Let me guess.
Are you sitting at the computer, and you are looking at a completely white, untouched "Word" sheet? Your brain is tired and asks you to have pity on him, but do you continue your torture? You are calling Muza at the top of your voice, but is she either deaf or intentionally ignoring you?
All clear. You have a writing block ...
And it will not help. As well as sleep, frequent rest breaks and walks in the fresh air. All these methods are suitable only to dispel boredom. Lack of inspiration must be fought completely differently.
After all, what is essentially a writer's block? This is a closed state. And in order to get out of it, you need to liberate yourself, to feel free, to go a little bit crazy.
This is what we will do today.
- 2. Swear like a shoemaker
- 3. Change the text editor.
- 4. Take a short trip
- 5. Stop writing for your readers.
- 6. Stop following the plan.
- 7. Try writing at another time.
- 8. Wash the dishes
- 9. Walk around the room
- 10. Review your photos
- 11. Stop thinking about mistakes.
- 12. Start from the middle
- 13. Reread your most outstanding posts.
- 14. Listen to the sound of the surf
- 15. Learn to borrow other people's ideas and make your own
- 16. Set yourself challenging goals.
- The whole truth about the writing block
1. Talk to an imaginary friend.
Imagine that you have a friend, and he is a real fan of your blog. He loves all your articles and supports you in all your endeavors. Think up his name (mine, for example, his name is Arnold), find his picture and attach it to the wall in front of your desk.
And now, as soon as you have done this, start talking to him. Tell him about what you care about, what you dream about and what you want to achieve at work. After that, discuss your article with him. What is she talking about? What will she teach your readers? And what do you think about this? After voicing your thoughts out loud, and your friend will be grateful to them, try to transfer what was said on paper.
2. Swear like a shoemaker
Does something bother you? Release this feeling. Swear well. Get mad. Spill out the emotions. Write about your concerns and feel free to use strong expressions. After all, the meaning of blogging is not to choose the right words, but to evoke emotions in the audience. Inspire her. Of course, you will have to greatly edit your first draft, and, perhaps, completely redo it altogether, but this is not the point. You can easily remove mistakes from an emotionally strong text, but it’s unlikely to add emotions to a “flat” text.
3. Change the text editor.
Look at the screen and can not squeeze out anything worthwhile? Try changing your text editor. Instead of the usual Microsoft Word, start using Evernote. Or immediately create a new post in your CSS and write right there. Try changing the font (for example, instead of Callibri - Times New Roman), the font color (black to blue) or its size (11 by 14). This advice may seem silly at first sight, but I highly recommend you to try it. You will be surprised how quickly these small changes will cause you a new wave of interest in the creative process.
4. Take a short trip
Do you miss your family? Have you wanted to meet your old friend for a long time? So do it! Bus, train, plane - choose what you want, just do not drive. And the time spent on the road, spend on writing an article. Do not stop until you arrive at your destination. Instead of a tablet, use plain paper.
5. Stop writing for your readers.
Take into account the needs of the target audience and write about what them interesting - important and correct. But sometimes you need to move away from this practice. If you are experiencing a strong writing block, it’s best to try to write about something that you interesting instead of adapting to readers. In this case, it does not matter if the topic of your post matches the topic of your blog. Just throw it out, pull it out of your chest. Believe, you will feel better. And users will surely enjoy your turbulent emotional outburst.
6. Stop following the plan.
Everyone knows that a pre-planned article plan can significantly speed up the process of writing it. Yes it is. But he can also suck all the joy out of him. So, if you feel stuck on a certain point in the plan, stop following it! Write the first thing that comes to mind. Who knows, maybe your crazy spontaneous thought will become the basis for a magnificent and unusual article.
7. Try writing at another time.
We constantly hear about how important it is to form the habit of writing at the same time. Stephen King wrote on a schedule, Haruki Murakami and many others. A clear set mode is usually useful for creativity. But what if your writing process is associated with lack of inspiration, procrastination and despair? And here you need to give up the regime. Try writing at another time. Do not be afraid to experiment.
8. Wash the dishes
Have you ever had a great idea while you were taking a shower? I bet yes. After all, our brain is designed in such a way that it is easier for him to give a good idea only after he has relaxed. Concentration on the problem does not work. If you are not satisfied with the option with a shower or you just feel sorry for wasting water ten times a day, try other activities: wash the dishes, tidy up the room or wash your laundry. Your main goal is to relax (mentally), and then the ideas themselves will tumble down into your head.
9. Walk around the room
Did all the housework? Or do you just reluctant to deal with them? Then try another method - start walking the room. It seems silly, but it really works. No wonder all the great writers and scientists are constantly engaged in this. Here you try. Take a tape recorder and start slandering what comes into your head. Then rewrite on paper.
10. Review your photos
Open your old photo albums or folders with photos on your computer and revise them. Remember the funny incidents that happened to you, and share them with readers. Think what lessons you learned in your life, and who inspired you to the most daring and wonderful things. If you share this information with your users, they will be very pleased.
11. Stop thinking about mistakes.
If you try to write the perfect post, you will never budge. Do not try to be perfect! Accept the fact that your first draft will be terrible. Just write. Write fast. Write what's on your mind. Without any transformation. Edit later.
12. Start from the middle
As a professional blogger or copywriter, you know how important it is to write a vivid introduction. One that will intrigue users and make them read the entire post. However, no need to strive to do it in the first place. It can greatly bring down your pace and agility. Leave the introduction for later. Start from the middle. You have already heard about this advice, so why not follow it?
13. Reread your most outstanding posts.
Feeling depressed? Lost self-confidence and ability to write awesome materials? No problem, with all this happens. Instead of reproaching yourself for failing to give something sane, remember your best posts. Find and read them carefully. Now you see how cool you are? Talent has not disappeared anywhere. He is still sitting inside you. You just need to remember this more often.
14. Listen to the sound of the surf
What sound do you think is the most relaxing? The sound of rain? Surf? A campfire? Find on the Internet a recording of the sound that you like best, and turn it on during a five-minute rest. To do this, you can use one of two services: rain.simplynoise and calmsound.
15. Learn to borrow other people's ideas and make your own
The obsession with not being like everyone else, always giving something exceptionally new and original, is also the cause of the writing block. Learn to borrow other people's ideas and transform them into your own. Read different materials, mix ideas of different people, add something of your own. As Austin Cleon said: "All creativity is based on something that was created before."
16. Set yourself challenging goals.
Did writing articles turn into boredom for you? Come up with an unusual goal, and it will bring you pleasure again. For example:
- Use a new metaphor in the text. Or use this metaphor, which will be associated with a particular topic (sports, movies, cooking, etc.).
- Determine the average volume of your posts and write 20% less.
- Apply alliteration, rhyme or onomatopei, etc.
Make your brain work and you will get incredible pleasure.
The whole truth about the writing block
Writing content for a blog is hard work. There is no doubt about it. But the writing block can make it even harder. Do not torture your brain and body. Try to enjoy this activity. Experiment. Find what is right for you. Write when you want. And do not be afraid to seem crazy. After all, as the Cheshire Cat said: "Nothing can be done. We are all out of our mind here."