15 Effective Ways You Can Beat Writer’s Block
Newbie or not, we small business bloggers sometimes face one of our worst enemies (next to computer crashes): the dreaded writer’s block, or should I say, blogger’s block.
There are just days when we simply feel “blank”; no ideas, no inspiration, nothing to get us to start weaving stories or blog posts for that matter.
We can waste so much time just by staring on our monitors and sitting around, trying to force ourselves to think of something to write, yet this does not solve our problem.
So instead of looking at it in a somber perspective, let’s take another approach and use fifteen easy and helpful ways to beat writer’s block. Most are insanely practical: from sleeping to talking to imaginary friends, you'll find this list pretty useful.
Ready? Let's do it!
1. Write something else.
If you hit writer’s block while in the middle of a particular project, try writing something else. Shift your focus to another project, whether for a client or for your own blog or site, that you have been wanting to do.
Get your hands started on writing pieces you have an abundance of ideas about and then return to the initial one when your mind is creatively refreshed.
This way, not only will you use your time doing something productive, you may also pick up new ideas. Remember your project deadlines though and don't fall victim to the shiny object syndrome!
2. Do something else.
Aside from writing something else, why not do something else to stir your imagination.
Have you been itching to draw, paint, or make an airplane model but never really got to starting it? Now is the perfect time to do it! Engaging in other ways to express your creativity helps you feel more relaxed and therefore more likely to write better.
Just be sure not to spend your entire time drawing, painting , dancing or singing. Once you feel rejuvenated, get back on writing your epic blog post or article.
3. Watch a movie.
Watch a movie at home or in a theater and let all those emotions rush through you. Get angry at the villain, cry with the damsel in distress, laugh at that comedian, and let that axe murderer scare the shit out of you.
Movies stimulate you visually and creatively, and it may just be what you need to move on with your writing.
4. Read the epic work of others.
Look for inspiration from other writers. Read your favorite author’s work, visit your favorite blog, or grab a copy of magazines or books you love.
These do not have to related to the topic you’re writing on. The point is to read something to feed your mind and inspire you to write.
5. Stay in the news loop.
Taking in the news is a great way to find ideas and jumpstart your writing. Fresh news stories both online and off can lead to you to real-life stories that inspire and that you can relate to the topic you’re writing about.
Even if what you read on a news site or on newspapers or what you watched on TV have nothing to do in any way with writing your current piece, take down notes on potential blog post topics for future reference.
6. Work somewhere else.
Working day in and day out in the same place can be numbing to your creative senses. So go out and try to find another place where you can write. Try your kitchen table, the living room, the balcony, the local library or even the park.
A change of scenery can do your senses good, not to mention the healthy benefits of fresh air if you decide to really go out of the house.
Remember to bring your essentials when you go out though: your charger, your cell phone, bottle water, lots of papers and pens. It pays to be prepared.
7. Listen to your favorite singer or band.
Music has that wonderful ability to soothe and relax. Take some time off and listen to calming music (or metallic rock if that’s your thing). Some writers even prefer to have music play in the background while they write.
8. Exercise or work out.
Exercise improves blood flow to your brain, the source of your creative ideas. It also increases self-confidence and concentration, so start walking, running, or jumping. Not only will you get in shape, you’ll also feel re-energized to write.
9. Spend time with nature.
This is a bit different from working somewhere else. Spending time with mother nature means not taking your work with you and just go out for a short hike or maybe even take a swim and relax.
Let the fresh air and the green scenery take you back in the right track. And don’t forget to shower after!
10. Get cleaned up.
Yup, take a bath or a shower. Not just after your exercise session or short nature trip. Some of us probably just roll out of our beds and start writing. Take the time to take care of yourself and enjoy it.
This simple act guarantees feeling refreshed and ready to tackle writing projects that seemed so daunting pre-bath.
11. Take a power nap.
Writing requires vigor so let some shut-eye help you. Sometimes, you have to take a power nap when you encounter writer’s block because it may mean that you tired out your brain and it needs rest.
You can also sleep on non-urgent projects overnight if the nap doesn’t work. Tackle it the next day and see yourself write better.
12. Mind map your ideas.
Sometimes, you may only think you have writer’s block because you have thousands of different ideas in your head but have no idea how to organize it. Use a mind mapping software to see how your ideas connect. Doing this will give a clearer picture on how you want to present your blog post or article.
13. Set your own strict deadline.
Most writers encounter writer’s block because they set aside a long time for themselves to write an a blog or article. Instead of giving yourself a day to write, give yourself an hour one or two instead. You’ll be amazed at how many ideas you can come up when you’re writing under pressure.
Be generous with your editing time though so you can maintain the quality of your work.
14. List your questions.
Listing the questions you want answered through your writing project will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want your readers to learn. Type them down as you ask the questions out loud and start writing from there.
15. Talk to imaginary people.
The trick is to have a pretend audience and explain to them the important points of a potential blog post or article. Be a storyteller and emphasize what you want your audience to learn. You’ll find yourself writing at a more natural flow and new ideas will emerge.
Just let yourself write freely and devote time for editing later. However, it may be a good idea to do this only when you’re alone. You wouldn't want anyone thinking you went crazy (or do you?).
There you have it. Fifteen insanely effective, practical, and even healthy ways to beat writer’s block. I’ve personally used most of these tips myself and they work like magic.
Try them out when that block monster haunts you. 🙂
Do you have any more practical tips to beat writer’s block? Or maybe you tried some of the tips I’ve mentioned. Share them in the comments!