In my last post I wrote about a book I read called “The Write Life.” One place I love to go to get ideas for new blog posts is a website called MyBlogU – I’ve used it extensively to get ideas for blog posts both for this blog and also for my Work at Home Tips Online blog. As a matter of fact, I wrote a post on Work at Home Adventures about that site, as well as their sister site MyBlogGuest a while back. So I decided to go to that site to get some feedback from other writers about waht they do when they experience writer’s block – here’s what some of them had to say.
I seem to struggle with writers block all the time. I find it difficult to get started with writing because I want to write something great and it seems to paralyse me. The key thing I have to do is focus on just sittng down and writing anything as a first draft while telling myself constantly I can rewrite it as much as I like. Collaborating with others at myblogu has also helped. When I wrote interview answers about a challenge I ran on my blog last year prompted me to think bout running it again in May to coincide with the interview being published. This in turn meant I was going to have to get it up and running in a couple of days. The best format was going to be to write an introductory post to the month of mindfulness and encourage people to sign up during the month of May. This meant some people would sign up straight away so I needed to get the emails written so that they were ready to send out over the next 31 days. I effectively felt I had promised to deliver the content and I found that the writing just flowed! I’ve never used the strategy of creating a real deadline for myself (rather than just saying I want to do this by Friday) and it worked really well. If you are writing a book I guess the closest you can get is to promise someone you care about that you will deliver the next chapter for them to read at a certain date – Dr. Elaine Nicholls.
I’m now reading The Magic of Thinking Big and the author advocates using action to cure fear and gain confidence. “Action feeds and strengthens confidence. Inaction feeds fear. To fight fear, act. To increase fear, wait, put off, postpone.” For writers, this means you can’t wait to be inspired. Make yourself sit down at the desk, pick up a pen and go through the mechanical motion of writing. Put down anything. Doodle. Get your fingers and arms in motion, and sooner or later, your mind gets on the right track. Most good ideas come from just getting to work. “Action must precede action, nothing starts itself.” – Arnaud from KipKitchen.com
I just go fishing, but that is not always possible. you do need to break away and do something else and clear your mind. clearing your mind completely is not an easy task, but is essential when writers block strikes, as your mind is rolling in circles, and you need to open the doors within the circular passage of thoughts, if not your mind will stay stuck in this unforgiving rut that just circles round and round on the same track. For me a fishing break seems to work, but I know of others who go for a run, or jump on a bicycle and take a long ride. you do need to get your mind into a different thinbking zone, and when you come back you will find that you have a different mind set, and may perhaps have a new idea on what to write or how to word that difficult piece of copy writing that you are battleing with – Frank Gainsford
Although I don’t blog on a regular basis, I have written articles for several websites and experienced the dreaded “writers block”. To overcome writers block I turn to the inspiration of other people’s online content success. The best tool I have found to research viral content ideas is www.buzzsumo.com. BuzzSumo allows you to quickly search by keyword or domain and see which topics are trending in your field of expertise. Buzzsumo will rank articles by how many shares they have received via social networks, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and Google Plus. This empowers you to brainstorm article ideas based on what people find most interesting. Not only will your audience be more likely to enjoy your content but most likely share it on social networks and therefore attract natural links. – David Hamann
I’ve personally never experienced writer’s block so badly that I was creatively crippled for vast amounts of time, but I have become stuck in places occasionally. When this happens, I generally do something else. Anything else. A spurt of exercise sometimes helps me get the blood flowing more efficiently to my brain, plus it’s kind of mindless and let’s your conscious and subconsious mingle a bit. Meditation helps too. Concentrating on nothing will sometimes help my subcounscious sort things out. My last resort is to read or watch a little TV – news or entertainment, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes there will be a line or a snippet of dialogue that will trigger an idea and help with a breakthrough. I hope this helps. Like I said, I’ve never hit a really big creative wall that I wasn’t able to hurdle by simply doing something else for a little while – Trevor Wallace
When I’ve suffered from writer’s block, I take a look over what I’ve written, and I pull out one small idea. From there, branching off of that one idea with smaller thoughts can lead to something new and exciting – Mike Tiscone
Honestly, using MyBlogU has been a great way to get rid of writer’s block. I’ve been writing for years on attracting women, and last week my brain just shut down as to which direction to take. I posted a brainstorm question here and suddenly I had one new idea that led to more than I need! The other thing I do is go to forums related to the niche I’m trying to write for. For instance, if I want to write about common issues that occur in relationships, I will go to a relationship forum or Yahoo answers and read all the complaints or questions. That usually sparks an idea in me! – Kari
I actually experience writers block quite often. I work in marketing and manage a number of blogs at work, which can be a real drain on my “real” projects, the blogs I run on my own at night. I spend all day excited thinking about all the cool stuff I want to work on at night, and all night dragging because I’m so tired from work!
Part of how I am managing this involves going to bed a little earlier (only slightly — I’m sort of both and neither a night owl and a morning person!) and waking up earlier in order to work on blogging in the morning, before work. That’s the single best way I’ve improved my sense of listlessness when it comes to working on my blog. Keeping a good to do list has also been motivating. I use HabitRPG, a free website that turns your to do list into a role playing game. I play it with my brother and find it very motivating!
To avoid the kind of writers block that involves having energy but not knowing what to do with it, I take lots of notes. Seriously, TONS. I have lists and lists of ideas I want to work on in Trello, so if I’m ever bored with one idea I have a whole smorgasbord of other things to switch to.
I think it helps that I’m always working on a variety of projects at any given time — if one blog’s got me down, I have a few others I can work on instead – Adrienne
These are some great ideas for getting rid of writer’s block… if you have any other tips that have worked for you, please comment below.