Writer’s block – the arch nemesis of many bloggers and writers alike is a foe that seems impossible to vanquish at times. If you have been blogging for long you’ve likely dealt with writer’s block on one level or another. I thought it would be helpful to share some of my tips at how I overcome writer’s block when it assaults me.
Get Over Writer’s Block By Taking a Break
This is probably my favorite and most used way of getting over writer’s block. When you’re sitting there staring at a blank screen one of the best things to do is remove yourself from the situation and take a break. You can do things like:
- Listen to music
- Go for a walk
- Clean the house
Really, the list can be endless, but the key is to separate yourself from that computer and change your scenery. When you’re managing a blog and balancing the time commitments that come with it, it can be easy to run into writer’s block and we don’t allow ourselves time to decompress. This is what changing your scenery is meant to allow you to do.
Read Something Different
For many bloggers we’re reading dozens, if not more blogs each day. That can present a problem in that you’re not exposing yourself to other writing or even reading beyond what can be found online. If you’re running into writer’s block, why not change up what you’re reading?
I’ve found that one of the best ways to overcome writer’s block personally is to read something more creative. Not that blog posts aren’t creative, but they may not always get your creative juices flowing. So, if you’re running into writer’s block then why not try stepping away from the blogosphere for an hour or two and read something creative. Pick up a creative novel or something else you truly enjoy reading and take a dive into it. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it can help get the juices flowing and help you slay the beast of writer’s block.
Lean on Your Editorial Calendar
You didn’t expect this one, did you? 😉 I am a firm believer that an editorial calendar can be a bloggers best friend and one of those reasons is to help overcome writer’s block. This can be on a variety of levels. Are you struggling with coming up with a blog post to write? Take a look at your editorial calendar and you instantly have a title to work with.
What do you do if that title does not excite you though? That has a very simple solution. The beauty of the editorial calendar is that you can swap around blog posts if one excites you more than another. I’ve found that this can be a great way to overcome writer’s block as it can give you a deep well of blog post ideas to return to when you’re struggling to find inspiration.