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Writing online - writers block - stuck with what to write about

Updated on October 20, 2011

Writing online are you stuck with the writers block

What to write about is the question that is frequently asked by those who write online . This may also be true of those who are new to it or those who have taken a long break from it. Oh forget it, the truth is there is a point when every writer is faced with this question from time to time. Well, what should one write about, the keywords research and the SEO work that is involved in online writing somehow saps my energy. It becomes an impediment to my flow of thought and to the message or information that I want to deliver. I am sure, even when this isn’t the problem there are certain instances when your creative juices are not flowing as they wont to.

Writing online - Be inspired

Creative skills are something that cannot be forced, they just flow in the spur of the moment. But waiting for things to happen and inspiration to come your way, may not work for those who depend on their writing for a living. Dan Poynter says "If you wait for inspiration to write; you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” Here is a quote that I would like to remember everday “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 am every morning.” – Peter DeVries. That is how anyone who writes for a living or may be even writes as a hobby, needs to think. I have been writing on so many topics but, I am at the moment not inspired to publish them, but that is okay, as long as I am writing, I am inspired, the chiseling and polishing can happen later. I am willing to wait, because I know that when I go back to look at a piece that I have written, I end up with an improved and better piece at hand.

What to write about - Online writing dilemma

Creativity slows down when we have too much on our mind, preoccupation, tension and worries are the enemies of an inspired writer. Use this time of less creativity to think up a list of topics to write on and work at what needs to be edited and polished and things that may not take up too much energy. We could also use this time to read. Reading up material could always spark off inspiration. Just a word or a thought is enough. Trying to rush and push through your writing may not be the best thing to do, unless you are willing to go back and rework the whole article, if need be.

How to over come the writer block when you write online

Try to relax and keep your mind open to fresh ideas that flow all the tim,e from newspapers, television, things around you, nature, people the conversations that happen all around you. All these have the seeds of creativity in them. It is left to an individual to pick them up and develop them further as they write. It is when your mind is at ease or when you are doing things that are so far from the actual job of writing, that inspiration flows. Some find that they need to jump out of bed to start writing when the flow is strong.

Having a recorder, a note book or even a cellphone could be the answer to the problems of - what do I write about? The many things that you see, hear enjoy and absorb, are inspiration in themselves. As for me, my passion to reach out to people in trouble causes me to write. Whenever I have a question in my inbox, my creativity flows. When friends asks questions and look up to me for answers, then I have something to write about. People’s problems are my source of inspiration (you know what I mean here, don’t you?) as I write on topics such as self-help and self-improvement. I want to reach out, that is my passion.

Some tips for writing online - overcoming the writers block

Here are some facts to keep in mind while writing online. From my experience and a few others who have shared their experiences with me I do understand that the best way to get through a drought of ideas is to yes, relax, go out for a walk , but more importantly, write, write anything without forcing yourself. If you cannot complete it leave it. Such half written ideas can be picked up and rewritten to at a later date. Some of my best articles have been those that I have gone back to and worked on.

Frequent breaks from writing could spoil the flow. I have faced this problem personally and found that, the work habit that I had formed has now been broken. What do I do now ? I may not have a productive time of writing online but I still work on my skills in different ways. Sometimes I try to write in a style that is different from my normal style and that can become my inspiration. You need to find your inspiration. Find a break-through and you can tell others what to write about.

Try another technique to break through your thought blocks or writer’s block, write some limericks or some absolutely funny, nonsensical poem/ article that break the monotony. Of course I do not publish them, but then they help me get over this writer's block. I share it with my friends or with my kids and have a good laugh, may be all that is all I need to start writing allover again. I suddenly know what to write about.

Freelance online writing is fun - make the best of it

Maybe you are blessed with a constant flow of ideas and you do not have to struggle as much as we do, yet, you may find that the very thing that you have been conversant with, may sometimes be the thing that you can’t seem to write about. There seem to be all kind of blocks, but it is within your power to break through the writer s block and prove to yourself that, you can and will always be the winner. Writing for me is fun, but there are times when even this becomes tedious. That is when I really need to take a break and relax before I work again. So today find the solution to your problem, it is within you and you can do it. Go on write online and make a splash!!

