Do you get writer’s block? For bloggers that phrase has been renamed Blogger’s Block. It sounds like a real thing, doesn’t it? You may have experienced it yourself. It might have kept you from publishing posts and creating content, even though you were on a strict deadline. If that is the case, you may be interested to know that a lot of authors don’t believe that writers block really exists.
“All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expect sympathy for it?” – Philip Pullman
Respected authors Terry Pratchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Dylan Thomas, Stephen King and Ernest Hemingway agree. They have all stated at one time or another that writer’s block really doesn’t exist, and can be overcome. Use the following tips that have been proven to jump-start a befuddled mind the next time you can’t put words on paper.
- Review old blog posts for ideas.
- Visit other blogs in your niche, read the posts you find, and comment on them.
- Type “your niche tips” into the YouTube search engine. Replace the words “your niche” with the name of the market you are in. Watch videos for inspiration.
- Turn any videos you have created into posts.
- Check out the nearest magazine rack for inspiration, browsing magazines in your niche.
- Just start writing. Take your pen in hand, or start clacking the keys. Don’t worry about what you are writing. Just write anything and everything that comes to mind. Do this for at least 30 minutes.
- Visit your favorite websites, those that inspire you.
- Hit the library, or your personal bookshelf. Physical books are sometimes overlooked as sources of writing inspiration.
- Make a Top 10 post revealing resources, books, tips or strategies relevant to your industry.
- Keep a notepad with you at all times. You never know when inspiration will strike. Using this strategy, you can always whip out your handy notepad when the ideas just won’t come.
- Browse through your readers’ comments.
- Send an email to your list. Ask them exactly what they want you to write about.
- Read today’s headlines at News.Google.com. Hijack a current news story that you can link to your products, services or niche.
- Cheat. See what others are writing about in your market. Use their content for ideas and create your own.