Blogging isn’t just for bloggers, and writing isn’t just for writers. If you’ve been steadily growing your viewership (and sales!) through blogging for some time now and you feel like you’re running out of ideas to blog about, you’re experiencing writer’s block.
Don’t worry; this is completely normal!
It can be frustrating when you have so many ideas that you’d like to share with your readers only to stare in space as soon as you’re ready to write. The experience is similar to wanting to say something, but you can’t get it out for the life of you — like it’s at the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t spit it out!
Some of the most common reasons for experiencing writer’s block are:
The thing with writer’s block is that it happens in the most inopportune time, and there’s no saying when it will last. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome writer’s block, here are effective ways how:
You want to be in the right headspace to blog, and one way to do that is to take a break. Relax, watch TV, listen to music, make music, read books, get a massage, find ways to shut your mind off for a second. This sounds counter-productive, but taking a break helps clear the mind and find inspiring ideas that’ll get those creative juices flowing.
Don’t push yourself too hard if you can’t get a word out. One thing about writer’s block is that it does not last forever. By resting, you’re preparing yourself to achieve the proper headspace so that words could flow freely from those fingertips as soon as you’re mentally ready to write.
Perhaps your writer’s block is caused by rehashing the same ideas over and over again. To keep yourself motivated to write, seek new inspirations. There are so many places to look for inspiration. You can go online and browse through boards on Pinterest, for starters. You can watch video tutorials, listen to podcasts, look for online photos or listen to calming music to find new ideas.
If you’d like to seek inspiration outside your home, take a 20-minute walk or go hiking. Enjoy a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, and people watch for a bit, or leaf through magazines. These activities are not only soothing the soul, but they’ll also unlock your creativeness.
If you can’t express your thoughts in writing, just write. Write poorly, write with disregard to typos, sentence construction, subject-verb agreement, just write what’s on your mind.
What’s upsetting you? What’s that funny thing that happened in the office the other day? Write about what made you smile today, what made you laugh, what made you worry, what made you lose your motivation to write — just write.
For most people, writing is very relaxing, akin to writing in a journal or talking to a friend. You don’t have to write perfectly all the time to express yourself. Don’t pressure yourself to write the best articles when you’re not 100% confident because we all have good days and bad days. Some days, you just want to vent, and that’s okay!
Jotting down your feelings helps hash out whatever issues you have that are inadvertently causing you to lose your train of thought. Eventually, you’ll discover the root cause of your writer’s block and, hopefully, overcome it.
Do you experience writer’s block frequently? With these tips, you’ll find the motivation to start writing again!