If you’re a blogger, eventually you will experience what they call the writer’s block. It’s inevitable. Do you find yourself staring at your screen getting ready to pour your heart out for your next blog post, but only to stay blank?
Trust me, this happens to me at least once or twice a month, but for some daily bloggers, this can happy very frequently. Don’t throw in the towel just yet.
In this article, I will show you how to overcome writer’s block. Before we can find a solution, let’s first look at the problems!
Common Causes Of Writer’s Block
- Your Timing Is Off: Did you know that there are a time and place to write? I perform best either in the morning or at night. The reason why is because in between, I have chores to do, so it’s hard to gather my thoughts to write a blog post. If you can, dedicate a time to write.
- You Are Trying To Be Perfect: Trust me, I wish my blog posts are perfect, but it’s not. What I would do is focus on writing your content because you can always save it as a draft. Usually, I don’t publish my blog posts until 2 to 3 revisions.
- You Are Distracted: Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to sit back and relax? Sometimes I would find myself trying to blog while watching a television show. I hope WordPress will include some sort of sound notification when you stop typing for a certain period of time (throwing out an idea). This will definitely keep you back on track!
- You Are Afraid Of Criticism: I actually didn’t think of this one until my friend brought it up to my attention. He’s a new blogger himself and at times he would delete his entire blog post because he’s afraid that others will criticize his writing. I’m not implying that you shouldn’t care about what others think, but do know that your writing style is unique to you. People like uniqueness, not the same old boring repetitive robotic tone.
In My Opinion, How To Overcome Writer’s Block
Now I don’t think there’s an exact formula on how to overcome writer’s block. But I will share with you what works for me. There may be better methods for yourself, but do let me know if my method is working for you.
Method #1. Know what you’re about to write: For me, knowing what I’m about to write really helps because it lets me plan out my introduction, body, and conclusion. As soon as you have your title together, the rest should be a piece of cake.
There are many ways to gather content ideas. Personally, I recommend reaching out to your readers. Ask them what they want to read in the future.
Check out their comments and create a blog post that answers a question if applicable. And finally, use sources like Quora (Q&A Hub). Quora is also one of 7 proactive ways to build backlinks.
Method #2. Go out for a walk: Sometimes stepping away from blogging can generate some great content ideas. I get quite a few blog post ideas when I go jogging or hiking. It’s almost like trying to find a missing item. When you’re not looking for it, it’s everywhere. But when you’re trying to find it, it’s like the item is trying to hide from you.
Method #3. Free yourself from distractions: If you find yourself distracted and not focused on writing. Don’t force yourself to continue. Remove whatever is distracting you or remove yourself from the location.
Method #4. Change your environment: Similar to distractions, sometimes you’ll just have to change your environment. That’s why I would blog in my bedroom for a day and blog in my living room the next.
Method #5. Invest in a notepad: You can get a notepad at your local specialty store. Even though the notepad function is found in most smartphones these days. I still prefer to write things down. Whenever you have a content idea, write it down, so you can refer back to it later.
Method #6. Research your competition: Turn your competition into inspiration. I follow a big list of bloggers in my niche. Whenever I am stuck, I would check out their blogs to gather ideas.
Blogging is a process unless you’re writing a journey of yourself. Stay consistent and proactively work on your blog even if it’s something as simple as writing down ideas to choosing a good location to blog.
Keep This In Mind
The biggest difference between the average writer and a professional writer is not that one writes better than the other. The professional writer is the one that overcomes writer’s block while the average writer gets stuck and never finishes.
So don’t be afraid and just start your first sentence. The rest will eventually flow into place. That’s why people say, to overcome writer’s block is by writing. This reminds me of the time when I was afraid of biking, but I just had to bike in order to overcome the fear.
I hope this article helped ease your fear of writer’s block and how to overcome it. We all get it, but what makes the difference between success and failure is being able to overcome this obstacle. How do you overcome writer’s block? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.