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Overcome Writer's Block: Tips And Tricks
We all know that content is king and to be a successful blogger you need to write regularly, but there will probably be times when words fail you (we've all been there!). Writer's block can be not only frustrating but when your job is writing can affect your income too.
So, try these simple techniques to get your writing groove back! These techniques are also useful if you are any other type of content creator including video and graphics.
Stop staring at the blank screen and have a nosey at what others are up to. There are many ways to get inspired if you look around~
- See what people are talking about and sharing on social networks. I find Pinterest particularly inspiring. If you have to write about a particular topic, search for some keywords and see what comes up, you might be surprised. I know online can be distracting, but give yourself an hour to play~ think of it as research!
- Respond to your previous work. Take notice of comments on previous posts and use their response as inspiration. Answer their questions and notice what they want to know more about.
- Relax. Trying too hard can make the situation worse. Put some feel good music on and take time to remember why you became a writer in the first place. Write something as silly as possible and just play with your topic for a while~ you'll be surprised at what ideas might turn up.
Most of us have more ideas floating about in our head than we realise! Brainstorming is a fantastic way to tap into your own potential and the best thing is, it's all about quantity not quality.
- Take a sheet of paper and write your topic in the centre of it, then draw several lines coming out from it. Add anything related to your topic on each 'leg' of the spider-diagram and just keep going.
- However remotely related, add it~ don't worry about how appropriate it is, that's for the next step.
- Carry on for at least ten minutes and get others to help if you struggle to get started.
- Next whittle your ideas down and write the ones with the most potential on another sheet. Don't worry your other ideas aren't wasted, they could come in useful for future projects so keep them safe!
If you're really stuck and don't even have a topic in mind, use the same brainstorming process noting all of the subjects you have knowledge on, enjoy and even previous topics as you could write something that compliments them.
Try Something New
Getting stuck in the same routine can stunt the ideas process and make your brain sluggish.
Try going, doing, or writing something completely different to what you're used to. This will help you get a fresh perspective on your topic and often inspire ideas you hadn't considered before.
Stretch your comfort zone gradually and make trying new things a regular part of your life. Set aside a set amount of time each week to explore~ this is not wasted time as it will give you more experiences and knowledge to draw on in your writing.
Go With The Flow
The exercise where you just write and see what comes out is not popular for no reason. A similar exercise is also used by artists and can take a little patience.
Just write what pops into your head, no matter how random, bizarre or even inappropriate it might be.
It could take around 10 minutes to really get into it and if you're anything like me it will be difficult at the beginning. But as with brainstorming this is a fantastic way to 'loosen up' your mind and unleash your stored potential.
Give yourself at least 30-60 minutes. Again, this is not about quality. Allow yourself to go with the flow and get to a point where you're not even thinking about it, it's just happening. Some consider this an active form of meditation and your writing will not only benefit~ your stress levels and overall health will thank you too!
Look After Yourself
For your body and mind to work at their best, you have to look after them and feed them proper nutrients.
Keeping hydrated, eating healthy and exercise will increase energy, oxygen and brain function. This of course makes it easier to think and create.
Cognitive function significantly decreases when you are overtired and even poor posture can effect your mood and energy levels. So take time to look after yourself. If you're not feeling well, concentration is near impossible. Take naps and go for a walk to clear your head and make room for new ideas.
It's not just physically you have to look after yourself either. Make time to exercise your brain with puzzles and reading. This will improve your memory, vocabulary and can even help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's.