It’s happened to most of us at one time or another – writer’s block. When you’re under a tight deadline to get something written, it can happen more often than not.
I normally work well under pressure, but a couple of weeks ago I had a terrible case of writer’s block. I knew the topic I was going to write about, but nothing would come to me. I probably wasted two hours trying to figure out what to write.
Let’s face it… writer’s block sucks – both in energy and time!
Today I’m going to share with you 5 ways you can unblock that writer’s block.
But first, I’ll give you a couple of ideas for handling coming up with topics to write about:
- Keep a swipe file. I’m on a few – okay, a lot – of email lists. When an email comes in that’s an interesting topic that I think my list might enjoy, I file it away in my “..Swipe” folder for later inspiration. Note: I don’t copy the emails…I’m just keeping them for topic ideas.
- Keep a notebook handy so when ideas come to you, you can write them down. It happens… an idea might pop into my brain at any time on a topic, and I promptly write it down in my Planner Pad under blog ideas. These ideas are things that just come out of nowhere and topics I see on Facebook or other social media channels.
By using either one of these options, I’m never lacking for ideas!
However, I sometimes do get stumped on what to actually write. That blank screen just taunts me, daring me to write!
Here are 5 ways you can unblock that writer’s block, instead of getting more and more frustrated:
- Use a lifeline and call a friend. That’s what I did a few weeks ago. I just could not come up with anymore tips, so I called a friend and colleague and after 5 minutes of conversation, I had the ideas for the rest of my blog post and within 30 minutes (after struggling for 2 hours), my blog was finished.
- Step away. No matter how hard you try to force the content to flow, it just doesn’t happen. So rather than sit and sit staring at the blank screen or sheet of paper – stumped – get up and move around. Let your brain relax and get some exercise in the process! Go for a walk – or a run!
- Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to write because sometimes it’s just not the right time to write. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time rather than working hard against a deadline.
- Schedule it. Set time aside every day to write. When are you at your best? Is it in the mornings before you’ve started your day? Is it after lunch? Pick the time that works best for you and do it! This is especially important if you’re writing a book or a series of promotional copy (landing pages, emails, social media posts, etc.) where there is a lot of writing involved.
- Write. Yes, I know we’re talking about writer’s block and I’m telling you to write! I don’t mean write about what you’re blocked on… I mean, just write – journal, if you will. Just start writing whatever is coming to your mind and let it flow. Don’t overthink it!
I hope these five tips help you unblock writer’s block! Share with me below what things you do when you’re stumped!