5 Tools to Help With Writer’s Block
Writer’s block hits us all in one way or another. And very few of us know how to deal with it. Here are my 5 favorite ways to deal with writer’s block:
One of the best ways to start writing is to constrict your options on how to start. Maybe you have 7 different ideas on how to start, 4 different hooks you could use, and 3 different quotes. CONSTRICT THE CHOICES. Narrow them down to just two or three and then pick from there. Choice is a paradox. The more choices you have, the harder it generally is to make a choice at all. So if you have too many options on how to begin a piece, narrow your choices and pick from there.
Sometimes, if you don’t know how to start a piece, just start it with a quote. It could a personal favorite, one you think would benefit your audience, or one you think needs to be heard more often. People LOVE quotes. Why? Who knows? It doesn’t matter. It just matters that you use it to your advantage. A quote is a GREAT hook, and once you have a quote written down, you can just begin to write from the quote (i.e. what it means, why it’s important, etc). Just put the quote down and go from there. See where it takes you
3. TRENDING NEWS
Another great way to start writing a piece is to start it off with some piece of trending news. We pay MUCH more attention to that which is currently trending, and a headline involving Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, global warming, or anything that’s prevalent at the time is sure to get attention. You don’t actually have to write about these things. Just tie it to the value that you want to provide. For example, if you teach marketing, it wouldn’t be too hard to turn a Kim Kardashian or a Donald Trump news story into a marketing lesson. Get creative with it.
4. CHANGE YOUR STATE
Sometimes when you’re struggling to start writing, it’s not that you don’t have good content in your head, but rather than you’re not ACCESSING it. This is usually because you’re not in a good state. When we’re in a good state, the words, ideas, and metaphors seem to just flow from us. When we’re in a bad state… not as much. So if you’re having trouble writing, do something to put yourself in a heightened state. Jump. Clap. Bark. Go for a run. Do whatever works to put yourself in a better, heightened state and what the content “come out of nowhere.”
5. DON’T START :-)
Sometimes, the best thing to do is to simply NOT start. Go and do something else. Sometimes the words and the ideas aren’t coming to you. Sometimes it’s because you’re in a poor state. But sometimes you can’t figure out the reason. If that’s the case, and nothing else is working, just don’t start. Don’t feel guilty about it. Just go do something else. And by the time you come back to it you’re likely to have much more ease writing. The ideas will come much more naturally to you simply because you didn’t force it.