It happens like this: you sit down in front of your laptop, ready to write your next blog post and… nothing happens. You try a few headlines and you delete them. Your ideas are all jumbled up in your head and your words simply fail you.
Do not panic – it is not something rare, happening just to you. It is called the writer’s block and it has happened even to famous writers whose works are now part of the world heritage. Writer’s block happens when you have reached a critical burnout point: you have written too much, on a too tight and busy schedule. Or you have focused too much on a single topic and you have simply run out of ideas.
However, there are ways to get out of your writer’s block and ready to start creating more useful, interesting and entertaining articles for your readers. Various bloggers and professional copywriters have shared their own top tips for making a new head start after a moment of writer’s block. We have picked the most effective tips and we will share them with you now:
- Get Out of the House
Nature is an endless source of inspiration for writers, even when your niche has nothing to do with nature itself. First of all, you take a break from your usual environment and your mind is freed from your daily routine. Routine is one of the biggest enemies of creativity.
Just taking a walk, looking at children playing, birds chirping in the trees and dogs walking briskly by their owner’s side can practically reset your mind and help your ideas surface.
- Read Books and Magazines
When asked where they turn to for inspiration, most writers say that reading other authors’ work or specialised magazines is extremely helpful. Sometimes you get lost into your own writing voice and style or in your frequently used phrases and they stop being meaningful. At this point, reading a book, even if it is unrelated to your niche, is the best thing you can do. A new style, a fresh meaning given to words and new imaginary worlds unfolding before your eyes will expand your horizons and help you delve deeper into your own creativity.
- Go Traditional
Put away that laptop, get a notebook and a pencil instead and start writing the old-fashioned way. This is what many content writers do, using the laptop only for editing and proofreading their articles. With a pen and a sheet of paper in front of you, you can go anywhere, from your favourite park to a quiet corner in your house, and write your articles undisturbed.
- Always Jot Down Ideas
As we said before, the writer’s block is often caused by the fact that you have covered a topic extensively and have run out of ideas. But do you remember how many times you let a great article idea pass because it did not fit your topic for that day? You wish you had written it down, in your laptop or a notebook, to have it now and get over your writer’s block.
This is why you should always write down your ideas, whenever you have them. You may not need them for weeks or months on end. But when you are suddenly out of ideas, you will feel grateful for them.
- Reread Your Best Articles
Sometimes inspiration comes from your own work. Sit back, relax and enjoy your top five articles as your readers enjoy them. You may discover a way to update them or spin-off a new story starting from an older topic. Or simply you may rediscover the joy of writing, causing you to rekindle the fire of your inspiration and get motivated to create something even better than you have before.
We hope that you find these tips helpful. But first and foremost remember that writer’s block is not something insurmountable – so do not let it bear down on you for too long.