Moving along in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, for today’s post, we have reached the letter ‘W,’ and for this letter, I have chosen to write about something that plagues all of us from time to time; writer’s block.
In an industry where content is king and you are constantly producing blog posts, articles, forum posts, eBooks and so forth, writer’s block is an inevitability. Let’s face it; there is only so much that your brain can think of in a limited amount of time – writer’s block is par for the course in the Internet marketing industry. And it seems that when writer’s block sets in, it sets in hard. I know that I suffer from it from time to time, and if you have been around for a while, I am sure that you have, too. If you are brand new to this industry, be prepared; because you, too will experience writer’s block at some point or another. Fortunately, however, there are some ways that you can cope with writer’s block and get the ideas flowing again. Here is a look at some tips that I use in order to keep my ideas coming when I have writer’s block.
1. Take a break. The very first thing that I do when I feel that writer’s block has set in is move away from the computer. There is nothing worse than staring at a screen, hoping that an idea will come to your head, only to find that nothing comes. It is frustrating and can actually worsen the problem. So, just walk away. Grab a cup of coffee or a cup of tea, go for a walk, call a friend, watch the television for a bit, or even take a short nap. Do whatever helps you take your mind off of your writing for a bit. Sometimes, all you need to do is take a short break.
2. Look for inspiration. Sometimes you need to be inspired to write informative, eye catching, engaging, high quality and unique content. When I have writer’s block, I look for inspiration. I page through an art book, look through magazines, read a book, read other blogs, read the newspaper – I go wherever or look at whatever will help to inspire my writing.
3. Devote time. Sometimes, in order to avoid writer’s block, you have to defeat it before it sets in. For me, this means writing during specific times. I allot myself an hour or two to writing each day. If I am still feeling inspired, I may continue writing, or I may finish after that allotted time period. I find that this helps me avoid getting stuck in the trap of writer’s block.