Hearing from you keeps me inspired and writing online ...

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    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Daybreak, there is nothing like getting out of the house for your inspiration.. I am always inspired by nature.. Writer's block has to give way to the power of nature and the inspiration and creativity she offers. thank you for the read and the comment :) God Bless!!

    • daybreak profile image


      7 years ago from Atlantic Coast of North America

      I struggle with this too. I specialize in outdoor content, so my best solution is usually just to go exploring.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      TheOnelineBloger, I appreciate the read and the comment, I am truly glad that you found it useful. Thank you and God Bless!

    • TheOnlineBlogger profile image


      8 years ago from Cairo, Egypt

      Creativity slows down when we have too much on our mind. That's true and I feel it now. Useful tips sofs, thanks

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Allexia26, that is okay, no need to apologize. I understand that..these things do happen. Take care and God Bless!!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Ruby, it is always good to see you. Cleaning house..mmm no not my way of relaxing.. but yes, it is when your mind is not on writing that you get those ideas on what to write about. Hey, I guess you have a point there, you could come up with great product hubs cleaning house :) Cheers Ruby, I always see you writing about anything and everything, so you must be having a super clean house :):) LOL

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Movie Master, well you are blessed in that you don't draw a blank. Sorting out and getting organized might also have its own difficulties I guess. Happy writing :)

    • allexia26 profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm so sorry sofs, I had just read one of her hubs, before I read this one, and I guess she was still on my mind, lol

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      sofs, you have listed some really good ideas. If i don't write an idea down, i soon forget it. Some days i can't think of anything to write about, so i clean house instead LOL Thank you for a most enjoyable hub.


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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi sofs, I find I have too much stuff going round my head all the time, it's sifting through it and trying to make sense of it all that's my problem! thanks sofs for some great advice and voted up.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      WillStarr, I always use the Cell phone to record my ideas especially when writing them down seems difficult. Yes, you are so right about forgetting the ideas even though at that time it looks like the most unforgettable thing on earth.

      I like this point, ask a friend to give you a sentence.. has worked for me always.. something that a friends has said has been converted so many times into articles here and elsewhere.

      Thank you for the value addition to this hub. This discussion may be of value to those looking for ways to get out of the writer's block.

      Thank you for the comment and it is much appreciated :)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      J S Matthew, you are right about that, the writer's block affects everyone. I am glad that I have found to get unstuck. Thank you for the read and the comment I appreciate that greatly. Glad to have met you here. :)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Allexia26, I guess you have got the hub author sweat :) I hope this hubs helps you in some way and you will soon get out of this. Best wishes to you and welcome to my space :)

    • WillStarr profile image


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      When an idea pops up, always write it down, with a few notes on how you intended to approach it. Your creative moments outnumber your dull days, so save these notes for those 'writer's block' days.

      I've lost count of great ideas I intended to remember, but, of course, forgot. Write it down!

      BTW, if you're really stuck, ask a friend to give you a first sentence, and use that for a springboard.

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Writer's Block usually effects most authors throughout their career. This is a great article on how to get back into the flow when you are stuck and how to focus. Great Hub!


    • allexia26 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for this Mrs. Hattie Mae, I have writers block right about now, I think I have been this way for two weeks, but I'm looking for some inspiration, thanks for sharing

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you Barbergirl, I am glad you found the hub useful. Yes, you can easily get back into the habit of writing, as I have :) cheers and keep writing :) Hope to read your work soon. Happy to have met you :)

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      Stacy Harris 

      8 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This is great. Since I have been writing online I find sometimes I have too many ideas flowing through my head and have a hard time focusing. I just recently took a break and I broke the habit of writing all the time... now I am finding a hard time getting back into the groove! However, I know I can get back into it and concentrate... luckily I am not dependent on the pennies coming in from my writing so it is just personal for me.

      Good job!


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