If you write content, writer’s block is the one thing that is surely going to rear it’s ugly head eventually. Writers block, however is something that can be overcome and the good news is that it’s fairly common. So no need to fear that something is wrong with you if you wake up one day with a blank slate wondering why it is so hard to figure out the next piece of content you’re going to publish to your eagerly awaiting audience. Even for my own candid fans, the Candid Writer experiences the unpleasant reality of writers block too.
So that brings us to the meat of the conversation in today’s blog post in asking this one question. How to deal with writers block ?
This 10 tip essential formula is comprised of a number of surefire and legitimate writers block strategies below that will surely be helpful in addressing your writers block. With that said, please consider bookmarking this page for quick reference in the future.
Writer's Block Strategy #1
WATCH. No we’re not talking about your wristwatch or anything pertaining to time. However, I am talking about watching people. When it comes to content, let’s face it, the more things that we can do to boost our creativity to get your writing kool aid going again is something worth looking at. People watching is a unique strategy to give you a different perspective regardless of the content that you’re producing for your website or blog.
As you engage in this strategy, think about the niche that you’re in and make connections. Additionally, just getting outside, sitting in a venue to watch people can invoke ideas that aren’t going to be realized sitting at home in front of your computer.
Writer's Block Strategy #2
This strategy is called SPARK. Some of you may read this one and be all in, while others may think, eh meh.. not for me, but when I struggle with writing personally, sometimes it’s all about watching someone else’s adversity to re-energize my mind beyond the writers block threshold before I’ll write another word. Whether it’s watching a movie that’s moving emotionally or just something to light a fire under me, video clips like this one (as seen below) can be the spark you need to cure your writer’s block. What I take from videos like this one is not to quit. That whatever I experience in my block for this moment is temporary and won't last forever, but that it depends on me to take steps to get through it. That my passion for what I do will lead me back to a place where I can get back up and write again. Most of the time, it’s all about the mindset. A spark is what got you started and getting the spark back will get you going again. Enjoy the video.
Writer's Block Strategy #3
Try some unconventionalism and visit the blogs that have a different spin and perspective in the niche you’re in. Just as an expression, but certainly something worth thinking about is looking at it from a completely different perspective (instead of seeing it with your eyes open, why not close them). Remember the days of just firing up a blog and typing away and that was the only way people blogged. Then all of a sudden photo blogs and micro blogs starting showing up. Blogging from a different lens spawned all sorts of new ideas. What will the unconventional approach do you for you to address your writing block woes ?
Writer's Block Strategy #4
Squash the crickets in the room. This is about answering all the questions that people have that no one else is answering. Few times are these questions easy and even in their complexity and difficulty, it will add to your credibility as a blogger and writer by those viewing your responses. Additionally, visiting forums, places like social media and question / answer websites can provide you with a bottomless bucket of inquiries that no one else is answering that you can thus curing your writers block when you are unable to come up with new material on your own. Even better yet, taking this approach, as I eluded to before can elevate you positively in a way that doesn’t happen when you’re simply answering questions or writing straightforward about topics that hundreds or thousands of others have already addressed. Understandably this differs from niche to niche, but is a worthwhile strategy addressing the writers block issue that everyone experiences eventually.
Writer's Block Strategy #5
Another strategy that’s meaningful in getting writers block help is what I like to call “jumping in the ring”. Get in the middle of an argument on a topic in your niche. Their responses and your contributions to the dialogue will get your writing about both sides & perspectives on the topic that people are disagreeable about. I get it that it’s not the most comfortable thing to do for some people, but if you’re the kind of person where disagreements don’t bother you to the point of uncomfortability, this is a writer’s block strategy that can be helpful in transitioning you from the block to writing meaningfully again.
Writer's Block Strategy #6
Flip writer’s block on it’s back with Flipboard. If you haven’t heard of this, then you’re missing out on an endless supply of ideas that can get you moving with respect to you writing again. There is always something to read using Flipboard.
One particular aspect that makes this one of the best outlets to draw from for your writers block is that it doesn’t really matter what niche you’re in. This strategy is far reaching because there’s conversation going on just about everything you can imagine which is great for us as writers. In fact, I would go as far as to say that you should look at Flipboard daily, if nothing else to develop a contingency of topics to jot down so that when writers block strikes that you can easily go back to the ideas you’ve written down so that the time you experience writer’s block is minimal and short lived.
Writer's Block Strategy #7
The next strategy is about fear. Yes, write about what makes people uncomfortable. Is there something in your niche that makes your palms sweat and makes your heart beat a little faster ? There’s always something that makes people fearful no matter what the niche is. Let’s talk about one in particular in blogging and maybe you’re not scared of it, but as people we naturally fear getting in front of a camera and talking to people we don’t know. What I’m referring to is hosting webinars. Depending on the type of blogging that you do, webinars are probably the easiest ways to get your message in front of a targeted and captive audience, drive traffic and generate revenue, but most people don’t do it. Why ? Getting in front of the camera is where it starts for most. Additionally, the fear of something going wrong and it turning into a complete disaster pretty much sums up the rest of the fear on this.
With that said, what other things in your niche do people fear ? Once you identify those things, they become topics that you can write about. This is a good strategy that can cure writers block at a time or moment you find yourself experiencing it.
Writer's Block Strategy #8
The next strategy is the RE-format strategy. With that said, I really love this one because it works so well but let me emphasize that copying is a short term strategy that I will never endorse and comes with terrible long term results. So just so we’re clear, “DON’T COPY” anyone’s material. Beyond that being said, this requires that you look at what your competition is doing and write about the same material but preferably do so in a different format. The most popular formats for information are currently:
- Blog text posts
- Podcasts / audio posts
- Vlogging / video blogging / video posts
- Infographics / informational photo posts
If you’ve come across material that is of interest to you that someone else blogged about in a text blog post then podcast it/make your audio version of the same topic. If they did an audio version of it, make a video version of the material on the same topic. It’s easy and since information can be found in many different ways just as I have explained in this post for your writers block, this opens up many new doors for you to get you writing again.
Writer's Block Strategy #9
Be all about the visual representation. What I’m talking about here is utilizing Pinterest, not to seek out photos to add to your next blog post, but to peruse their massive collection of images that can help you break through your writers block. Even if you do a simple search for pins on popular topics that align with your niche, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results and where the pins you discover may take you in developing new content ideas.
Writer's Block Strategy #10
It’s as straight forward as it gets with writer’s block strategy. This is about the “What If” and you fill in the rest depending on your niche. What if’s exists in every second, minute, hour and moment of the day. It’s endless folks and sitting down to write down “what if” can lead to any number of writing prompts to help you in your writing woes to get your pencil moving again to be able to compose and publish your next blog post. As I sit here, I’ve got 5 What If’s ready to go:
- What if blogging didn’t exist ?
- What if there was such a thing as mobile blogging ?
- What if Darren Rowse didn’t get into blogging, would there be a Problogger ?
- What if blogging couldn’t be monetized.. would anyone blog at all ?
- What if Google started their own blogging platform ?
I’m sure you can come up with more but writer’s block is very temporary for all writers and all you have to do is consider these strategies and add them to your workflow and I assure you confidently that you’ll never run out of things to write about.
Write on and keep this blog post handy and close for reference when you struggle for next content idea.
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