If you’re a writer, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably encountered writer’s block at some point. Since I mostly blog, I refer to this as “blogger’s block” but it’s essentially the same thing. 🙂
The feeling where you’re staring at a white page, your fingers on the keyboard, willing yourself to write – but. nothing. happens. Then you start panicking because what on earth can you write about?Here are some tips for combating #BloggersBlock! Click To Tweet
I’ve definitely dealt with blogger’s block quite a few times now and it’s super frustrating. I notice that blogger’s block usually rears its ugly head whenever I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and I’m feeling overwhelmed. That’s what brings me to my first point…
1. Take a break.
If you’re experiencing blogger’s block, you might just need to take a break. Sometimes you’re doing too much and you’re burning out. The best way to find inspiration is to live life. It’s okay to step away from your writing for a day. If you don’t have any writing work due for anyone, you can take a day off to do something else. Go do some other activities that help creativity flow. Give your mind a break from writing for a while. 🙂
2. Free-write for a bit.
Free-writing is actually pretty fun for me! Just sit down with your laptop or a notebook, and start writing whatever comes to mind – uncensored. You may have to write just one word over and over again until a new thought comes to mind. Just go with the flow. Just don’t edit, backspace, or hold back. Just keep writing and you’ll be surprised what you can come up with. You may even end up writing something that you can edit and post on your blog!
3. Listen to some music.
Music is a major source of inspiration for me, personally. I feel like playing some of my favorite songs in the background as I’m writing helps my ideas and writing flow more easily. If you can’t write as well with noise playing, take a break for a little bit to watch one of your favorite music videos on YouTube. It’s a great way to clear your mind for a bit too!
4. Take a coffee break.
There’s endless debate as to whether caffeine is good for you or bad for you. There are negative side-affects and positive side-affects. In my opinion, too much of almost anything can be bad for you. But one thing that I find to be true about coffee is that it stimulates my mind and really helps me think. If you’re a coffee-drinker, take your laptop or pen and paper with you to a local cafe and drink some coffee while you write. The change of scenery could help you combat blogger’s block as well.
5. Write at the best time.
If you’ve read any books by famous author’s that mention their daily writing routines (like On Writing by Stephen King – one of my favorites!) you’ll notice that many of them write at the same time every day. The biggest reason for this is that we all do our best work at different times. For instance, I do my best writing in the evening – I don’t know why, that’s just when my creativity is at its highest. You may do your best writing in the morning, though. Figure out what works best for you!
6. Read something for a little while.
Try reading a book, blog, or magazine for a while. This could give you loads of inspiration. I’m not saying to copy what other’s have written – that’s not cool. But it could give you other ideas. I’ve seen successful authors say that they get inspiration for their novels from watching the news. This is the type of inspiration I’m talking about. For instance, you may see a post mention that they love coffee and then decide to write a post about the benefits of drinking coffee or something.
7. Try a mind map.
Mind mapping is another fun activity (in my opinion!) to help combat writer’s block. You probably learned this in school but just in case you haven’t, I’ll try to explain it. It’s quick and messy, but here’s an example: (feat. PaperMate InkJoy! ;))
Basically, you get a sheet of paper or something else to write on. You write your main topic in the middle, and draw lines off of the main topic connecting to subtopics. This will give you many ideas of things that you can write about. You can definitely take it a few steps further than I did – I just stopped because it was an example.
I chose “self-improvement” as the main topic. Then I came up with 7 subtopics and wrote down different subjects that fit under those subtopics. So using this mind map, I can come up with blog post ideas like “How to Set Good Financial Goals” or “How Mindfulness Affects Your Mental Health” and things like that.
Question: How do you combat writer’s block (or blogger’s block)?