are actually talking to someone on this subject.
When you are done, play the recorded voice note and you might be surprised that all you need to do is TRANSCRIBE.
4. Use Visuals/Infographics:
Browse the internet for infographics in your niche.
Find a really good one that addresses real issues you’d be interested in writing about. And write detailed articles on the information found on such infographics.
At least, this will give you need ideas which in turn uplift your creative thinking. Thus, eradicating writer’s block.
Blogsdrop (coined from eavesdrop of course!) once in a while.
Who says you have to re-invent the wheel? Snatching post ideas have been happening since the word blogging came into existence; SO CHILL!
Let down your ‘I want to be Original’ guard. It doesn’t indicate weakness. Rather, it is you keeping up with the competition.
It’s okay to find out what your industry experts are blogging about; then CREATE YOURS and bring a FRESH TWIST to some topics they have covered.
Sometimes, it doesn’t even have to be from their posts. It could be from their readers’ comments. Answer those question that the readers are asking in your own blog post.
In fact, not only does it reduce writer’s block but also helps you to stay relevant.
6. Revise and Repurpose your old blog post
Go back to your blogging history. And look for that one post you feel you did not do justice to.
Or a post that needs to be updated because the things you wrote about then has changed. Yes, go back to that post and turn it around completely.
Likewise, another way to generate new ideas is to take a look at your previous posts.
Find a post that did relatively well and re-purpose it. Expand on it, turn it into an infographic, a video, an audio or whatever works for you.
Re-purposing your viral blog posts is one sure way to never run out of content idea.
7. Create a poll.
You can get opinions by creating a poll about a topic and review the outcome. Oh, have you seen the new Instagram update?
well, it is a cool way to interact with your followers. This will allow your readers to share their thoughts regarding a particular subject. It can be a subject that is currently trending or yet to be discussed.
So, engage with your followers, pay attentively and create solutions to it. Start beating writer’s block ASAP!
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Love, Sekinat Sanni.