Writer’s Block happens; even as someone who keeps a running list of titles and post ideas, there are still some occasions where I just don’t feel my writing is flowing freely. The whole reason I created a running list of blog titles and ideas is so that I could have an idea to work on when I experience my own writer’s block. Writer’s Block can occur for a number of reasons, but when it happens to me it’s usually because I haven’t stopped for a moment to regroup and let my mind catch a break. All of that said, I’m sharing 4 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block.
Beat Writer’s Block By Taking A Break or Changing Location
Whenever I’m experiencing writer’s block and have already tried to push through it, I like to take a break. Sometimes I’ll go sit in another room for a moment, go make a smoothie or do something that enhances my experience of life.
I’ve found that working from my work computer makes me feel like I’m at work which doesn’t really ease my writer’s block. It is often when I switch to my personal computer that I feel like I have a bit more freedom. Sometimes something as simple as sitting in a different chair or changing rooms helps me beat writer’s block.
Go Outside or Go For A Walk
It’s been a bit hot, so depending on when you’re writing, walk at your own discretion, but cabin fever is real. It’s one thing to stay at home when we want to, it’s another to be at home for months at a time. Sitting outside in my back yard, listening to nature with a glass of wine is a great way to shake things up.
There are so many sounds and sometimes something as simple as watching the palm trees sway in the breeze allows me to have the space to receive a deposit of what it is I should be writing about. Disconnecting is real.
Seek Out Inspiration or Writing Prompts
Writer’s block can occur once we become used to the type of content we regularly put out. When I focus too intently on writing a specific piece of content I sometimes will experience writer’s block; whenever that occurs, I almost automatically seek out post inspiration or look for writing prompts to get me started on something else.
Not every single blog post needs to be deep, sometimes people just want to know more about you, writing prompts that encourage us to make lists or share something about ourselves are great options as well.
Beat Writer’s Block by Repurporsing Evergreen Content
Evergreen content is content that is regularly searched for, does well and lives well beyond the original post date. Repurposing is great when you have writer’s block because if something is outdated you at the very least have a starting point based on what you wrote before. It gives you a bit of foundation to think about how things have changed since you originally wrote the post.
Depending on how bad my writer’s block is when I’m attempting to write, I almost always go back to old posts to see how it can be updated and/or improved for where I’m at currently. Don’t always feel like you have to re-invent the wheel. If you are just starting out on creating content then sure you will need to put in some additional work, but if you have a bit of content already, re visit what you already shared to help beat your writer’s block.
There are number of reasons we can experience blocks while writing especially with our current circumstances. Getting outside and or breaking up the automation of your routine is a sure way to help; even lighting my favorite candle or creating the mood that I prefer helps me feel more creative.