At some point every blogger runs into a situation where they need to get some work done but are unable to come up with any type of content to write. Well, over the years there have been plenty of solutions to this problem, so let’s review 8 different ways we can all use to ensure the success of our blogs.
An important part of writing on a daily basis is to do it at the same time every day. Our brains are extremely complex and when your body and brain are used to doing a particular activity everyday at the same time, you will start to excel at that activity at that time of day. Creating a routine also helps us to maintain a balanced lifestyle, which could also be another reason the writer’s block won’t go away. An unbalance lifestyle will lead to uncompleted or bad content.
Review Similar Blogs
No idea what to write about? Check out other blogs that are in your niche. You will get all types of ideas from what other people are posting about. You need to make sure not to copy anyone because that will lower the credibility of your blog and you could also get in trouble with Google. Just use the blogs for some easy examples of some successful content. Continue reading until a light flashes in your head and you are ready to write your own piece.
We all have our ways to get inspired enough to do things. Role models, books, significant other, money, and anything else you might use can help break your writer’s block. it is important that we all find something to help us achieve our goals and make us want to do better. So if you are unable to write, take a short break and look at some of your favorite inspirational stuff to remind you why you love writing.
These are incredibly useful when you have no idea what you can write about and you feel like your brain is completely fried. Mind maps are simple little diagrams that allow you to focus on small parts of any project. There are free tools you can get off the internet and you could start your own mind map within minutes. Start the map with a general sense of what your content is going to be, then work your way through the details. Before you know it, you will have your whole article mapped out.
Solve Your Emotional State
Unable to write because you’re angry or sad? Well, fix the problem! I know that some situations are harder to fix than others, but do everything in your power to get yourself in a better emotional state. Great writing can be triggered by a certain emotion, but it can also be turned off with the wrong emotion, so make sure you don’t try and write at a bad time.
Jump to the Middle
Maybe you are just stuck at the beginning of the content. A good way to easily solve the problem is to just jump ahead and start in the middle of the content. By the time you finish the middle and end, you will know exactly how to do the beginning.
While not everyone indulges in coffee or energy drinks, caffeine can become a writer’s best friend. Caffeine has been proven to help with focus and short term memory, so use it to your advantage to get your work done! If you have any health issues that might not allow you to drink caffeine, there are plenty of all natural stimulants that might help you get back to writing. Just keep in touch with your doctor to ensure that you are ok.
One of the best cures. Exercising helps help the blood flowing to your brain and your brain will be working much harder. You can do all types of exercise to help your writing. Some good practices are using a bike machine and placing a laptop directly on the screen so you can write while using the machine. You may want to just run for 30 minutes and then come back to finish your work. It doesn’t really matter which method you use, exercising can be a life saver for writers.
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Donna is a Content Creator, Marketer, Brand Ambassador, Social Media Consultant, former teacher, wife, and proud mom. Blog by Donna encompasses all that… she writes about family life and being a woman while weaving in articles about the brands and products she and her family love.
I am all about the caffeine! LOL! I don’t know how I would through some days without it.
Those are good tips, especially CAFFEINE! Gotta have it.
I LIVE for my caffeine, it really does help to get me started in the morning especially on Mondays! I stick to a schedule and it seems to work for sure!! Great tips here!
Hmm, exercise would be like a double bonus.
I am going to try using a mindmap and see how that works for me. Thanks for the idea!
The mind maps thing looks intriguing.
I never seem to have writers block, but finding the time to feature everything I want to share is a huge problem for me!
I wish I could write at the same time each day but my schedule doesn’t allow it, I love your tips!
These are great tips. I try to keep a backup list of ideas for a rough day.
So many times I will get up and walk around the block. Helps a lot.
Great advice! Routine is key and knowing what will inspire you and get those wheels spinning. I feel like I always somehow push through my writers block when a deadline is implemented as well.
Great tips! I could definitely use more exercise either way.
These are great tips, and I think I’ve tried all of them apart from caffeine, because I don’t like coffee much and drink very weak tea!
Exercise and just getting away from the computer can be very beneficial, I find. I also think it’s helpful NOT to think in terms of having “writer’s block”, as if it’s some kind of disease – worrying about it will just make it worse.
Love the tips! I often have writer’s block, and have used several of these techniques. Probably my most often used one is the “Start in the middle.” I actually write most blogs this way. I leave title, opening and closing statements until after I’ve completed the main body of the blog. I find that sometimes I actually change my initial plans for these sections after I’ve worked out the details of the post.
I also begin writing most new posts early in the mornings, before I’ve showered. Then when my brain is going into “dive mode” I jump in the shower, and recharge. Works most times! I often will even work out a tough segment while in the shower. Something about that hot water beating down on my brain that gets it going again.
Good tips! For some reason just moving to a different room in our house inspires me. As well I noticed that it is easier for me to write between 2 and 4 pm then any other time of the day.
Great tips, Donna! Most of my ideas come during my morning workout, technically I solve all the world’s problems during that time! 🙂 Otherwise, I do read other blogs or look at comments left in previous posts for inspiration too. When I see a common thread in the comments section, I know there is a post that needs to be done. Those times when I am greatly inspired and full of ideas (doesn’t happen as often as I’d like), I try to keeps notes for those days when I have writers block.
The dreaded writer’s block – ugh! Normally it’s not a huge issue, but when it does occur, it drives me nuts! My first response is to simply walk away and do something else. Even better if I can walk away for 24 hours, which isn’t always possible! The next best thing for me is aimlessly drive around (sorry environment but it gives me such good ideas!) or take a shower. I always thought the shower was a little a strange until I attended a writing class. The majority of my classmates felt the same way. 🙂 Great tips!
I have the Caffeine tip covered…now to work on the other 7 😉
These are great tips, Donna! I’d add, read something that represents the total opposite of what you write about. For most of us bloggers who write about real life, that would mean to read fiction. Not only does it offer up an entertaining break from reality, it can also offer up inspiration.
Great advice! I also love to use magazines when my brain gets stuck in cloud mode. Sometimes, I also find taking that caffeine like you shared and then going outside to enjoy the nature and sounds opens my clouded mind more.
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I love a coke in the morning! I know I shouldn’t have them but I can’t help it…I’m hooked, although lately I have been drinking a very chilled Dr. Pepper and OMG! 🙂
I live by a routine because if I don’t I’ll forget to pick up a kid or something won’t get done ;)…I tried “winging” it once and I was all over the place.
I never heard of mind maps, I’ll be looking into that.
At the end of the day I get on the treadmill for 45 minutes to get rid of all the guck of the day. I hate getting started but I love how I feel afterward.
Thanks for the great tips and for sharing it with us!
You are absolutely right about getting ideas while reading other blogs! Often when I’m writing a comment, I realize that I’d like to write more about that!
You know I think there is something to the routine thing. Everytime I go on vacation and come back I can seem to get in the writing swing of things and it takes me about two weeks to get back writing like I do in between trips LOL
I get writer’s block quite often. Thanks for the tips!
Is it weird that I sometimes use magazines for inspiration?!?
Not at all. I’ve actually done that before, too. 🙂
I keep hearing about using mindmapping to write but I still have it on my list of things to try to write more. I also need to get started on a daily routine, even if its just writing in my diary.
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